2001 Mustang V6 Cam install?

Mar 24, 2018
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Hello all!
It’s been a while..
glad to be back
Anyways I have a 2001 Mustang V6 with 43k original miles (was 27k when I got it 2 years ago).
Anyways I want to slowly get more power out of it till it’s just barely breaking 300hp
To me that’s the perfect amount for a car like this. Manageable but not so much that id never use all of it. The motor is stock at the moment except for a cold air intake. However I’ve lowered the car by 2 inches and changed the exhaust to divorced duals to flowmaster 10 mufflers. Anywho as the title suggests I’m looking at an aftermarket camshaft. Now I found one called the “lumpy cam” on Supersixmotorsports.net and that seems like a good fit. It works with the stock heads which is a big plus as I’d rather not tear the block apart just yet. Now my question is with my car being so low mileage do I really need to replace valve springs, pushrods, roller rockers etc when changing my cam? It would make sense on a high mileage engine but on a low mileage engine it just seems silly.
I’m not gonna get a V8. Insurance where I live is night and day for the V6 and V8 model plus this engines got a lot of miles left so I’d hate to get a higher mileage engine just for an extra 60 HP stock.

How much would it cost for a shop to install said cam?
Same for valve springs push rods etc if I really need it.
I already got a tuner and made sure they are able to tune for the cam so that takes a large portion of the cost out of the way.

Any people who’ve done cams to their 3.8L advice would be very much appreciated! Cheers!

Here’s a pic of the Stang for those who want to see:
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Onesick99GT

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First off reaching 300 horsepower on a v6 that's NA is darn near impossible if it isn't already. Your talking major dynamics need changed. Bigger heads, pistons, stroker kit then all the adders your talking about doing to the motor. If you want 300 horsepower you need to turbo or supercharge it. I've heard a lot of good things about people turbocharging the v6's. I've replaced cams in my v8 and its not worth the hassle to do it again unless you have money to dump down the drain and don't care about spending it. The cheapest and most cost efficient way of increasing horsepower and maintaining fuel economy is to go with a turbo charging kit and have it professionally installed. Just remember when changing parts out it changes the way the car functions. The pcm can keep up with most moderate changes but any drastic changes will require a tuner to modify the fuel and airflow tables to make the car run good. Changing cams out isn't hard if your mechanically inclined but isn't quick either. And you won't get the horsepower increase your looking for on a V6 by doing a cam swap. The horsepower increases they list on websites is false. Most of the time these increases are on heavily modified motors pushed to the limit, then they add the part and say it add's such and such horsepower. I wouldn't mess with your motor having such low miles on it either. I'd go the route of turbocharging it.

You can call your local shops around town and ask who can do a cam change and see what there hourly rate is. Figure 6-8 hours for a cam change and you have the information needed to decide on what to do.

Sharp mustang btw!
 
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First off reaching 300 horsepower on a v6 that's NA is darn near impossible if it isn't already. Your talking major dynamics need changed. Bigger heads, pistons, stroker kit then all the adders your talking about doing to the motor. If you want 300 horsepower you need to turbo or supercharge it. I've heard a lot of good things about people turbocharging the v6's. I've replaced cams in my v8 and its not worth the hassle to do it again unless you have money to dump down the drain and don't care about spending it. The cheapest and most cost efficient way of increasing horsepower and maintaining fuel economy is to go with a turbo charging kit and have it professionally installed. Just remember when changing parts out it changes the way the car functions. The pcm can keep up with most moderate changes but any drastic changes will require a tuner to modify the fuel and airflow tables to make the car run good. Changing cams out isn't hard if your mechanically inclined but isn't quick either. And you won't get the horsepower increase your looking for on a V6 by doing a cam swap. The horsepower increases they list on websites is false. Most of the time these increases are on heavily modified motors pushed to the limit, then they add the part and say it add's such and such horsepower. I wouldn't mess with your motor having such low miles on it either. I'd go the route of turbocharging it.

You can call your local shops around town and ask who can do a cam change and see what there hourly rate is. Figure 6-8 hours for a cam change and you have the information needed to decide on what to do.

Sharp mustang btw!
Thank you for the advice
The only problem with that is every shop I call won’t do it
Unless I can find a kit that has all the parts so they just put it together and tune it they won’t do it
The only place that was willing to do it wanted $20K! That’s right you heard me $20k!
If someone had a kit they would sell that had the turbo manifolds id probably do it
The issue still remains that I’d like it to remain reliable as I don’t want it breaking when driving it to the track and car meets and whatnot

Glad you liked the photo here’s another for ya
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Onesick99GT

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20k is insane. Where do you live? I bet if you post a thread looking for somebody to install and tune you can find much cheaper prices. That probably included the kit, the install and the custom tune. I've never done a turbo install before but somebody on here might be able to help you with doing it yourself then just towing it to get it tuned. Then your looking at the price of the kit + tow and tune if you install it yourself.
 
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20k is insane. Where do you live? I bet if you post a thread looking for somebody to install and tune you can find much cheaper prices. That probably included the kit, the install and the custom tune. I've never done a turbo install before but somebody on here might be able to help you with doing it yourself then just towing it to get it tuned. Then your looking at the price of the kit + tow and tune if you install it yourself.
I live in northern Minnesota
I can turn a wrench and I know exactly how and where the turbo could sit comfortably I just don’t have the parts to do it yet
I asked the shops again if they would just install an eBay turbo kit and I’d change the turbo out within a month for an actually good turbo and they all said no because “eBay turbos are garabage and it will break then everyone wants a warranty” so again no one will do it.
It’s very frustrating hence why I figured a cam install would be easier since there isn’t a need for a kit since none of the shops in my state can do anything themselves :mad:
 

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Its your car so do what you want with it but just doing a cam swap wont do much unless you pair it with a performance manifold intake. That will help more air get into the combustion chamber and compliment the cold air intake as well. if you can turn a wrench I'd buy the turbo kit and install it myself then take it for a tune. Just my 2 cents.
 
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Its your car so do what you want with it but just doing a cam swap wont do much unless you pair it with a performance manifold intake. That will help more air get into the combustion chamber and compliment the cold air intake as well. if you can turn a wrench I'd buy the turbo kit and install it myself then take it for a tune. Just my 2 cents.
I probably should’ve mentioned I already have ported upper and lower intakes that I’ll put on prior to tuning with the cam Install. My bad. But yeah I would but I still don’t have a turbo manifold and like I said no shop will touch it unless it has one that fits
 

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