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Old 09-01-2010, 03:43 PM
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I have been lurking on PZ for quite a while now, never really asking much... mainly because the question has always been asked before. However this time i think the answer has either eluded me or this hasn't been asked yet.

is it worth the trouble to replace a broken ex camshaft with an OEM or should a slight upgrade to both camshafts be in order?

here is the sitch: fixing bent valves on the h22a4, pulled everything myself, i see that the ex camshaft snapped in two... caled around and checked the net... oem from dealer is much more than what i would spend on a matching set of cams that would be a slight upgrade.

considering some post i have read here that power is actually lost with aftermarket cams, and the fact that stock is good enough for me, is it more favorable to simply replace the single ex cam or upgrade to stage one cams...

also note: i do NOT plan on upgrading the entire valve train!
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Re: Camshafts: OEM or 1-step UP

type-s cams FTMFW
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Old 09-01-2010, 04:38 PM
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Re: Camshafts: OEM or 1-step UP

Get one step up, like the BLOX Tuner type A cams. I hear good things about them.
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Re: Camshafts: OEM or 1-step UP

Also i should mention the second owner of this puppy had aftermarket cams and gears and those absolutely ground into the lifters causing a need to buy a whole new head. i don't need to have that happen again.... could that have been from a bad install or just aggressive timing??
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Re: Camshafts: OEM or 1-step UP

It could have been plenty of things. Most likely from incorrect valve lash, or an overly aggressive cam.
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Re: Camshafts: OEM or 1-step UP

ok, thanks guys .... there is one vote Blox Tuner , one vote Type-S... anyone know of reliability issues or can vouch for either of these or suggest better for initial upgrade without valve train alteration?
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Re: Camshafts: OEM or 1-step UP

I think the Crower stage I or II doesn't require alteration either, but I can't remember off hand.
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Re: Camshafts: OEM or 1-step UP

The Skunk2 Tuner series cams are pretty adequate for street use. However I and many others would advise that you need a tune to go with aftermarket cams. So if you're not looking to spend an asston of money, hunt some Type-S cams down and use those. They're OEM and not much more aggressive than the regular cams, but you will notice a slight improvement. They'll probably be cheaper than new OEM units or an aftermarket offerings.
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Re: Camshafts: OEM or 1-step UP

I like what you say dbd6604,.. and yeah i actually had plans to have hondata dropped in once i got it back functional... two votes TYPE-S so far and after a few days calling around in long island seems like those are just as available as anything else [ read as will take 4-6 business days to ship ]
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Re: Camshafts: OEM or 1-step UP

Well...if you're getting Hondata relatively soon...you should get something a little more aggressive (like the BC or S2 cams mentioned before). I didn't know you planned on getting tuned so....yeah.
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Re: Camshafts: OEM or 1-step UP

ANNNNDDD..... it looks like the Type-s is outside of my price range...300 more than if i went to dealer... but then again that's if i go through a merchant. i think though with what is in the forums Blox or skunk2 is sounding better and better.... unless anyone knows how to get their hands on Type-s ofr under 500 then i think that i will be going the route of "Crower/skunk/blox" cams
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Should've been around a couple months ago man. I sold my Crower stage 1's with a tuned P28 for right around your price range.
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Re: Camshafts: OEM or 1-step UP

Yeah he sold em' for hella cheap. lol

Buuuut yeah man...just check craigslist, and the Prelude forums...and reputable sellers on Ebay. I saw type-s cams on ebay the other day for like $300.
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Re: Camshafts: OEM or 1-step UP

anything stage II requires a valvetrain upgrade period.
stage I crower or skunk2 will be your best bet. you don't need a valvetrain upgrade, but should. if you do upgrade, get skunk2 stage II cams.

you can do some more research in the N/A build thread by TopEndLude (TEL)
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Re: Camshafts: OEM or 1-step UP

thanks guys for all your help... i think i will start the search for type-s cams around the web and keep my eyes open... i am not going to upgrade the valve train [as this will ultimately be turned into a daily driver ] and will instead opt for a polish on the head since they machine shop is throwing that in.

thanks again for the advice fellow luders ^_^
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