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Hello.I have a 289 a code 225hp -65 in my mustang and dont now what camshaft i should use.This i have:
Weiand action + manifold
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What cam should i get if i dont want to crasch my valvetrain?Excuse me for my bad english,come from Sweden.:nogrinner
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Hi Jolle 55. Welcome to the site. As to your question, I think it depends on what you are going to use your car for. Some cams will provide torque and some provide higher RPM's. Some cams will not idle very well on the street (such as my cam) which is a Comp Cam FW 286H-R10. This cam requires at least 373 rear end gears because it makes its horsepower at higher RPM's. You might want to log on to Comp Cams website or Summitt Racing products to see the different cams and what they do. Hopefully, that will allow you to make a proper choice because your compression ratio and other things factor into your decision.
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I had a friend that had a Comp Cam setup but he installed the cam used for a 351 Cleveland motor in his 289. The idle lope was SWEET. Not harsh sounding like I like it but mild and strong sounding. His set up was running a mid-range torker intake manifold.
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I have found a few cams.Want to have little choppy idle but not choppy idle before performance.Comp cams "camquest" says this cams:
N+271H nostalgia cam 2200-6400rpm (fun cam i think)
XE262H 1300-5600
268H 1500-5500
XE268H 1600-5800
270H 1800-5800
XE256H 1000-5200
XE274H 1800-6000
280H 2000-6000

I dont want to change so much in my valve component.Rear gear is stock now,but gonna change it soon.How much lift can i get in my stock engine whitout do anything about the valve component?
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i wouldnt go more than a 472 lift cam with out going to screw in studs in the heads. i did run a 496 lift with the original rocker studs but they dont recommend it. also ckeck to see what rocker arms you have if they are rail type or the earlier type. the rail type cant handle the higher lift cams so well
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I have the earlier type.Gonna order a camshaft soon and need more advise of what cam i should have.Going to put on a supersharger in it ,maybe next winter,then i take down the entire engine and fix it,but if i buy a cam now,i want it to work whit supercharger to.
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Try checking out Crane Cams. I found their technical support to be great. I called them up, told them what I had for car and engine and told them what I was going to do to the car and told them the rpm range I wanted my power in. They talked with me a little, asked some questions and then came back with their recommendations. I found them to be very helpful.
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I think i going to choose compcams 268H,because it should fit a supercharger engine in the future,and i dont have to change valvesprings and ohter stuff until i rebuild the engine for supercharger.Is this solution right.
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You should still give their technical support a call just so they can see if that certain cam will work for what you want to do now and in the future. It is very insightful and gives you a bit of a different perspective. Even if you don't take their recommendation it's still good to hear what they have to say. But it's just a suggestion.

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ya for the 10 minute phone call you can really find out a lot. and it is way cheaper than installing a cam that isnt gonna work you could have the right lift but the duration may need to be different for a supercharged engine. they deal with this stuff every day and could probably point you in the right direction in minutes
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Yes, you are right,but i am so bad at english so i am a little bit afraid to take the phone and call them,live in Sweden.
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You should be fine. But it saved me money calling them because if I had gone with my cam selection it would not have been the best fit.
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Yes, you are right,but i am so bad at english so i am a little bit afraid to take the phone and call them,live in Sweden.
Don't worry about the english because they really strive to help people. They don't want you running a cam that doesn't work. They are going to need to know somethings about your car including your rear end gear ratio and perhaps the size of your rear tires. So make a list of all the modifications you've made and the ones you plan to make to you can answer their questions. I'm wondering if now is the time to install a cam. Maybe you should just drive the car the way it is now and then when you do the engine work and supercharger installation, add the cam and valvetrain components at that time.
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bubbamace has a good point the cam you may need to run with a supercharger to make optimum power may make your current set up run horrible or at least less than desirable. once again id call the experts on this one they want to sell you a cam so you can aggrevate them pretty much before youll get a attitude
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