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Comp Cams Stage 1 Xtreme Energy XE262AH Camshafts (96-04 GT)

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  • MPN# 102500

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Features & Details

  • More Power.
  • More Aggressive Idle.
  • Streetable Cam.
  • Daily Driver Friendly.
Ideal Upgrade. If you're ready to take the next step with modifications but don't want to go forced induction, consider a set of Comp Cams Stage I Xtreme Energy Camshafts. The perfect addition to your street-driven Pony, this cam is a perfect balance of drivability and power when you don't want to sacrifice either.

Power on Demand. The XE262AH Camshafts are a great balance of additional power delivered throughout your whole RPM range. And unlike more aggressive cams which may deliver bigger top end gains, the XE262AH doesn't force you to sacrifice power or torque on the low end.

Daily Driver Friendly. This camshaft is a great choice for daily driven 'Stangs with its slightly more aggressive idle and power profile. With a tune, this street-friendly camshaft will give you the additional power you want, without the lack of drivability sometimes experienced with more aggressive cams.

Application. This SOHC Camshaft is designed for 1996-2004 4.6 two valve V8 Mustangs with Performance Improvement Heads. Recommended for use with Comp Cams 26113 Valve Springs.

Fitment: 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

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Comp Cam Data Sheet
Part Number: 102500 Grind Number: XE262AH
Lifter Type: None - OHC Engine Type: FORD 4.6 and 5.4 SOHC MODULAR 2-V (1992-Present)
RPM Range: 1400 to 5400 Valve Timing : 0.05
Lobe-Center Angle 113 Intake Center Line: 109

Intake Exhaust
Valve Lash: Hyd. Hyd.
Duration: 262 266
Duration @ .050" Lift: 226 230
Valve Lift: 0.55 0.55
Lobe Lift: 0.3 0.3

Valve Timing @ 0.05" Lift: Open Close
Intake: 4 BTDC 42 ABDC
Exhaust: 52 BBDC -2 ATDC
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • Bullitt - 01
  • GT - 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04

Fits 1996-2004 4.6L Two Valve Mustangs Only

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Stage 1 extreme energy comp.cams

I love the sound in my 02 stang 4.6 I get a lot of looks just need to get it tuned now and install my long tube headers all n all great buy just for street driving thanks Am

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They are cool

I did the swap just cams no springs or those floater lifters my heads were milled but I hear some ticking noise but goes away I guess I should have gotten a high flow oil pump

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Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars
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What are the cam gear bolts needed? I am using the stock cam gears but i have read the other reviews and some have stated that i can not reuse the stock cam gear bolts. I am wondering where i could find and buy these new cam gear bolts?


  • If you need high performance fasteners, ARP is #1 in there field!


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Will these work with forced induction?


  • Yes they will work with forced induction and will still be street friendly while providing that race car lope at idle. The forced induction is going to exert more force on the rotating assembly. Be sure to consider how much boost you are going to use along with the cams. A stock lower end will handle an additional 150 HP beyond that and you will need to look into a Forged Rotating Assembly to avoid engine failure.


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Bama tune? Can you get a tune from bama for these on an 04 gt?


  • Unfortunately, our Bama tune files do not support cams on 96-04 Mustangs. You would need to take your Mustang to a local Dyno to obtain a tune.


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Does this have a noticeable lope in the idle? I was thinking about purchasing these stage 1 cams because I want the significant increase in power that they provide. However, I'm not a huge fan of a very noticeable lump in the idle. With this being the stage 1, would the idle remain fairly constant and not lumpy? Or is there any video that shows the idle characteristics of these cams?


  • I'm running these in my 02 Crown Victoria P71 and the idle quality is fairly constant, it has a slightly aggressive lope but its only noticeable below 800 rpms or with a stock tune. Chances are during the dyno tune they'll likely be adjusting your idle to 800-850 anyways. If you're running an auto tranny, it isn't lopy at all when you're in gear at a stoplight, your exhaust will sound significantly deeper and louder too. Power is great from about 1400-5800 rpms, and since you're about 800lbs lighter than I am, I think you'll really enjoy these :)


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Will these work on my 04 gt I read that it fits mustangs with pi heads, what about the factory heads off my 04 gt?


