Cam parts list

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  1. KGBIGCOUNTRY

    KGBIGCOUNTRY Senior Member

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    This will be an info thread for everyone looking to do a cam install on there Hemi. Read through the list and it will give you a good understanding of what all you need to track down for the install, have fun.

    Things you will need for a cam install:
    -Cam of your choosing
    -Springs (most of us use 6.1 exhaust springs, you can use aftermarket)
    -Pushrods (most of us use 6.1 intake and exhaust rods, if the cam is a regrind or your wanting fordged rods they can be ordered)
    -Cam bolt
    -Crank bolt
    -Fluids (oil and antifreeze)
    -Oil filter
    -Crank pulley puller
    -RTV sealent for front cover and oil pan where they meet up
    -Assembly lube (for cam and pushrods)
    -Trq wrench
    -Cam degree wheel

    *The stock retainers can be used unless you want aftermarket or new

    If you do the spring swap with the heads on your going to need:
    -Miller valve spring compressor pn#9065B (or a make shift compressor due to the heads and the buckets on the 6.1 springs)

    If you pull the heads to do a spring swap:
    -Head gaskets
    -Head bolts
    -Exhaust gaskets if you pull the manifolds or header
    -C-clamp style spring compressor

    Suggested parts to install while your there:
    -180* T-stat
    -New timing set (the tensioner slides do wear out)
    -Crower adjustable timing set if you want to advance/retard a cam
    -A/F meter
    -6.1 oil pump

    If your unhooking the fuel line from the rail your going to need the slip insert to unhook the line.

    Most leave the AC compressor hooked up and out of the way unless you own a shop.

    Air tools and cordless impacts will make the job 100% faster and easier but not needed.

    ***** Some cams will require other mods to work the best so do research*******
    -Small cams can run off base tunes or a canned tune, best performance will come from a custom tune
    -Most cams will want a header (shorties, mids or full blown long tubes)
    -Larger cams will want a converter to get into the power band
    -Larger cams will want a good set of heads
     
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    Great checklist Ken! Nice having all your parts and supplies there and ready instead of running to the parts store 2 or 3 times.
     
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    Just a question? How come I never see anyone changing the rockers?

    BTW exceptionally nice list!
     
  4. KGBIGCOUNTRY

    KGBIGCOUNTRY Senior Member

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    Harland Sharp was making a set of adjustable ones at one time that were through the roof expensive. I believe Sharadon did some testing with them and never heard much more on them. The rockers on these motors will handle a pretty high lift cam. A set of lifters would be more common to replace. If you notice most of the cams in the trucks have decent lift but not full on stroker like the LX and Jeep guys are running.
     
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    Great List Man. I was pondering on Buying the Sharadon Rocker Coller (Holdown) Set-up but it seems the price has jumped in the last year and other than looking pretty cool is IMO one of those nice to have or serious parts like the Titanium Retainers. If I ever work my heads I think I will get a set, but the 06 5.7 LX or 6.1 Ignition or Red MSD Coil set-up is ahead on my list!
     
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    KGBIGCOUNTRY Senior Member

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    Only rocker issues I would see whould be from a very high lift cam at high held RPM's but cant say I have seen a failure at the rocker on these yet. Most cam failures come from A) the cam being degreed wrong, B) incorrect springs or pushrods and C) the motor not being turned over by hand a few cycles to make sure the pushrods are seated.
     
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    Rough estimate on a shop to do the work, this is beyond my abilities unfortunately.
     
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    Why is the cam degree wheel needed? Everyone I've talked to says there is no degreeing the cam, just make sure its at 12 and crank at 2?
     
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    ? on the thread

    What kind of power would I expect to see from the cam swap and what is the best cam to use plus what kind of price would I be looking at
     
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    Great write up!! could we possibly get a rough price range on this build and some sources for parts thanks!!
     

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