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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.

    Fitment: 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Details

    MPN# M-6550-3V

    CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

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        5 Top Rated Questions

        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

        • 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.

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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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        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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        I just installed hot rod cams and lt headers by pypes on my 2007 mustang gt/cs I got great old school sound and very noticeable torque and hp.installed bama tune really sounds great was wondering what to expect as ford idle rpm and will this increase fuel use

        • Yes, a good tune can help against this but in the end the bigger lopes will be grabbing more fuel.

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        10 More Questions
        I have an 06 auto GT I was wondering other then the tune and cam phase bolts, what is required for it? I have the stock 3.31 rear end. I want to get everything I need 1 answer
        Can I use the same bolts for the chain?? 1 answer
        If I install these cams. Can I get a tune from Bama to install for these cams? 1 answer
        looking for a cam with loud idle, light car shake as well as performance. would these do all that? 1 answer
        shorty's instead of LT's Too much money and work for LT's at the moment for myself. Would shorty's make a worth while difference with these cams or would they be too close to stock header power gains to be worth it with these cams? 3 answers
        Chris J said no custom tune required......JeffAM said a custom tune is required. Which is it? 1 answer
        Other then a AirAid instake I have a stock 3v 4.6 mustang and want to install these camshaft but don't know the name of the required tune I need to go with these cams, what is the name of the required tune I need to ask my local speedshop to do for me after installing these?(I like things the hard way, I want to install the recommended headers after the cams if possible) 1 answer
        Can these cams be installed in 06 GT with stock heads?? 1 answer
        How well will these work with an automatic transmission? I currently have a K N Cai., Pypes shorties coupe and mid muffler exhaust, and a Bama 91 performance tune. What can I expect? 1 answer
        Dose work with whipple supercharger 1 answer

          Customer Reviews (100+) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.8

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Full Day

          Installation Cost:$250-$500

          • Performance Gain 4.325472 4.3
          • Fit 4.896226 4.9



          • 3/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            August 23, 2019

            Sounds great, no noticeable increase in power

            First, my car is a 2008 GT/CS that has the following modifications, Steeda CAI, and SLP Mufflers. I installed the Hot Rod Cams with my brother (he had done this before) and it took us 7 hours. Aside from all the other advice out there on this topic be very careful to ensure the correct side Cam goes on to each side of the car, they are different left to right. After the Cams were installed I tuned the car with the Bama tuner and the canned tune that American Muscle provides. The car sounds great!! -But- There is absolutely NO power gain, in fact the car feels flat at mid rpms, almost like it’s not getting enough advance. Perhaps it’s the tune? Maybe I’ll go to Lito? Perhaps it’s because it does not have LT Headers ? I’ve purchased them but have not yet put them in. I’m disappointed.

            JosephK

            Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            August 22, 2019

            Ford Performance Hot Rod Camshafts

            My mustang started tapping about six months ago. Found out it was a rocker that had seized up. So I researched on how to fix it. Found that the camshafts would have to be moved. So, I decided to change the camshafts too. So happy that I did! Toughest thing, other than which camshafts, was getting everything out of the way of the valve covers. In all, took us about 4 1/2 hours. Tune install and 30min break in included. She drives great! I have stock 3.31 gears and 5sp manual transmission and have not noticed any low end torque loss! A little low speed jerking once, but that was my fault. She's a daily driver and I've noticed that the revs don't drop off as quickly so, I'm using a little more brake to slow down. But the sound she makes is why I love these cams. Overall I am very satisfied with this mod. I'm not a mechanic but if you can read the customer submitted instructions on this site. It won't be very difficult. I Saved about $900 by installing them with my nephews. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FORD RACING HOT ROD CAMSHAFTS!!! Thanks AM

            09GTCSP51D

            Year: 2009 Submodel: GT

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          • 2/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            July 20, 2019

            Mustang hasn’t started since we did the swap

            After installing the camshafts, the car wouldn’t start. The timing was out, as my son hastily removed the timing chain wedge before I could guide him. The entire timing chain cover had to be removed, to set the timing to factory specs, thank god the timing chains have black links to make this job pretty easy. Once all timing was set, carefully put everything back together, and same issue, car cranks but won’t start. Talked the AM chat guy, who wasn’t very helpful, other than to say “go talk to a speed shop”. Which I did, and after showing them the pics of the job, very detailed, they said it’s an electrical issue, and could be a sensor or bad connector (shorted or pin pushed in) car has been sitting every since. Not sure what to say, but can’t say I’m happy about the purchase at this point. It’s been almost 3 weeks, and many cruise nights, Mustang club gatherings, and outings I’ve had to sit out of. Definitely will think twice before getting into a 3/3 job, even though the 3 different mechanics I talked to all said “the job we did is perfect” not sure why it won’t start.

            MichaelT

            Year: 2010 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            June 24, 2019

            The exhaust note is music for the soul !!!

            I combined my Hot Rod cams with equal length shorty headers, Ford Racing Intake, 60MM throttle body, 24lbs injectors, aftermarket coils, factory cats, Pypes X-Pipe / muffler deletes, 5 speed manual tranny, 3:73 gears and Bama Rev-X tuner 93 octane race tune. First off the exhaust cackle is worth the price ! However paired with the like components and tweaked tune. Take the time and log your car and send it in to Bama to tweak and you will be rewarded with not only a menacing sounding cammed’ out motor but it will put the horsepower to the pavement ! I’m getting a solid 18mpg in town but I shift the car accordingly. Highway again using the transmissions gearing I am achieving 24mpg ! With power to boot. Put your foot in it and it will drop to 10 mpg really quick ! Lol it’s worth it tho !!! By the way it took me all day because I also changed out the timing chain guides, tensioners and gears.