  • Yes, they are made for GT's from 99 to 04.


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What is the difference in stages for cams mean and is bigger better Cause I want the most of horsepower


  • The higher the stage of the cam, the more it lift open your valves which will lead to more air being pushed into the motor. The higher the stage will also determine where your power curve picks up and drops off as well. Basically meaning the higher the stage cam shaft the more power you can make at higher RPMs. Now with doing this, anything bigger than a stage one cam shaft you will want to upgrade other parts of your motor to handle this big change such as your valve springs, valve retainers, and cam phasers. Something like this is highly recommended to have installed by a shop, I also recommend consulting a shop before purchasing to better describe how your car will be running.


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Overall Rating 4.4

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Weekend

Installation Cost:$500-$1000

  • Performance Gain 4 4
  • Fit 4.777778 4.8

  • 3/5

    September 04, 2016

    They are cool

    I did the swap just cams no springs or those floater lifters my heads were milled but I hear some ticking noise but goes away I guess I should have gotten a high flow oil pump


    Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $500-$1000

    February 17, 2016

    Stage 1 extreme energy comp.cams

    I love the sound in my 02 stang 4.6 I get a lot of looks just need to get it tuned now and install my long tube headers all n all great buy just for street driving thanks Am


    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT Bowling green ky

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  • 5/5

    June 30, 2009

    comp cams

    awesome cam for a stock engine with boltons ...dyno tune and gained around 30rwhp...


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  • 5/5

    August 10, 2011

    satisfied but

    The only real problem with these cams are they don't tell you the stock cam gear bolts aren't the same size threads as these,real pain in the b@&&.Other than that real nice addition along with my other bolt ons.

    Clayton Hopkins

    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $250-$500

    July 30, 2012

    This is the correct size for a stock engine

    I didn't want to risk having my pistons kissing the intake valves with the larger stage II camshafts so I purchased these stage I camshafts. I have read in several articles that the stock 4.6 P.I. two valve engines have a very tight piston to valve clearance. These stage ones work just fine and let me just say, the idle has a really nice little lump to it and once you stomp the accelerator pedal you will know they're doing what they're intended to do. The engine pulls very good and feels like it could keep on going. I had these professionally installed by top notch mechanics at a performance shop and the cost was right at $500. If you want a pair of good cams that are the correct size for your stock engine or if you don't want to lose power in the lower RPMS, these will make you happy. Like I said earlier, these cams do have a nice little lump to the idle quality which is a nice bonus. Highly recommended.


    Year: 2003 Submodel: GT Greenfield, Oh

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  • 5/5

    March 25, 2010

    Comp 262AH

    Great cam for a daily driver, I have patriot performance stage 2 heads along with these Used degree wheel to set up timing, no change was needed in timing.


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  • 5/5

    July 04, 2011

    comp cam for street

    Normal installation, works well with the 4.6 v8. Only problem, required new cam bolts (not included). Cost us a couple days to have ordered from local ford dealer and another $30. That was the only problem, very pleased otherwise.

    Ron Commans

    Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    May 15, 2010

    Comp Cams XE262AH awesome!

    With these cams, Trick Flow heads and a Professional Products Typoon intake I gained 66 horsepower to the rear wheels of my 03 GT automatic. Before the dyno I had 229. After, 295. Not bad for an automatic transmission. My goal was 300 RWHP so now I am going to swap the shorty headers for long tubes and that should get me the 300 I was looking for.


    Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    February 27, 2012

    Comp Cams Easy Swap

    I chose the XE262AH for the very reasons they list in the company's paperwork, it keeps my Mustang a daily driver, I don't need to do a vast number of other things (stall converters etc) to really get the best from it. After the tune it was a solid seat of the pants feeling across the entire power band. It was an easy install but that's because I did it during a complete motor swap. With the motor in a car I'd say it's a full day to weekend job depending on skills and tools etc. Don't forget to purchase new larger bolts for the cam gears, in my application the new ones are the same size as the crank bolt.


