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Mack last won the day on January 21 2006

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  1. I rated the cam before the head work and throttle body, because you need the cam to take advantage of both of those. and swapping out a cam can be done without pulling the head. Porting the intake really won't do anything, at least on an EFI intake. You can smooth it out, but to actually port it would be a huge pain in the ass and you may as well build a custom one at that point. That being said, I did take the injector screw bumps out of the ends of mine as well as smooth out any bumps and ridges I could get to. if you want more compression, you'll need a different head or to severely modify yours. at that point, all bets are off and you may as well do some porting, polishing and cam swapping "while you're in there". You will end up with a few more than an additional 20 to 30 at that point.
  2. Some ways for more HP... easiest to hardes. A cold air intake/aftermarket air filter/mod your stock air box. 2.5 mandrel bent exhaust. with the proper muffler, it SOUNDS awesome as well. a header. although it wont do much other than sounding cool without a lot of other work. A cam. easy, bolt in power if you know how to work on these engines valve bowl work. Just blend the valve bowls into the upper portion of the seats if you ever have it off for a headgasket. more compression. flat tops and the .080" P79/p90 head mod. Or the maxima N47 head. Megasquirt. one of the BEST bang for the buck mods out there. hands down. definitely NOT for the inexperienced mechanic or tuner. I did all of these, except for the cam and the header. I also added a 60mm 240sx TB and got a bit crazier with my cylinder head porting on a maxima N47 head. My car (1980 2+2) went from a high 17 / low 18 sec stock 1/4 mile to a VERY low 15. That is on a puny stock cam. Next mods are a regrind, which I have sitting on the shelf, and a custom ITB manifold, as the stock intake manifold is very small and restrictive.
  3. thinking z32 tt

    I wonder why the torque was so low in comparison to the HP?
  4. vg30/33 cam questions.

    thanks BLOZ UP! I was kind of worried for a second there, but then I figured teh z stores disclaimer is probably a blanket statement left over from the L series, which are a lot more finnickey about cams from my experience. I am probably going to get this regrind. 131H because it will allow me to retain my stock springs and it won't be too wild, as this is still in a truck. no need to build a high rpm monster, haha! I think a retune would make it run optimal, but without it, being a MAF system, it will still put out more HP because the MAF is measuring air coming into the engine and giving it the required fuel. My xterra is a 2001 and I am going to lightly port/port match the heads as well. I got my ideas from this article. pathfinder build They supposedly picked up 4mpg on the highway, even while towing!!!!
  5. Hello, I am in the middle of a headgasket on an xterra (suprise!) and I figured I may as well throw a set of cams in it too "as long as I am in there". I have found conlicting ino on the net about what needs to be done. Can I use regrinds? the MSA site sells regrinds but only offers "Warranty on camshaft requires use of new rocker arms, proper springs, proper lifters " what the shit does that mean? why would I need new rocker arms when it doesnt even touch the lobe directly? I called them and they of course were no help. They just recommended replacing the entire valvetrain because "previous wear on old components could cause premature wear on the cams" Right. JWT wants $560 for a set of billet cams. that's a bit steep. What are you guys running on yours?
  6. 3.4L L28 stroker

    I am very interested in this build. I still have the block I took a crank out of and sold many moons ago, as well as a COMPLETE LD28 that I am holding on to for now.
  7. also, keep in mind, calculating the difference in diameter would give a better indication than the total area, since the middle of the valve is solid and air only flows around the perimeter of the valve face.
  8. What do I have, engine wise??

    looks pretty clean. tell us the engine stamp and the cylinder head number. It should be located between cyl 1 & 2 spark plugs. I would personally ditch the weber down draft carbs and put on a set of well sorted SUs.
  9. WTB 280ZX Gnose

    I am looking to purchase a 280ZX gnose for my kaminari widebody car. If anyone has one or knows where to get one (short of importing from JDM land...) please, contact me or post it in here. I'd even take a shitty zforceproductions one if someone wants to get rid of it. I can pay or trade parts for it. thanks!
  10. You might want to give Guy Henson at Damn Good Motors in Minneapolis a call. He is a real personable buy and does some of the best custom cam work I have ever witnessed. He even designs his own camshafts, down to the profiles and ramps for existing engines and has worked on some rather odd stuff. He is VERY good at one offs and customization.
  11. dimpled vs polished port job

    yeah, you really need a maxima N47 (or shaved P90/79) to run those numbers. I ran a stock MN47 on an f54 flat top with a felpro gasket for years. (daily drove in phoenix heat too!) Hell, it would probably still fire up if I put the intake back on! the calculated cr on that is about ~11.5:1. it ran on pump premium with a total adavance somewhere in the high 20s. with a stock cam. keep in mind that the more quench the less advance you NEED, as the flame front doesnt need to travel as far. Having MS&Se helps a lot as well. EDIT: to throw in some experience that pertains to the original content of this post, before I installed the head I gave it a very mild port job that was basically limited to cleaning the casting lines and blending the step right above the valve seat into the bowl. I also port matched the gasket and the intake as best I could. All was done with just burrs and a dremel. no polishing. When I pulled the intake off, the ports looked fairly clean. FWIW, but anecdotal at best.
  12. first timer with n47 maxima

    See if you can get some before and after flow numbers with the valves. I'd be interested to see if they make that big of a difference!
  13. the benefits of it would be that if you had fine enough electronic control out of it, theoretically you could throttle the engine with it and run a 300 + degree "full race" cam and have all the power in between that your little heart desires. You could also set it up completely mechanically, but the control would not be optimal. Complexity? not much really. it would add a few moving parts to a standard head. nothing nearly as complex as the vq37hr system, or even a honda vtec for that matter as it uses a hydraulic lifter esque part. I know all of you are thinking "oh great, now we won't be able to wick the RPMs up" But there have been recent engines built with hydraulic lash adjusters that are very capable of 8500RPM in STOCK trim (check out the vw 07k!) The Jury is still out on cost. I'll know more after I have a chance to speak with the patent attorney. That will hopefully be soon, but as I understand it he is dealing with family issues in rexas right now. And TimZ, I am glad someone appreciates my avatar!
  14. I know this has probably been covered a thousand times before, but I have an idea that would be easily retrofittable and could even be made 100% mechanical with no need for electronics what so ever. This system will essentially work on ANY non shaft mounted rocker arms (yes, SBC, SBF and mopar) Cost shouldn't be too bad, as there isnt much complexity or need for a whole slew of new parts. Some minor modification to the cylinder head and valve cover, but other than that it should be a bolt in affair. I have spoken to an engineering firm about this and they seem to think it is feasible enough to at least warrant building a prototype. I am also waiting to speak with their in house patent attorney about filing a provisional patent, at which time full details will be released. It would essentially do what the intake side of the vq37hr VVEL system does, except a lot less complicated, and easily made to work on the exhaust side as well. So, any interest?
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