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Ford Performance Hot Rod Performance Camshafts (05-10 GT)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Aggressive 60's Muscle Car Lopey Idle
    • Increases Horsepower
    • Safe with Stock Valve Train
    • Fits 2005-2010 3V 4.6L GT

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey everybody, I'm Justin with and this is my detailed review of the Ford Racing Hot Rod Performance Camshafts available for your 2005 to 2010 3-Valve GT. The Ford Racing Performance Hot Rod Cam should appeal to just about any 3-Valve owner out there who is looking for a set of aftermarket cams that's going to give some serious chop or serious lope at idle. One that's going to provide some pretty decent mid to top end gains, and unlike any aftermarket big lope cam, is going to be able to be used without any extras such as aftermarket valve springs or cam phaser limiter kits. Now first and foremost guys, the big appeal or the big draw with the Ford Performance Hot Rod Cams, is going to be that iconic classic muscle car big lope idle. Now this thing will offer some additional power benefits over your factory camshafts, but that's not going to be the number one priority with the hot rod cams. Yes, they're going to give you some additional power, but if making more power is your number one priority, there will be other options here on the site that will provide bigger gains. Now the hot rod cams get that big choppy lope idle by giving you a lot more duration over your factory camshafts, which also happens to result in some more midrange power. You know, speaking of duration, these cams are going to offer duration at 50,000s of 221 for the intake side, and 240 for your exhaust side. Now compare that to your factory camshafts with a duration at 50,000s of 175 degrees for the intake side, 193 for the exhaust side. And it's pretty obvious to see why you're getting that huge chop at idle, because this is a massive increase in duration over your factory cams. In addition to that big duration, you are getting 1mm of additional lift out of these cams from Ford Racing over your factory cams, which isn't a ton obviously, but it is enough to contribute to some top end power gains especially in the upper RPM range, while still being a no spring required cam. Now when you do start getting into the higher lift camshafts, that's when the big power gains really start to come. However, it is at that point where the requirement for those extra valve springs or aftermarket valve springs are required, in addition to the limiter kits, which is just going to add to the overall cost and the install difficulty. And again, that is one of the nice things about the Ford Racing Hot Rod Cams. You can essentially drop these things in and go, without the need for the aftermarket valve springs or the limiter kits, and you're still going to get that awesome idle, you're still going to be making more power over your factory camshafts. Now you will need an aftermarket custom tune with these things, along with a new cam belt, but those two are pretty much going to be a requirement any time you upgrade your cams regardless. But let's talk about the power a little bit more because that is obviously a big expectation when adding a set of aftermarket cams like this. And guys, this is going to be one of those cases where the more mods you have, the more gains you'll see when using the hot rod cam shafts. Now long tube headers are going to be a biggy here, guys. But going even further, looking at aftermarket intake manifolds, even ported heads, all of these are going to yield you even bigger results or gains when using the Ford Racing Cam Shafts, in addition to of course the basic bolt-ons or intakes, mid pipes, exhausts, things like that. And you can use forced induction with the Ford Performance or Ford Racing Hot Rod Cams if you like. But sticking naturally aspirated here, anywhere from 20 to 30 wheel with your basic bolt-ons long tube headers is not unusual. However, don't expect much when it comes to torquings, which are going to be minimal at best. The Ford Racing Hot Rod Cams will be one of your more expensive options on the site when it comes to aftermarket camshafts at just over 800 bucks, but you do have to consider one thing here, guys. Other aftermarket big idle cams like the Comp Cam Mutha Thumpr for instance, do require the use of additional parts like that cam limiter kit, which is ultimately going to add to the final price tag. So again, even though these might be a little bit more money initially, you don't need any extras. So ultimately they're going to be the most affordable option when it does come time to get them installed. Speaking of the install guys, this one is going to be a full three out of three wrenches on my overall scale of difficulty, because you do have to dive into the engine a little bit here to get these guys installed. So if this is something you don't feel comfortable with, don't be afraid to leave this one up to your local shop. Now if you do plan on tackling this install yourself, just make sure to leave a full day in the garage just to be on the safe side here, and of course you're going to want to have a decent set of tools on hand, including a specialty tool called a wedge tool, and this is just going to be used to hold that timing chain in place. Now we actually have some pretty detailed instructions located on the product page here for the cams, so these guys will definitely help you out if you are planning on doing the install on your own. Wrapping this one up guys, the Hot Rod Cams from Ford Racing are by far and away one of the most popular modifications for 3-Valve GTs, with over 100 5-star reviews on the site, and it's easy to see why. The hot rods definitely live up to their name with a nasty idle that would make even some push rod guys jealous, along with some pretty solid power gains overall when paired with some supporting mods and a tune. So be sure to check out a set for your 3-Valve right here at

