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

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  • 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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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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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 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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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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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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After hearing cams in another mustang, I really want them for my 09 Bullitt, however I do autocross - Torque is a huge factor in that type of racing. So my question is, If my car has a ton of supporting mods ie CAI, TB, under drive pulley, shorty headers, exhaust and tuner - will I still be losing a lot of torque when installing these cams? And if so, approx. how much of a loss?


  • Even though all of the Mods you're speaking of will certainly help, the addition of these cams will still potentially pose as a loss in torque. However, a new ring and pinion gear would do the trick to make up for it. I would say for autocross you want to get at least a 3.73 if not a 4.10, though of course if you already have this installed your loss in torque will be negligible.


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Overall Rating 4.8

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Installation Time:Full Day

Installation Cost:$250-$500

  • Performance Gain 4.333333 4.3
  • Fit 4.891157 4.9

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    April 19, 2017

    Rumpity Rump

    The title says it all. If you want that old school lope plus an increase in mid to top end, these are what you want. I also paired these with a 62mm TB, a JLT series 3, Pypes shorties, an o/r x-pipe, Pype Bombs, and a 91race tune. The sound of this combo at idle is awesome! From midrange and up it pulls strong. I do have a manual and 4.10 gears and have no driveability issues. Install was not bad. The customer submitted instructions were spot on except for one important detail. When you change the passenger side cam the timing marks are at 12 and 1 oclock. What it does'nt tell you is the timing marks must be rotated to 6 and 7oclock for the drivers side. You must do that or you won't get the cam to drop in place. I'd never done a cam swap before but it's not that bad. Just take your time, follow the directions carefully and you can do this.


    Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    Installation Cost: 0-$100

    January 20, 2016

    A whole new animal

    Had a buddy who is a master mechanic do the install. I already had a full exhaust (LT headers, high flow cats, and Magnaflow catback). For me its not quite loud enough so im thinking about cutouts. We installed the cams, a ford racing CAI, UD pulleys, and 3.73 gears all at once. It made a world of difference. First time i got on it i could tell it had a lot more pep in its step. Stock tires officially wont hook anymore in 1st and 2nd. It spins all the way to 60ish mph! I only have a handheld tune from Bama. Tune is good except it almost dies sometimes when it comes to an idle, but smooths out within a few seconds. Plan to get a dyno tune eventually to fix idle and get full potential of the cams. Don't get these unless you have full exhaust and CAI because your gains will be minimal. Considering the restrictive 3v heads the 4.6l has the cams give you a nice boost in hp and tq. Warning: Everyone will want to race you. lol


    Year: 2008 Submodel: GT Tea, SD

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 28, 2015

    Take your time

    I went by the instructions from American muscle and they were to the tee!!! I started at 8:00am and started it at 1:00pm with one person. You want a great sounding ride, buy the ford cams.


    Year: 2007 Submodel: GT Cape Coral fl

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    March 22, 2014

    Shake that muscle

    OMG do I love these cams, everyone compliments the sound of my car now even the chevy owners. You sit at a stop light and feel the engine shake. These cams truly give your car that classic muscle sound and feel! Oh and what you here on YouTube is nothing compared to how they sound in real life. Me and my brother did the installation ourselves it was very easy to do with the timing chain wedge. I worked on it a couple hours a night for 4 days probably 12-13 hours total. Having never done a cam before that's not bad. Could have done it in a day but I painted my valve covers too.


    Year: 2008 Submodel: GT Willington, CT, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    November 10, 2013

    Hot Rod cams= amazing sound

    I installed these my a family member in about 4 hours in the shop at home. Install was easy and didn't even use a timing wedge or spring tool. He held the gear and chain while I swapped each cam. Sounds awesome and using bama tune. Pulls great mid range and up. Lost a decent amount of low-end torque though.


