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Old 02-17-2013, 07:38 AM
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406 cam choice help

Hey guys i just bought a motor build off a friend and it came with two cams

xe 268h
RPM operating range 1600 - 5800
Duration advertised Inlet 268, Exh 280
Duration advertised @ .050" Inlet 224, Exh 230
Valve lift with 1.5 rocker Inlet .477", Exh .480"
Lobe separation angle 110


3574-2s-6
Intake @Cam 3574 @Valve 536 All Lifts are based
on zero lash and theoretical rocker arm ratios.
Exhaust @ Cam 3694 @Valve 554
Rocker Arm Ratio 1.5


my questions is which one of these would be best to use or is there another recommendation you would choose?

not trying to get anyone to do my homework just thought I'd fish for opinions. my goal is to be above 500hp, just wanting to build a street friendly weekend warrior for my camaro.

build i have is

-406 block
-camel back heads/2.02/3angle valve job/1.5 roller rockers/ported polished
and intake is port matched(single plane)/ and stud girdle

-Holley 750cfm
-electric water pump and fans.
-overdrive trans
-4:11 posi rear

thank you for any input guys.

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bump..... anyone
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more info

neithet of the teeo mentioned
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whats "teeo" i'll get the info if i know. sorry i'm not the best gear head ... YET i'm working on it though
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neither of the 2 mentioned.
I was typing from my phone
post info as to what you want as a finished product
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I don't believe you will hit 500 hp with the heads you have. A set of AFR 195 or 205 will produce 500+ hp on this type of build. Good luck
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If the heads are ported,you will likely reach peak power about 6300 RPM.The heads could mathematically make over 500 hp if you used a 6600 RPM solid roller cam. with close to .600 valve lift. single plane intake,big carb Good CR.9.75 ish good gas/ignition,good headers etc.Those heads have been ported to flow 250 cfm plus. then go for it

remember a 406 needs a bigger cam than what is usuallt advertised for a 350. A flat tappet hydraulic wont get you to 500 hp,with camel bumps,maybe 375-400
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well the heads and intake were sent to afr and they did the valves(3angle valve and 2.02), port work and polishing. the guy i got this build from said they told him he should be in the 550hp to 600hp range.... i just dont beleive it. the cam they gave him works best with a 12:1 compression set up and the lower end currently is dished forged pistons with 9.5:1.... i definitly want a pump gas car

so with out buying a new set of heads any suggestions for this build? i do have some $ to play with but i'd hate to have to buy a whole new set of heads when these have'nt even been on a motor since all the work.

i mentioned what i have to work with in the 1st post and like i said i do have some $ to work with as well. i have the block apart right now as i was going to send it to the machine shop to get cleaned, cam bearings and hone job.

i just want to be anything over 500hp... just the goal i have in my head.

thanks guys, for non-gearhead fans like me these forums are a VERY helpful tool and the information you share is greatly appreciated.
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I see you said the engine is apart,great!
Get the heads flow tested,find a shop with a flow bench.Bring back some numbers and pick a camshaft to fit your heads. The cam that is used for those heads wont be a hydraulic flat tappet. If you want a hydraulic roller,that will work ok.
look for a 540 lift (roller) that will rev 6400 or a solid roller that will rev 6600.
what exact intake do you have?
what size headers do you have? scattershield?
what kind of clutch?
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well i do plan on taking it to bakers in grand rapids and having it tuned/dynoed but now i'm trying to wrap my head around your post lol ok so

cam #'s
casting numbers or block?
get the heads flow tested.

cam numbers, one had all this on it.
"xe268h-14
uno606-05
cc"

the other cam had
"3574-2s-6
11-29-92
f152
crane"

the second one listed is new and never used the 1st one is what the motor came with.

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I actually agree with fbird,I too would get the next bigger cam.It will idle rough and work well.I would use a single plane intake and 850 cfm carb,1 3/4 inch primary headers. If you have 4.10 gears keep them if not,go 4.30 or 4.56 depending on tire size.I would be hesitant to go much over 10:1
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so how do i find the next size up cam? i really hope that wasn't a stupid question lol

guys you rock, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.

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it won;t matter much if those are the tires you will be using.

280hp will turn them into clouds of tire smoke.

Do you actually have a purpose for 500hp.... other than braging rights?

if you will not be using any tire better than those just build it.
as is as 10-15hp +/- will not make any difference.
it will smoke those tires at will reguardless.

And ya that is a stupid question. Look in the crane online catalog.

These Crane cams are powerfull. but will not work thru restrictive typical camaro exhaust.

You need long tube headers... and some sticky tires to make use of 485 to 500hp.

when that 406 eats the OD transmission replace with a th350.
It will. its just a matter of time.

nice looking camaro
4l80e tranny, from what i'v been reading that trans is pretty awesome and has overdrive. i'v already made the mounting brackets and dry fitted it in the camaro. the camaro is frame tied, lower control arms, tubular lcb's etc. i stripped that car down to nothing and redid everything along with the suspension, rearend etc. underside is mirror finish anyway thanks again fort he info, i have some homework to do
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