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Old 01-01-2014, 03:35 PM   #1
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Cam upgrade 3.8 ???

I am rebuilding the engine in my 1996 with a 3.8l
I want to put a bigger cam in it and was wondering if I will have to update the ECM and change anything else with the ignition.This is all new to me please help thank you
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Re: Cam upgrade 3.8 ???

yes you'll need a retune and for that you need a pcm form a 97, 96's aren't tuneable. don't forget you'll need headers, complete exhaust, tons of gaskets, new/performance timing chain and damper (single or double depends on cam) , heavier valve springs (depends on cam which ones), new valve locks and retainers, reusable rocker bolts, cam and crank bolt there tty new pushrods and lifters are also recommend and I sure they my be something I missed.

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-Tuned with HPtuners
-Full cold air intake by chromeintake's
-ZZP GT2 Cam 216/216 at .050" 111 LSA
-LS6 #90 yellow springs
-Comp pushrods 7.05 5/16 .080" thickness
-INTENSE Re-usable Rocker Arm Bolts
-JP Performance Single Timing Chain
-Manley Performance Valvespring Retainers
-Comp OE lifters
-EGR delete
-Pacesetter Headers
-cat delete
-2.5" S,I and over the axle pipe.
-Borla PRO XS
-3.5" SS tips
-NGK TR55 spark plugs
-MSD 8.5MM Super Conductor Ignition Wires #32799
-180 Thermostat
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Re: Cam upgrade 3.8 ???

list of cams

3800 Series II Cam List
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Re: Cam upgrade 3.8 ???

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yes you'll need a retune and for that you need a pcm form a 97, 96's aren't tuneable. don't forget you'll need headers, complete exhaust, tons of gaskets, new/performance timing chain and damper (single or double depends on cam) , heavier valve springs (depends on cam which ones), new valve locks and retainers, reusable rocker bolts, cam and crank bolt there tty new pushrods and lifters are also recommend and I sure they my be something I missed.

heres my basic list

-Tuned with HPtuners
-Full cold air intake by chromeintake's
-ZZP GT2 Cam 216/216 at .050" 111 LSA
-LS6 #90 yellow springs
-Comp pushrods 7.05 5/16 .080" thickness
-INTENSE Re-usable Rocker Arm Bolts
-JP Performance Single Timing Chain
-Manley Performance Valvespring Retainers
-Comp OE lifters
-EGR delete
-Pacesetter Headers
-cat delete
-2.5" S,I and over the axle pipe.
-Borla PRO XS
-3.5" SS tips
-NGK TR55 spark plugs
-MSD 8.5MM Super Conductor Ignition Wires #32799
-180 Thermostat
Pro Tip:

Get that JP timing chain off ASAP.
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