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Old 07-05-2010, 01:21 PM
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Question CAM or CHIP?

Well guys - I'm still working on the truck, but all in all, I'm unimpressed with the performance of the 360. Granted its a big truck, but I'd expect it to pick up and go a little better. Part of it is mental: I just got rid of my Monte Carlo LT for the truck. It just seems like the 5.9 has so much potential, if it could just be unleashed.

So, I'm curious to your opinions: Should I cam it, or chip it? Here's my thinking: I'm not sure what kind of power gains over stock a cam would get. Tried to call Comp Cams and phone just rang and rang. Passing gear is what I'm looking for. It's just a toy, so gas mileage is a secondary priority. Needs to idle as close to stock as possible. But again: not sure on the RWHP gains.

For a chip, I'm just not convinced that $300 is worth 10-15hp. But my only experience with a chipped truck was an explorer and you couldn't feel the difference.

So, my question to Z is: Should I cam it, or chip it? Or is there something else I'm missing (blowers and NOS are out of the question for now). If 10-15hp is all I'll get out of both, then I'll pass on both.


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Since mines a daily drive I went with the a superchips flashpaq I felt the horsepower and torque gains right away on the 91 tune. The reason I felt it, is because I put 100,000+ before I actually did anything to it I would do a cam but gas is a problem for me. So depend on your cam you get will determine your HP gains but if you drive it like I do mine go with a programmer/chip
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If it were mine, I'd do the cam, chip, headers, true duals and a CAI.
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Save up and try to do both at the same time and get the chip custom tuned to the cam along with the rest of the mods. If you're going to do it, might as well do it right.
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Well guys - I'm still working on the truck, but all in all, I'm unimpressed with the performance of the 360. Granted its a big truck, but I'd expect it to pick up and go a little better. Part of it is mental: I just got rid of my Monte Carlo LT for the truck. It just seems like the 5.9 has so much potential, if it could just be unleashed.

So, I'm curious to your opinions: Should I cam it, or chip it? Here's my thinking: I'm not sure what kind of power gains over stock a cam would get. Tried to call Comp Cams and phone just rang and rang. Passing gear is what I'm looking for. It's just a toy, so gas mileage is a secondary priority. Needs to idle as close to stock as possible. But again: not sure on the RWHP gains.

For a chip, I'm just not convinced that $300 is worth 10-15hp. But my only experience with a chipped truck was an explorer and you couldn't feel the difference.

So, my question to Z is: Should I cam it, or chip it? Or is there something else I'm missing (blowers and NOS are out of the question for now). If 10-15hp is all I'll get out of both, then I'll pass on both.


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Do you have stock size tires on it or oversized ? I'm running 35" and the tire size has killed me . I have already installed a Hypertech Programmer (not the best choice) . I've contacted several cam companies and told them my issue . They have selected a cam that will help me . But I know I'll need a better exhaust system also . So first thing is a set of long tube headers and real dual exhaust . Then I'll make the decision on recamming it .
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