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Ok I am out of my area here so I could use a ton of help. I just got my nelson tune in and love it. I was looking at things and saw people get decent gains from new cams, plus they are reasonably cheap (compared to a whipple or something!). I know very little about them. What I do know is this, I want most of my gain to be in the low end to mid. Thats best for offroad. I wouldnt want to loose a lot of high end but am far more concerned with the low. Also I know there are different types of cams, like lifters, rollers etc... No clue what does what. What would be a good cam for my 5.3? How much and where could I expect a gain? I have the nelson tune now and would goto SA ro have him tune it for the cam once I put it in. What are prices like? Any help would be apreciated! I need some more power to get my 42s rolling when I get them on!
 

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I'm not a big cam guy myself but I've heard great things about the LS1 cam in the 99+ trucks. I've heard gains in the 25-30 hp range and with tuning it may even be better. I really don't have any experience or stories regarding real aftermarket cam swaps.

Cameron
 

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Physh1 said:
I'm not a big cam guy myself but I've heard great things about the LS1 cam in the 99+ trucks. I've heard gains in the 25-30 hp range and with tuning it may even be better. I really don't have any experience or stories regarding real aftermarket cam swaps.

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I dont really think thats a lowend cam though. Stephen, you should either ask at ls1tech.com or Allen :anitoof:
 

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Dark Eternal said:
hopefully allen will chime in :worship:
Hey what's up?

I've tuned a lot of cams, from very mild to wild. You're primary concern is lowend and mid range so stay with a mild cam that gives tons of torque down low. You'll need it to turn those big wheels.
I always recommend comp cams and I think this would work out great for you.
54-408-11:206/221 515/522 112lsa.
That cam right there will give lots of lowend and mid range, and it will still pull hard up to 6000rpms (about 5800rpms in a big truck). If you go too much higher you'll be sacrificing lowend.
I tuned a 5.3L reg cab with a cam very close to this one and it worked out great. I do believe he had a 114 lsa, this cam will give you a slightly noticable idle too, which works out great for that big truck.

keep us updated,

allen
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Ok cool. Where is a good place to buy from? I found it on comp's site and they want over $400! that seems like a lot for a cam to me, but what do I know :anitoof: . Sounds like this is the cam I would want, a strong low end with a nice pull the rest of the way through is perfect!
 
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