advantages of high perf. cam and lifter - Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars
Ford Forum Ford Forum

» Auto Insurance
» Featured Product
ยป Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > Ford Trucks | Utes | Vans |SUVs | Crossovers > Ford F-100 | Ford F-150 | Ford F-250 | Ford F-350 | Ford Super Duty | Ford Diesel
Register Home Forum Active Topics Photo Gallery Auto Loans Garage Mark Forums Read Auto Escrow

Ford F-100 | Ford F-150 | Ford F-250 | Ford F-350 | Ford Super Duty | Ford Diesel Forum for discussion of the Ford F100, F150, F250, F350, Superduty and Diesel trucks.

FordForums.com is the premier Ford Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-23-2008, 20:06   #1 (permalink)
14 yr old ranch kid
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: mt
Posts: 21
advantages of high perf. cam and lifter

i have the engine (400ci) to my 79 f350 torn apart down to the block. it would be real easy for me to put a cam and lifter in it but i cant find an explanation of what it will do for me. also I've kinda dont have a steady flow of income for the $180-$200. is it worth buying????
79-f350 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-24-2008, 11:21   #2 (permalink)
wwb
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Manitowoc, WI
Posts: 138
Re: advantages of high perf. cam and lifter

Unless you're into street racing, or plan to take it to the dragstrip, forget about it, and put the stock cam and lifters back in (provided they're in good shape).

A high-performance cam & set of lifters will give you more power, but the driveability will suffer, and your fuel economy will go right down the toilet. If you're pinched for money right now, the last thing you need is worse mileage with gas at $3.50 per gallon.
wwb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2008, 14:50   #3 (permalink)
Administrator
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 6,065
Re: advantages of high perf. cam and lifter

Quote:
Originally Posted by wwb View Post
Unless you're into street racing, or plan to take it to the dragstrip, forget about it, and put the stock cam and lifters back in (provided they're in good shape).

A high-performance cam & set of lifters will give you more power, but the driveability will suffer, and your fuel economy will go right down the toilet. If you're pinched for money right now, the last thing you need is worse mileage with gas at $3.50 per gallon.
That's not necessarily true. There are cam's for heavy duty applications such as RV vehicles, wreckers and vehicles that haul or pull heavy loads. These cam's would produce greater low end torque over stock and still retain good idle & drivability.

If you have a manual transmission I recommend using a stock cam but if you have a automatic in that F-350 then I recommend a RV/Heavy Duty cam if you do alot of hauling or pulling.

If you plan on buying a new cam discuss it with the dealer and they will make sure you get the right cam for your needs.

Also if you go back with the old cam be sure the lifters go back in their original locations as you will end up with premature cam & lifter failure.
jwko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2008, 20:33   #4 (permalink)
14 yr old ranch kid
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: mt
Posts: 21
Re: advantages of high perf. cam and lifter

i haven't taken out the cam or the lifters for that reason (mixing up the order). thats why i asked u guys before doing anything. the truck will probably haul a horse trailer occasionally or a bobcat or gooseneck trailer like if our 01 dodge 2500 cummins is broke( i like the cummins, dont like the steering or suspension in the dodge)so do u still think a cam is necessary? also how should i clean my 2v heads once i get them torn apart?
79-f350 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2008, 07:18   #5 (permalink)
Registered User
 
kaboom10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 130
Garage
Re: advantages of high perf. cam and lifter

The factory doesn't put in a production cam that is worth the time of day. An engine is an air pump basically. The camshaft is the part that dictates the time/amount the valves are open. Improvements can be made, within reason, just by replacing it. Think of it as you would conditioning your body. You perform better when you can take in more air and utilize it for strength and stamina. For what you want to spend you could possibly find a used cam in good condition that someone used and found it wasn't what they wanted. I sold many a like new cam and lifters trying different grinds.
__________________
02 F-150 FX4 w/Baer rotors,carbon kevlar pads,SS lines,remote coolers/filters. IAS shocks,LiveWire tuned by me.
kaboom10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > Ford Trucks | Utes | Vans |SUVs | Crossovers > Ford F-100 | Ford F-150 | Ford F-250 | Ford F-350 | Ford Super Duty | Ford Diesel



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 17:58.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.