Performance Camshafts Key West FL

Looking for Performance Camshafts in Key West? We have compiled a list of businesses and services around Key West that should help you with your search. We hope this page helps you find Performance Camshafts in Key West.

Island Tire
(305) 743-8755
1326 107th Street Gulf
Key West, FL
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Sign''s & Graphics of the Keys
(305) 852-2248
Mm 86 5
Key West, FL
Services
Auto Body

Napa Auto Parts
(305) 294-5201
2334 N Roosevelt Blvd
Key West, FL
Services
Auto Parts, Car Washes, Car Detailing

Dions Quik Mart
(305) 296-2205
451 US Highway 1
Key West, FL
Services
Service Stations

Goodyear Tire Dealer
(305) 296-6528
2312 N Roosevelt Blvd
Key West, FL
Services
Tire Shops

Sears Roebuck and Co
(305) 292-4239
3202 N Roosevelt Blvd
Key West, FL
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Paradise Transmission Service Inc
(305) 289-7372
5628 Macdonald Avenue
Key West, FL
 
Max''s Truck Tire Repairs
(305) 296-1730
717 Us Highway 1
Key West, FL
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Banner Tire of Key West
(305) 296-6528
2312 N Roosevelt Blvd
Key West, FL
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Daffy Daves Automotive
(305) 293-8885
1300 Duval Street
Key West, FL
Services
AC and Heating Repair,Clutch Repair,Mufflers Repair

Choosing Performance Camshafts

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Americans are very enthusiastic about their automobiles. Therefore, when they purchase, rebuild or even imagine their dream cars, a tremendous effort is put forth to make sure it is exactly what they want. Because the engine is arguably the most significant element in the performance of the car, it is very important that the internal components be properly selected so that the engine, and the entire vehicle, can achieve the desired results.

The camshaft is the main component that will help enhance the performance characteristics of the engine, but it is important to understand what role the cam plays in the engine and how the cam specs can be changed to optimize the performance. The cam causes the valves to open and close, and that regulates how much air and fuel enters and exits the combustion chamber. As is the case with most decisions, there are clear tradeoffs that must be made with cam selection. It is critical to select the proper cam for the size engine, the components in the engine, and ultimately what the expectations of the vehicle will be. Chances are that if we are even considering a high performance camshaft, the car will be used for some type of recreation, and it must be fun to drive. It’s best to take a good look at things before making any decisions.

There are two basic types of camshafts used most commonly in most V8, pushrod style, mild performance street engines. The older and most traditional designs used a flat faced hydraulic lifter, while most newer designs utilize a hydraulic roller follower. While it is commonly thought that the decrease in friction is the main advantage of the roller cam, the benefit is actually mostly that the roller design allows the valve to be opened and closed at a much faster rate, resulting in more area with shorter seat timing.

Seat duration, which is the distance between the opening and closing point of the valve, measured in crankshaft degrees, is measured several different ways. The current SAE specification for rating seat duration of camshafts is .006˝ valve lift, which corresponds to about .0035˝ to .004˝ tappet lift. However, while the OEMs have adopted the SAE criteria in late model applications, earlier camshafts were typically rated at far lower tappet lifts. Some factory performance grinds of the 1960s and ’70s were rated as low as .0001˝ to .001˝ tappet lift. High performance aftermarket cam manufacturers normally rate their hydraulic cams seat duration at either .006˝ or .004˝ tappet lift.

It is very important to understand how the cams are rated prior to comparing a stock cam to an aftermarket cam, and before selecting a cam. The very beginning and end of the lift curve on a stock cam is usually such that the valve opens slowly and sits down very gently on the seat. This is particularly important for noise and seat recession, as well as overall durability. It is the area i...

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