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Old 03-03-2014, 06:33 PM   #1
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Cams at 100K

I am thinking about getting a set of cams installed on my car. I figure with cams, and a new tune, I will also (finally) get my wideband. Not sure what someone will charge to install cams, but I doubt it will be cheap. I'm guessing around $1K for everything? I could probably install them myself and save money, but I've never dug into a motor, I've worked on MANY other aspects of cars just not anything internally. Question is at nearly 100k miles, do you guys think it would be worth doing? I want a new car, but I doubt that'll happen for a year or two still. SO I want to make this one a little more fun. Any and all input is greatly appreciated. After all, aren't we all hear to share pour knowledge and thoughts with each other?


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Old 03-03-2014, 08:18 PM   #2
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If you have the right tools and a good guide you can do it yourself. Even better if you're planning on doing a mild stage 1 cam and keep the stock valvesprings.

I'd say it's worth it, but keep in mind it's nowhere near as easy to swap back to stock as your other mods. You know, for when youre ready to get a new car and need to trade it in in a few days
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:55 PM   #3
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I installed my stage one cams at ~70k mi with the help of a buddy and everything went smoothly. There is a great write up http://duratec.wikispaces.com/modification-cams with everything you need to know about swapping em. Tom did my tune and everything feels great!
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why not if your at 100k, havent done a chain or a water pump or you got more than 50k on the accessory belt. get in there and do it all, new valve cover gaskets the whole bit. just take the time to last all the lash tolerances with the correct buckets. -R
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I have a new belt, just haven't had time to install it.

I guess that's another good question. If I get them, while I'm in there what else should I replace?
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if you want to get a new car, why throw a grand at your old car that's only worth maybe $4k, for such a minimal gain?
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if its special, you will throw more $ than its worth into it. but yes that is the other side of thinking.

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I WANT a new car, but we are buying a new house soon and starting to talk about kids so I'm not sure a new car is in the cards for a while. So I wanna make this one more fun again. Every time I think about selling her I do something to change my mind. It's hard to get rid of a car that runs GREAT! I've only ever had one problem that really wasn't that bad and I'm at nearly 100K miles. So I think cams might make me fall in love again.
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I installed my stage one cams at ~70k mi with the help of a buddy and everything went smoothly. There is a great write up http://duratec.wikispaces.com/modification-cams with everything you need to know about swapping em. Tom did my tune and everything feels great!
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if you want to get a new car, why throw a grand at your old car that's only worth maybe $4k, for such a minimal gain?
1st you have to figure out if your going to keep the car & don't be wishy washy. If you buy a new car, then like elsolo said why do cams & $ at it? If your going to keep it then like Chris said, Its fairley easy to install stage 1 cams. So which way are you going?
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why not if your at 100k, havent done a chain or a water pump or you got more than 50k on the accessory belt. get in there and do it all, new valve cover gaskets the whole bit. just take the time to last all the lash tolerances with the correct buckets. -R
Just to say, You don't need to change out the chain & the valve cover gaskets are O-rings. Yea, check out the lash, but you really wouldn't need buckets as the base circle is going to be the same as the oem one.
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