    Aggressive Sound. Give your 4.6L 3-valve Mustang an aggressive lopey idle reminiscent of the classic muscle cars of the 60's with a set of Ford Racing Hot Rod Cams. No other cam manufacturer can offer the same aggressive sound and durability of these cams, in fact no one will believe it's a modular engine.

    Safe Upgrade. These Hot Rod Performance Camshafts were engineered by the same Ford designers of the stock cams to provide the most powerful cams available that are safe with the stock production valve train of your 2005-2010 GT. The Hot Rod Performance Cams are compatible with production springs, followers, and lash adjusters up to 6800rpm.

    More Power. Ford dyno testing has shown a 50hp gain with a stock intake manifold and CNC heads at 6500 RPM. The same vehicle without the CNC heads, but with long tube headers and cold air kit installed will see an impressive 30hp gain.

    Required Upgrade. To realize the full power potential that these Ford Racing Hot Rod Performance Camshafts have to offer, AmericanMuscle recommends a custom Bama tune with a Mustang Handheld Tuner to reprogram the vehicles computer (ECU) for proper operation.

    Application. Designed as an upgrade for the 2005-10 Mustang GT 4.6L 3V engine the Ford Racing Hot Rod Performance Cams require custom calibration to achieve optimized performance.

    Technical Notes. Increases lift from the stock 11mm to 12mm. Duration at .050", intake 221 degrees, exhaust 240 degrees, lobe separation 110 degrees. Long Tube Headers are not required for these cams to perform properly; but they will increase your performance gains.

    Fitment: 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Details

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    • (2) Cam Shafts
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    • Bullitt - 08, 09
    • GT - 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10

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    excellent sounds

    These cams sounds greeaat. I took my time installing them in my garage, so i took all day to do it. If your mechanically savvy and have the valve spring compressor and timing chain wedge, you should be ...

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    Love my Hot rod Cams

    For anyone considering these cams do yourself a favor and ignore the negative feedback. I have Cold air intake, 62mm throttle body, FFRP intake manifold, axelbacks and these cams with a tune from BAMA ...

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    Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    I have an 08 GT with 3.73 gears and an off road h pipe from Pypes with a muffler delete. It has no tune on it yet but I plan to get one soon. If I were to get these cams and install them without a tuner, could it hurt the car with the way it is all set up? I won't run it like that for long without a tuner but I'd still like to know how long I could run it like that without it hurting my car.


    • Hi, You can run these cams without a custom tune, They are were engineered by the same Ford designers of the stock cams to provide the most powerful cams available that are safe with the stock production valve train.

      Chris J

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    It this cam legal in Illinois?


    • We would expect these Ford Performance Hot Rod Cams to be legal in the state of Illinois. However any modifications you have concerns about their legality you should reference your local and state vehicle codes.


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    will this work with my 2010 mustang gt it has roush m90 supercharger? should i go ahead and upgrade valve springs?


    • Not with this cam, not required. New springs are only good on cams that have higher lift.


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    HP without headers Does anyone have any idea what kind of horsepower I could expect without doing longtubes? I live in a somewhat restrictive state that longtubes may cause me to fail inspection. My current mods are 3.73 gears, Airaid CAI and Bama 93R tune.


    • You can expect 15-20 HP gain. These definitely perform better with as open an airflow as you can allow. They are a too end can, so you won't notice anything as far as lower rpm difference. They shine above 2500-3000 rpm. I live in CA-- the most restrictive state in the union. I understand your woes-- however American Muscle offers some great alternatives. Pick up some Pypes Shorty headers. Way better than stock. Get the Steeda Charge Motion Control Delete plates (pre-2010 cars only) -- this eliminates the restrictive butterfly valve system on the intake manifold. Both are CARB compliant. You can always free up another 15 HP with an Offroad X pipe, which deletes your catalytic converters, however you will not pass smog with these installed. Get smogged, install awesome Xpipe later that day, rock on! It takes 6 bolts total to swap the x pipe, so it's an easy fix/swap as needed. In short, get these cams... They sound great, work well with a proper tune, and there's plenty of other legal, and quasi-legal stuff American Muscle can hook you up with to make your steed awesome. Enjoy!