    Year: 2008 Submodel: GT Columbia, SC, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    November 02, 2013

    Ford HRRC

    These cams will wake your mustang GT up.great added power and aggressive sound.who needs the radio when you can sit at the light and rock from the cams lope.Best performance mod for the buck.


    Year: 2005 Submodel: GT Newport News, VA, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    August 02, 2013

    I LOVE IT!!

    Before these cams I didn't really enjoy listening to my car idle even with the off-road x-pipes and the flowmasters. However, since the day I installed these cams and I've been loving my car more and more every time I start the engine or stop at a red light or anywhere! Everybody would look at you and smile and would give you the best compliments! I drive my 05 Mustang GT everyday and I was scared to face any kind of problems with theses cams, fortunately I didn't see any problems with it and it's running perfectly! Go ahead and order it now!


    Year: 2005 Submodel: GT Fairborn, OH, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    February 27, 2013

    Great product, love the lopey idle!

    Great cams, love the new sound and feel of my baby! Installing the cams themselves didn't take too long at all...but taking off the timing cover to inspect the timing really stopped me up! I had to order the whole cam drive kit and ended up replacing those items as well; cam gears, timing chains, etc etc. I'm sure an afternoon or a Saturday would have been sufficient to install them had that not happened. The instructions recommend getting a timing wedge, but after this experience I would say disregard that and do the whole work-up while you're under the hood. Take the extra time to pull off the timing cover and give it a once over! Also don't forget valve cover gaskets (and timing gaskets if you do the timing inspection). Great product, would buy again!


    Year: 2005 Submodel: GT Lakebay, WA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    October 21, 2012


    Easiest cam swap of my life!!! I installed these by myself in my garage and was driving the car in under 3 hours. These things just drop right in. soak' em in some cam lube and get after it! The sound is great through my exhaust system: BBK long tube headers, O/R x-pipe and Borla s-type stingers. Ordered a new tune from American Muscle/Bama prior to install so that it was ready at install. I highly recommend these to anyone considering the purchase.


    Year: 2007 Submodel: Other San Angelo, Tx

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    October 04, 2012

    Awsome Muscle car now!!!

    These cams make the car so much more fun,,,just like the old days,,,rock'n'roll!!! A must have if you want that old type of performance, and sound!!!!


    Year: 2007 Submodel: GT Salem, OH 44460, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $500-$1000

    June 29, 2012

    Cool Cams

    I had these cams put in by a Ford dealership. They did a very good job. However, due to my 2005 mustang being, "heavily modified" it required a Dyno tune. That means more time and $$$. I got my car back after the install and tune. I have to admit it is a sweet ride! There is a subtle shake of the car at idle and the engine sounds extremely powerful (which it is.) Absolute fun!


    Year: 2005 Submodel: GT Kansas, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    March 16, 2012

    Hot Rod Cams

    I had these cams installed by Degrandis Automotive in Malvern. It makes the car radical. It has a great retro thumping sound the resignates from the exhaust. Of course if has a Bama Tune to bring it all to life. I couldn't be happier. The car fly's.


    Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    January 26, 2012

    Great Sound

    Had these cams installed at the ford dealership for 400 bucks. The performance gained is good and the looks you get at red light's are priceless!! Above 5800 rpm it pulls much harder but I recommend you have or get at least 3.73 gears I had 3.31's when I first had them put in and the cam's extend the red line and additional 200 to 300 rpm and the gears were a mile apart! At the top of 2nd gear I was running 85mph but with 3.73's now in it's all in perfect harmony. Thanks AM and Bama for the tune.


    Year: 2010 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    July 05, 2011

    hot rod cams

    these cams are an excellent upgrade. my car sounds awesome & has more power. people wonder what you have under the hood. no problem driving slow in in traffic or anywhere else. car even sounds better when you wind it up; a complete different sound. i had the ford dealership install them so i could keep my warranty.

    bob stanley

    Year: 2010 Submodel: GT

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  • 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

    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

    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, 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

    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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