            TexasStang

            Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            June 08, 2019

            Perfect!

            Saved my pennies up for these babies and they are worth every one. Followed the customer install instructions with no issues. Only comment is my valve covers had less bolts then noted in the instructions. Bought the cams for the sound not the increased performance. The Stang sounds old school now and really turns heads. No change in low end performance but above 3500 much stronger pull and now get rubber between 2nd and 3rd. Long tubes next.

            DavidL

            Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            June 06, 2019

            awsome product

            Couldn't wait to get these cams..My car sounds great and a little more power never hurts...

            Firecat

            Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            May 11, 2019

            Great product!

            Perfect fit, you can definitively tell the difference!

            Jordy

            Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: $100-$250

            May 09, 2019

            Pulls throughout the power band so much smoother

            Not the biggest gains, but feels so much nicer above 4500 rpm. Pair these cams with FRPP Manifold and throttle body for best gains

            Drew

            Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            May 05, 2019

            Great

            Definitely was a good purchase, really woke up the car

            Booney

            Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            May 02, 2019

            Ford Hot Rod Cams

            My mechanic recommended the Ford Hot Rod cams because they provide power gains over the entire RPM range instead of only improving power above 4500 RPM. Although the peak power gain is less with than other cams your car will work as a daily driver with noticeably more power. He did a dyno run before the install and got peak power of 280 hp. After the cams were installed and a custom tune loaded he got 350 hp on 87 octane fuel. I already had cold air intake, 62mm throttle body, long tube headers, catted X-pipe, high flow mufflers, under drive pulleys, and a BAMA tune. The power gain from all of that was only about 20 hp compared to a 70 hp gain from adding the cams and a custom tune so I'm very happy with the results not to mention the true muscle car lope sound at idle.

            RoushSport

            Year: 2009 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            April 29, 2019

            Awesome mod/fun install!

            First off awesome mod. Prep for it, take your time, do it right! It’s 100 worth it. I have it paired with Kooks longtubes that I got from AmericanMuscle and the sound is just amazing. Make sure you get a SOLID valve spring compressor, a wedge tool, and have plenty of oil or engine assembly lube on hand for the install as well as break cleaner, and a torque degree gauge for those of you tackling it yourselves.

            GrantL

            Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            April 26, 2019

            Hot Rod Cams

            Sounds great and increases performance, old school.

            RonS

            Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            April 23, 2019

            To cam or not to cam

            I have been wanting to install some decent cams and feel that these may be it. I have already installed pacesetter long tube headers and have a cold air intake so the cams were my next step. Seeing that my engine has about 135k miles we went ahead and replaced both cam phasers and timing chains (timing chain kit). Needless to say, I am looking forward to starting my car up. Possibly will update my review afterwards.

            Tyler

            Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            April 17, 2019

            Quality

            I have yet to install the camshafts but out of the box they look like a great product! Can’t wait for the install

            Sandman84

            Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            April 05, 2019

            Bad A**

            Made a huge differnece compared to stock. They sound amazing also. Im running Shorty headers with an O/R x pipe leading to a rousch cat back system. I get plenty of looks and compliments. It also was way easier to install than I had anticipated. Cant go wrong!

            BillM

            Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            April 02, 2019

            FRPP Hot Rod Cams

            This is my second set. For a cruiser I highly recommend them. Very easy to install, just finished a few hours ago. Currently running without a tune, but she will hold an idle. Not even hunting too much. These are good for a middle ground cam. Old school lope, good mid and high end, without sacrificing low end with a good tune, which even Bama can do, I've used them on my last car. Can maintain mileage and low end driveability. The above reasons are why I didn't hesitate to buy them when I bought another S197. No extra parts, no special tools other than a torque wrench. In my humble opinion, the perfect cruising cam. Made by the same people who made the car and engine. Are there cams that make more power, sure. None that can literally just drop in wherever the cams were when you shut the car off. Now, long tubes will give you more gains. Alone, these will give around 10 to the tire. But planning your build and modifications accordingly, these are a great all around cam for a daily driver, or show car, weekend cruiser. Would recommend.

            LeoP

            Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            March 13, 2019

            Frpp hot rod cam

            Simple installation. Did by myself in 4 hours with basic hand tools.

            Sl05gt

            Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            March 07, 2019

            Love it

            Have yet to put them in, but I got fast shipping in Topeka so I loved that. The only down fall is with doing any cams you will need to change your valve Springs and wish they included a set to save time along with cam phasers bolts. But I got all that and can not wait to get them in when the weather gets better.

            BrodyV

            Year: 2009 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            March 06, 2019

            07 Gt 230,000 miles

            Problems and more problems. Broke a lifter after a bunch of miles. Ordered some stuff from Ford Racing to put her back together. As long as she was apart, got the Hot Rod Cams. Purchased a X4 tuner many years ago from AM, Lost the patch cable, no Problem Stephanie Ext 151 sent me a new cable at no charge. Bahma created my tune. Installed cams 8 codes came up. Problem with tuner. SCT upgrading my tuner for free! Lots of stuff, BEST UPGRADE EVER! Car is fantastic and straight nasty! Have a mild exhaust, SLP Performers. Dropped a factory cat, replaced with Magnaflows, factory H pipe in place. Car is crazy loud! Car completely shakes at all movements at every RPM and revs way higher at any speed. Driving like grandma right now to break everything in. Cannot believe how much fun I am having driving slow. Feels like a completely different car in a good way. Dropped the phase limiters and put lockouts in. Car is like a rock! If you want to have a true muscle car, get these guys, no disappointment!

            MarkS

            Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            March 06, 2019

            Exactly what I was looking for

            Great lope and sound. You can feel the car picks up a few horses as well. Afternoon install but definitely prepare well in advance.

            RobertC

            Year: 2010 Submodel: GT

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