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thumpin cat
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posted 03-19-2003 02:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for thumpin cat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
how important is it to degree a camshaft?
what is the easiest way to degree a cam?
please let me know thanks.

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Red65
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posted 03-19-2003 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Red65   Click Here to Email Red65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was a recent article in one of the Mustang mags where they didn't degree the cam, and came up short when they dyno'd it. The tore it back down, and found out that they were more than a couple degrees off, even though they installed it straight up and per the instructions.

If its a stock cam, then you probably won't notice it, but if you want that last bit of HP, and you've gone to all the time and expense, then what's a few more minutes putting a degree wheel and dial indicator on and checking it?

I degreed mine just to learn how, and for peace of mind. Found out its a tad off, but am going to run it anyways. At least I now know where to look if I don't meet my expected numbers and want to do some tweaking.

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steve'66
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posted 03-20-2003 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good advice from Red,

CompCams has the easiest directions for degreeing a cam. If you buy a degree wheel kit it'll come with directions too.

SteveW

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D&S Induction Systems
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posted 03-21-2003 02:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for D&S Induction Systems   Click Here to Email D&S Induction Systems     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You should always degree the cam and check piston to valve clearnce when installing a cam with greater lif/dur. than you already have. Even more so, when you're dealing with an "off brand" cam. I've found cams that were ground incorrectly and didn't use them.

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