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    Dose work with whipple supercharger


    • The Ford Performance Hot Rod Performance Camshafts will work with an 05-10 GT with a Whipple Supercharger.


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    looking for a cam with loud idle, light car shake as well as performance. would these do all that?


    • This cam will have a very aggressive lopey idle. It is going to add the same sound as those that were run on the 1960s muscle cars. You will have performance gains with these cams, which can be maximized by installing long tube headers.


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    Overall Rating 4.8

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    Installation Time:Full Day

    Installation Cost:$250-$500

    • Performance Gain 4.335484 4.3
    • Fit 4.890323 4.9

    • 5/5

      August 25, 2010

      excellent sounds

      These cams sounds greeaat. I took my time installing them in my garage, so i took all day to do it. If your mechanically savvy and have the valve spring compressor and timing chain wedge, you should be able to handle the install yourself. My only gripe is that its hard to drive slow, the car likes to chug a lot now in the lower rpms, in first and second gear. If you have a heavy commute in your mustang, i'd say put off this product, until you get a different car to commute in. But if your like me, and dont give a damn and want your mustang to sound sick and perform better, GET EM! I have other bolt-ons including a 4.10 rear end with a 93 race tune, and get about 14 mpg, so dont expect great gas mileage, but then again, if you have a V8 Mustang...gas mileage should be the least of your concerns


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    • 5/5

      January 12, 2011

      Love my Hot rod Cams

      For anyone considering these cams do yourself a favor and ignore the negative feedback. I have Cold air intake, 62mm throttle body, FFRP intake manifold, axelbacks and these cams with a tune from BAMA and even in heavy traffic on the highway with 3.55 gears there is no issue with low speed driving. Plus their is a HP increase to be happy about. The sound around 2000 rpm and up not only sounds like a hot rod it also has an exotic sound to it. Bottom Line I am very happy with my purchase. 20 MPG average is what I'm getting and that's with hard driving.


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    • 5/5

      June 07, 2011

      Old School Muscle!!!

      First of all, do yourself a favor and buy the SCT X3 tuner because with a Bama custom tune, these Cams ROCK the house! Before the install, my performance mods were a BBK TB, FR 4:10 gears, STEEDA UP's and CAI, and JBA Longtubes and O/R pipe with Bassani exhaust . After installing the FR Cams and the custom tune, it evolved into a MONSTER!!! I also want to praise Ryan for his AMAZING customer service. Honestly one of the nicest guys I've EVER had the pleasure to do business with. I have been a Mac owner for the past couple of years and had to breakout my old PC laptop to transfer the new custom tune to my handheld. After having issues, Ryan was able to EASILY remote access my PC with a few clicks on my end, then quickly took care of business. It was pretty impressive and amazing. One word describes Ryan's service, my car, Bama products, and all my experiences with the American Muscle business....AWESOME!!!


      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      May 19, 2010

      Hot Rod Cams

      Great product! LOVE the sound! put down 340rwhp with an email tune and some minor bolt ons. I get compliments everywhere on the sound!! Great streetability too


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    • 5/5

      September 12, 2010


      Ford did great with these cams it was very simple to do. I started this at 4pm and was finished at 7pm. If you have just the regular tools and a inch pound torque wrench and a foot pound torque wrench and you are very careful with the timing chain you can finish this very fast and then listin to your stang talk to you all day long at the stop lights. The sound is amazing!

      Stevie Nowlin

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    • 5/5

      June 07, 2010

      Hot Rod Cams

      Sounds scary! I got o/r h and violator axleback and when I started it for the first time, I got shivers. best mod ever!Along with the bama tune, this is a mod you can feel! Also, the car shakes when your on idle...sweet


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    • 5/5

      September 12, 2009

      love 'em

      More power and a bad a** sound. Some low end torque loss but nothing major. Am still able to get around fine with my stock 3.55's. MPG's have dropped by 1mpg on hwy and 2mpg in town. A custom dyno tune will make the most of these, but an e-mail tune will do. AM does not currently offer e-mail tunes for these (9/09) so expect to purchase one from an outside source. Bottom line, if you have all the supporting mods these are great. The looks you get at traffic lights are priceless!