    Year: 1997 Submodel: GT San Juan Capistrano,Ca

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  • 5/5

    April 14, 2014

    Great sound

    These cam sound great. I hade some other work done at same time don't know how much power they gave me but it feels like a better response. Love the sound and my new throttle response


    Year: 2004 Submodel: GT Miami,Fl

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    June 06, 2014

    Awesome Street Cams!

    These cams are perfect for the street. Noticeable idle. Didn't lose any power or torque down low and they still scream in higher rpm's. These cams actually outperformed some custom stage 3 cams I had in the mustang. Will work great on stock heads and even better with trick flow 38cc heads or any ported heads. Just got my car back and put down 330rwhp/ 328rwtq on a stingy mustang dyno! Definitely a good purchase! The real question is what are you waiting for?


    Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $250-$500

    July 06, 2013

    Perfect fit

    This is the perfect street cam. Nice lope at idle. Had to bump idle rpm to 850 to eliminate the idle surge when pulling to a stoplight. No big deal.


    Year: 2000 Submodel: GT Illinois, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $500-$1000

    January 07, 2013


    These cams are perfect for anyone looking for a little more kick out of their GT without sacrificing any drive-ability. No noticeable low end loss! My car picked up a little on the mid range and top end and it does indeed have a noticeable idle. My car now has Trickflow Heads paired with these cams and I have absolutely no complaints. Car made 344hp and 360ft/lbs of torque. Here is a vid of the idling characteristics. -


    Year: 2003 Submodel: GT Wichita, KS, USA

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  • 1/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    September 27, 2011

    don't like it.

    Didn't gain any hp, no difference at the track as far as time and speed,to have it installed and degreed it was a waste of time and money.


    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    May 12, 2016

    Decent Cams

    I would make this your last upgrade on a full bolt daily driver GT beings horsepower gain is small vs the cost of cams and install time. Yes the cams have a nice choppy idle, shakes a bit at red lights and if you’re buying these for the sound then they will hit your target however they claim you will not lose any low end power and I found that to be a little misleading. While they do add what feels like 15 to 20 horses they seem to zap some of the low end (below 3.500 rpms) response out of the motor and it defiantly losses some grunt down low and I noticed this with 4.10 geared/manual I can’t imagine what a stock geared auto would feel like. You will want to crank in some timing advancement on your tune. Take your time on this install and expect some major lifter/lash adjuster taps on first start up but this will go away during warm up if all went well also make sure you order bolts for the cams (uses same size bolt as harmonic balancer crank pulley ford or feeBay has them) on the Romeo motors and order gears too if you have a Windsor motor. Don’t get me wrong I am enjoying these cams and they do pull noticeable harder from 4k to 6,300rpms but if you’re still running a relatively stock GT there are other upgrades that will yield nearly the same gains, cheaper and easier to install. Because of this I say get gears, handheld tuner, plenum, 75mm throttle body, under drive pulleys, full exhaust and such first after all that if you want more (and you will) then cough up the extra cash and buy these as they will be your last upgrade on a N/A motor stock block. This gets me to the point of cam choice. As temping as it is Do Not go for the stage 2 or stage 3 cams if you plan on keeping the motor itself stock and not building a race motor and here are some reasons why. First this is the only cam that you can use the stock valve springs if your motor is still healthy, this is the only cam that you won’t have piston to valve clearance issues, this is the only cam that can run on a stock tune but also can be tuned in great with a simple handheld tuner, other cams have major idle issues that will need to be worked out, any other larger cam will not make you faster than these on a stock block with stock heads and intake manifold. By going larger then these on a stock block you will just simplify lose drivability and have tuning issues to say the least. Bottom-line… Good cams. Sounds good. Runs strong. Price per gain hurts some. Will make you smile if you did all other bolt-ons first and ran out of options.


    Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

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