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Old 12-20-2003, 09:32 PM
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1987 dodge 318 cam question

I have a 1987 dodge ramcharger and I am going to put a camshaft and lifters in it pretty soon and I was just curious if it has the hydrolic roller cam or just a hydrolic flat tappet cam? I plan on putting a comp xe260 in it. I plan on leaving the factory 2 bbl carb and intake. It already has duel exhaust with glasspacks and no cats. Will that cam be fine for a daily driver with no engine mods?
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Old 12-20-2003, 11:08 PM
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The 260 Comp cam should be great for a daily driver, I ran a 268 Comp cam in a 360 many times, good idle, good power, totally driveable.
I run a hydraulic roller in the 5.9 in my motorhome, it's the .480" lift 264/274 Comp cam, smooth idle, M1 intake, 1 3/4" headers and two 3" Flowmasters mounted in TANDEM (single 3" exhaust). Smooth, driveable, plenty of power top to bottom.

I would run the 260 Comp in your 318, it should be good.
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Old 12-21-2003, 12:05 AM
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THe 1987 motors are NOT roller motors. I rebuilt one myself, I'm positive of it. You missed it by one lousy year man. Actually though, what I did was buy a stock set of roller lifters and bought a spider from mopar. I drilled the top of the lifter valley and ran the roller anyway. Worked out great. You'll save a bunch of money with a flat cam, but you can also go a little cheaper with a roller, but you have to run retrofit lifters or modify the block.

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BTW a bigger cam will want a four barrel and better intake.
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Old 12-21-2003, 02:28 AM
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Very true on the block- my motorhome is a 1973 but the block is now a 1992. There are bosses in the intake valley for that "spider" cast in, but an 87 won't have it.
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Old 12-21-2003, 09:49 AM
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The XE256 was the camshaft I meant to say. It seems like it would wake it up a little and still do fine with the stock stuff. I eventually plan on installing an edelbrock performer intake and 600cfm carb along with headers and crane valve springs and retainers. Then will come an msd 6a box. I think all of that stuff will give me a smooth running daily driver with decent mileage down the highway.

It seems like the crane 260 powermax cam would also be a good choice.
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Old 12-21-2003, 09:54 AM
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I ran a split durration comps roller 260/270 on my motor. I ran the mopar magnum casting heads (look in their performance catalogue). When I sold the truck almost everybody who drove it said "oh, did you put 4.11's in this thing or something?" "Nope, stock gears, smallblock motor."

I guess my point is, you can go a little bigger on the cam.

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