      Year: 2009

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    • 5/5

      April 15, 2010

      hot rod cams

      great price. they give the car that old muscle car sound. next off to the dragstrip to see if it lowers my et. car has more power at midrange and up.

      jerry dewitt

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      October 03, 2011

      Just as expected, they sound great, give a nice power gain, and were pretty easy to install.

      These cams were exactly what I expected after doing a lot of research on which would be the best fit for my 2008 Shelby GT. Great performance cams that are designed to work with the stock springs. The cost from AM was the best I found from all the places I could find that carried them. The power gain is excellent just like FRPP stated, and I expect it to increase next month when I install long tube headers and a high flow catted X-pipe, again just as the Ford reviews of these cams stated when adding them with the FRPP intake that I already have and long tube headers the power gain will be greater. The sound is awesome, nothing can compare to that "old school hot rod sound" that we loved on the original muscle cars. The install was fairly easy to do. A friend of mine "long time Ford mechanic" and I did the install on a Saturday afternoon. It took about 4-5 hours with clean-up and a break or two. All in all, I think I made a great decision. I would definitely recommend these cams to anyone that is thinking about it or can't decide between different types. Go with the Ford Racing Hot Rod Cams you won't be disappointed!


      Year: 2008 Submodel: Other

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      December 22, 2011

      Breathtaking idle. Awesome daily driver manners.

      I installed these with a buddy, took us just over 3 hours. We didnt use the special tools, just used some hose to jam the chains, and he held the cam gears up. They drive incredibly well. There is no noticeably loss on the low end, in fact, I picked up a little power everywhere, and a LOT up top. Past 4500 it just pulls and pulls and PULLS. My other mods JLT CAI GT500tb FRPP intake manifold Meziere electric water pump JBA Long tube headers/shorty H with high flow cats Flowmaster American Thunder mufflers FRPP 4.10 gears And of course, a tune on my SCT from BAMA To say it sounds awesome, is an understatement. I find myself intentionally taking ways that will have stop signs and red lights so I can stop and listen to it idle. I will caution you though, it makes your car LOUD when you first start it up, and a little louder when warmed up. Like really loud, like I am going to add in a set of resonators because its far too loud for neighbors at night and in the morning.


      Year: 2006 Submodel: GT Austin TX

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    • 5/5

      September 27, 2010

      cams a must!!!

      Recently I drove 5 hours to American Muscle. The staff was excellent, did a great job, and the trip was well worth it!!! My 2007 Mustang took on a whole new attitude! The sound at idle is awesome and the extra horsepower can be felt when you step on it. Thank you American Muscle for a job well done,and now is gear change time!

      Capt. Mike, NY

      Year: 2007

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 07, 2013

      Great sound, no torque- mixed opinions

      I installed these in about 2.5 hours. Great fit, pretty straightforward, bolted right on. Got a tune from Bama-- the sound was amazing! Great old school hot rod sound. But I lost ALL low end torque. It took all the fun out of driving a Mustang and was more like driving a 70's Cadillac land-boat. No matter how much I attempted to burn rubber, it felt like starting in third gear with traction control on. Went back to Bama for a total of 8 different tunes for my DiabloSport inTune over the course of 2.5 weeks to attempt to help- nothing they sent me really helped. Service was nice, as you'd expect from Bama, but they just couldn't make it work. I even messed with running advanced timing, etc.... Without luck. In the end, I reinstalled the stock cams and am back to tire shredding fun. If you care more about sound than performance- these are awesome. If you care more about jumping off the line, or sliding thru a corner- i would avoid these cams. I personally wish I could return these, or get a proper tune to support them.


      Year: 2007 Submodel: Other San Diego, CA, USA

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    • 5/5

      August 03, 2011

      Awesome, and not too radical

      I've had these cams for about a month now, I've put about 1,000 miles on them with no issues at all. The idle is so awesome, I usually put the volume down at the red lights, there is a nice power upgrade as well. I've beaten SS Camaros and Challengers with no problems, really makes your car awesome.


