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Old 12-03-2002, 07:22 PM
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How is the easiest way to degree in a cam? I will be swapping cams this weekend with the motor in the car so I need help on how to degree the cam in? Thanks

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Is it a race car? If it is a major brand cam I would just install it. Very rarely is the cam ground incorrectly. Only if you want to install it in a position other than stock would I mess with it.

To degree the cam in the car is very hard especially if the cyl head is on. If you checked exact TDC when you put the engine together and marked the balancer accordingly you are one step ahead.

If you do not know the TDC mark on the balancer is exact, there is no need to degree the cam without doing this first.

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unless you seriously race this car forget the degree stuff put it in straight up and forget it. makes good magazine articles but on a street engine the chain is stretched in a month or two and all that work was wasted. besides how do you know where the optimum timing is for this engine combination, without dyno readings and a ton of testing its just a waste.
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Yep! Put it in straight up and forget about it.
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come on guys even smokey jenkens says it wont hurt to degree the cam help him out answer the question
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good article on cam degree. sorry boys dont know much about motors but willing to learn
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I think degreeing the cam in is a good idea just for the sake of knowing the profile is indexed just as the cam manufacturer meant it to be. Of course your engine will run just fine with the cam straight up, but if you want to fine tune it later, and say, advance or retard the cam a little , you'll need to know where you were in the first place, and degreeing a cam is a great way to learn a little, and really not all that hard.
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Degreeing a cam is definately a good idea. I was thinking the same thing when i put in my first cam, just do it strait up. I bought a summit racing timing chain that was way off. Somehow it got mismarked. Anyway, after i put it in what i thought was strait up, i couldn't figure out why my engine didn't build RPMs. It was a pretty decent size street cam in a 302 and it would fall on its face at about 4200rpm. Took apart the front of the engine and degreed the cam because i susupected that was the problem. It turns out that it was advanced like 16 degress or something. So I bought a Cloyes chain that was properly market and called it a day. So, its a good idea to degree a cam.
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degree a cam in really is a good idea with engine set at true top dead center will let know if damper marks are off if so clean real good and use timming tape to mark it. a good after market timming set with degree buttons will be necassary. but as far as a degree wheel kit i would call summit race equip which the kit will have complete instructions.
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