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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 americanmuscle.com 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 americanmuscle.com.

    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.

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    It this cam legal in Illinois?

    QuintinL

    • 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.

      AMRich

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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?

    sgtpeels

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

      AutoXRacer

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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.

    kgraber

    • 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!

      DriftSoCal

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    my gt has 109k on her just wondering if milage would be an issue i'm 2nd owner so I don't know how she was maintained

    ChrisA

    • Installation of the Ford Performance Hot Rod Performance Camshafts on a 109k mile engine is fine, However there are some additional parts I'd recommend since they all work together. Consider replacing the Timing chain and guides to ensure long term longevity and as a preventative maintenance option.

      JaHarrisAM

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    Dose work with whipple supercharger

    MohamedD

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

      VincentV

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

    Raven

    • 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.

      KevinD92

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    Overall Rating 4.8

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Full Day

    Installation Cost:$250-$500

    • Performance Gain 4.353659 4.4
    • Fit 4.896341 4.9



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      April 02, 2018

      Absolutely amazing

      They gave my mustang a extremely lopey old school sound. Get asked about them everywhere I go. Make sure you do plenty of homework on them before installing them, and don’t forget a wedge tool.

      TylerJ

      Year: 2010 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      April 02, 2018

      Frpp hot rod cams

      Cams sound really good and fairly easy install following the install article from American Muscle make sure your cam phasers are good to go while you’re in there both of mine were broken.

      ZackB

      Year: 2008 Submodel: Bullitt

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      March 23, 2018

      bolt on 05gt

      these cams were one of my final NA bolt ons i wanted to do. i had a shop drop them in since i didnt have the special tools and i was getting it dyno tuned anyway. it is idling about 900rpm. and with the other parts im putting down 315/324. the feel and sound is great. the only bad part was the price but its about average for our cars. if your looking for a tough sound and some decent gains. this is a part i would recommend for sure.

      MiltonM

      Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      February 15, 2018

      Exactly What I Was Hoping For!

      These cams sound amazing. The lopey sound on idle is insane. As it may be necessary to get a tune for some people, it was absolutely necessary to get my car a custom tune for the cams, headers, cold air intake, and exhaust system I have on my car. After that, performance has increased and car is running top notch. I installed the cams myself without using special tools. Not going to explain how I did it but it can be done. I did the whole job in 2 separate days about 3 hours per day.

      marktheshark

      Year: 2010 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      February 02, 2018

      Nice

      I love them at stop lights drivers always say it sounds nice and you can feel the car shake

      JesusL

      Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      February 02, 2018

      2008 GT/CS

      This was one of the best set of cams that I have purchased great sound and performance this is just the first step in the upgrades and I’m very satisfied with them

      BradM

      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      January 31, 2018

      Hot rod cams

      Working my way up through the mods and the cams were next ! Car sounds awesome not loud at all at idle with bbk long tubes and off road x pipe and mbrp mufflers but look at at wot!! Great power gain !!

      KevinL

      Year: 2009 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      January 24, 2018

      Head turner

      When stopped at a light or a parking lot just watch the heads turn looking to see which car that assume.

      TerryJ

      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      January 23, 2018

      Amazing Old School Classic Sound

      I saw these on americanmuscle.com and decided to purchase these. I have pypes long tube headers, mac flowpath mufflers, a pypes off-road h pipe, ford racing intake manifold, pypes electric cutouts, and a procharger p1sc with straight cut gears. With all of these parts installed together, the sound is an amazing deep lope that gives my car a very distinct sound and character that gives me the biggest smile.

      AaronS

      Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      December 31, 2017

      Nate Rider Review

      Whats up guys, Nate Rider here, giving you my review if you haven't seen on youtube already. These are my dream modification that I finally completed by myself (no mechanical expertise) in about 4 hours. Amazing upgrade and a must for the 3V. Long story short, install was a breeze, you do not need a wedge tool, turn the crank at any degrees, or use cam lube (use regular oil), it is recommended but I was able to successfully do the install without doing those things. Follow comp cams installation guide on youtube and you should be good! low end torque is reduced, but it makes up for it at higher RPM's. Tune is a must, which I got from bama performance. Great addition. If you want to know more about these cams check me out on youtube, Nate Rider.

      Nate

      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      December 25, 2017

      Know what you're doing

      Havnt started the car yet, need to replace a head because I broke the no1 can cap on the driver side head. Something that should be mentioned is that it is extremely hard to install the cams with the roller followers on. Should have used a spring compressor.

      JamesV

      Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      October 19, 2017

      If you want to break necks you need these

      These cams have my car a big loop at idle and I've gotten many compliments and have caught people turning their heads to look. I also have long tubes, O/R x pipe and no muffled so my car is really loud. Cams are reasonable price but will be more including install and more than likely tune. Was skeptical at first on getting them but once you hear the car you won't think about how much money you just dropped. Very pleased. Get them and start breaking necks.

      JuanA

      Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      October 18, 2017

      Like Driving a Different Car!

      This camshaft upgrade made my 2005 into a different car; one much much more fun to drive. The sound is music to my ears and combined with the Ford Racing mufflers, the sound of accelerating is intoxicating. Highly recommend this cam set. Definitely an increase in performance as one would expect.

      WesleyB

      Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 24, 2017

      Just what I was looking for.

      I'm very happy with the cams . Nice lopey idle ,good tone from the exhaust, and the install was basic and straightforward. Kudos to Ford engineers for an easy teardown.

      YAMAMAN

      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      August 18, 2017

      Ford Performace

      The Ford Performance Hot Rod Performance Camshafts are worth the money. The sound is definitely amazing, but the horsepower gains were a moderate but impressive 50hp.

      AnthonyP

      Year: 2007 Submodel: Other

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    • 5/5

      July 27, 2017

      Just do it!!

      Best mod so far. Sounds amazing and good power increase. Smile every time I drive my car!

      TrentJ

      Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 25, 2017

      Nice Cams

      This was actually my second set of these cams as the first set was ruined by one of the followers and chewed into the cam. I recommend that you buy the Ford Performance Rocker Arm and Lash Adjuster Kit when you do your cams and replace these as well.

      ozzymoose

      Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $500-$1000

      July 24, 2017

      Chief Pilot

      The cams have the engine come to LIFE great performance smooth idle. Worth the investment just for the shear power the engine has now

      DougY

      Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 20, 2017

      Hot rod cams

      Great product! I love the lopey idle it gave my car. Gets tons of compliments now. They really woke up the beast!

      Walter

      Year: 2010 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 12, 2017

      Good performance

      Great sound at idle, has that muscle car lope. I bought these to compliment the FP intake and FP 62mm TB and I wanted the muscle car idle. The only downside for me is that it is a little more challenging in rush hour traffic as the engine doesn't like stop and go and try to release the clutch under 1000rpm. Also my wife doesn't like that the car will shake a little at idle. But overall I'm very happy with this product. I was worried I would lose some MPG but hardly noticed it.

      neverendingproject

      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

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