      Year: 2010 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      May 16, 2011

      05-09 Ford Racing Hot Rod Cams

      I must say that these cams are one of the best mods I've done so far and let me tell you I've done quite a bit. I had them installed at the local Ford Dealership and took about 2 days total for install. You will need to purchase the Bama tuner in order for the cams to operate to specs. The sound of the car is amazing but for those who don't know this what is called a radical cam and it will literally shake your car at idle. So be prepared to intimidate the car next to you. Can't be more happy with this purchase.


      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      March 08, 2010


      Great product, was easier than I thought to install.

      Cliff Koonce

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    • 5/5

      July 31, 2011

      Hot Rod Cams

      To start, I assure you I have no real mechanical background and installed these cams just following the guides online. It took about 5-6 hours just being cautious and reassuring myself of the steps. Install is simple and does not require the tools recommended by Ford. The timing chain can simply be jammed using a 2ft hose bent in half covered in oil, just make sure you put marks on the chain and sprocket and keep the chain pulled tight so it doesnt miss a tooth. There is absolutely no need for the valve compressor either. Just make sure your damper pulley is in the correct position as stated in the install guide and most of the valves should be relaxed. Either way, you just have to slowly back off each bearing cap, keeping the pressure on the cam evenly. The hardest and most tedious part is keeping all of the followers in place. Definitely spend the money and replace your valve cover seals as well. Purchased the SCT tuner and uploaded the 93 octane performance tune and the car ran great. The only dislike is pulling out in 1st gear. The throttle is tough to get use to with these cams. I find myself pulling out in 2nd on level or on a downgrade for ease. Looking to install additional mods to help bring down the temperature of the car, noticeable increase in operating temp. I have flowmaster axle backs and the car sounds great. I was considering installing headers, but not sure if they are worth the headache when the car already sounds great. Overall these cars should have came from Ford with the performance these cams add. A Must Have!


      Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      May 09, 2011

      FRPP Hot Rod Cams

      Installed the cams. Did it right, took my time and double checked everything before proceeding to the next step. Completed in about 10 hrs. After I loaded the Bama tune I started the car and it came to life. The car sounds absolutely amazing. Real old school big cam sound. I can feel and hear the addtional power, but I haven't put my foot all the way in it yet. Somewhat time consuming to install. I would not recommend this install for a novice. American Muscle had the best price and there customer service is great, Next is the 4:10 gears. I currently have no driveability issues. I have to give it a tiny bit more gas when I let the clutch out on take offs, but other then that, it drives beautiful with the 3:55 gears. I am livin the dream. This car is really a head turner.

      Jacque Harenberg

      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      September 23, 2010

      Jim F

      Took my time to install and had no problems. Cams sound great!!!

      James frakes

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      June 04, 2013

      Too Cool

      These cams sound really good at idle. Now I smile every time I start my car. They make the car louder under acceleration as well. Not only does the car now sound like a hot rod, but it also drives like one. You can't ease the clutch out without giving it any gas, in parking lots or in traffic, with these cams. She'll die. It takes a little getting used to, but I love it. That quick throttle jab to keep her from dying lets everyone know what's up. A bit less torque off the bottom (not a bad thing in an S197), but from 4k-6500 she pulls like a beast. And I only have shorty headers. The tunes I got from AM are a bit lean (13.5ish avg). They are totally willing to fix it, but I only have Mac's so data logging has been a problem. In the mean time she's burning up plugs. I've got more mods coming so hopefully I get it worked out soon. Regardless, I love the cams.


      Year: 2009 Submodel: Bullitt Longview, TX

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      January 16, 2012

      Good Part, good results...just expensive.

      First off I want to say after it was all said and done, the car sounds sick, and got tremndous results. Now, on that note, the negative... I had them installed at the Shop, a very prestigous and known shop in the state of texas, known for great work and customer service. Brought them the project and spoke with some of the tech's who have literally installed dozens of them, and they explained the simplicity. So after they were installed and custom BAMA tuned i drove it home. Let it cool down, started it back up and an extreme clicking/clanking/tapping noise started up. Took it back, turns out the cams put too much stress on the OEM parts, ended up replacing the cam phaser, the lifters, and had a VALVE drop on a motor with 12k, had to have it refinished at the machine shop. Got the new valve, new lifters, new phaser and came out to $2500. I dont know if im the only one iwth this problem or this shop just did a funky install, but it still came out of my pocket.


      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT San Antonio TX

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