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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.
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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
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February 04, 2020
Rookie point of view
I have them in my 2010 mustang gt. As for starters I love the sound they produce. It gave my car a deeper note that what I liked. I have stock headers and factory cats with pypes muffler delete. I had a shop install due to I didnt have time to do them myself. I highly recommend that a professional do the install. After install it does surge going from a dead stop and from any gear to neutral it tends to stay around 2100 before dying down to idle. If you have live link gen 2 do a data log and your tuner will correct this issue. It does has a sulfur smell which I heard is normal. I notice a little power gain around 3500 I got mines up to 140 (well dash) with ease compared to stock. On gps I clocked at 155 before I got nervous. Anyways. Hope you enjoy them like I doHelpful (4)
January 25, 2020
My first Cam install
First time ive ever dug into the engine this way. Wasn't difficult. Just time consuming. Buy the necessary tools and take your time. Several great install videos are already in circulation. I'm very pleased with this product. Now I've got to get it to the Dyno.Helpful (0)
November 06, 2019
Best sounding cams, install wasn’t hard at all. Easy install, follows up by a tune that I had ready and I got these in within less then a day.Helpful (3)
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.Helpful (6)
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 AMHelpful (6)
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.Helpful (2)
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.Helpful (2)
June 08, 2019
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.Helpful (4)
June 06, 2019
Couldn't wait to get these cams..My car sounds great and a little more power never hurts...Helpful (1)
May 11, 2019
Perfect fit, you can definitively tell the difference!Helpful (2)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
You will only need a tune and the phaser bolts for these cams. To get the most out of these cams, we would also recommend installing the Ford Performance intake manifold or long tube headers but they are not necessaryfor the installation.
Bama is capable of tuning for the Ford Performance Hot Rod Performance Camshafts.
Hi, These camshafts require the use of brand new Ford Performance 3V Cam Phaser Bolts Item# 102632 because Ford uses "torque-to-yield" style bolts. This means that once they have been used and removed, they are no longer usable and should be thrown away. Here is the link http://www.americanmuscle.com/ford-racing-cam-phaser-bolts-0510gt.html
I have BBK shortys and noticed a big power gain over stock. As for the noise element, mine just changed the tone to more of a rasp. It did not make it louder. Dont listen to the nay sayers. I have both cams and shorty-headers, both of which were worth the money.
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.
I lost 3 mpg. But I think the tune matters and I daily drive on the race tune. The car says 16-17mpg overall.
Hi Andy! This cam is compatible with a supercharged Mustang and would work perfectly with your setup.
This would give a good mid-range power increase and will not be terrible to daily drive.
You will need a tune when installing the Ford Performance Hot Rod Performance Camshafts.
The Ford Performance Hot Rod Performance Camshafts do not have a specific tune that is pre-configured however, if you let your tuning shop know that you are installing these specific camshafts they should be able to provide a custom tune for you. You can install headers after the installation of the camshafts, however, it will require an additional tune that includes the headers and the camshafts.
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