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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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    5 Top Rated Questions

    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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    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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    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

    • 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. 

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

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    Overall Rating 4.8

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    Installation Time:Full Day

    Installation Cost:$250-$500

    • Performance Gain 4.36 4.4
    • Fit 4.902857 4.9



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 05, 2018

      Hot rod cams

      I highly recommended these cams. They have a really nice sound to them!

      Jacob

      Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 03, 2018

      Rrrrrrrrr

      Love the sound and Performance gain is noticeable!!!!

      MarkH

      Year: 2010 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      June 14, 2018

      My favorite mod!

      Great product. I installed these cams a few weeks ago! I'm absolutely glad I chose to install these cams. The lopey idle is incredible!! I get thumbs up and people approaching me to talk about the car quite often. Was a little tricky to install...you do not need the valve spring compressor to install the cams!

      DerekC

      Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      June 12, 2018

      Pure old school rumble!

      Cams are well made and provide a nice boost in performance and sound, as advertised. Love that classic muscle sound of a rumbly engine when idling. Not a cheap install obviously, but a mod that delivers a good value when its all said and done. Keep mind that the required Cam Shaft Bolts ship from a separate supplier so they may take longer to arrive than the Shafts themselves.

      EdwardP

      Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      June 09, 2018

      best purchase ever made

      I've never been happier with my car till now. it just sounds so mean sitting at idle and running down the road. and the purchase was supper easy.

      HarleyM

      Year: 2010 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 04, 2018

      Fors hot rod cams

      Love the cams. Just would like to know which springs are good to use with them.

      Patrickb0401

      Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      May 23, 2018

      Ford Performance cams

      Great Idle good performance. It only took me 3 hours to install. They are worth the money in my opinion.

      RickC

      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 14, 2018

      Nice classic sound!!

      Got these and love em. Installed myself until a rocker fell off and broke after start up. Ended up taking the opportunity to do head work and just do all new components, resurface and beef everything up on top end. Can tell a nice increase in top RPM range power (above 4000). The sound alone is worth the money lol. There are higher performance cams out there and more that will make better power when you do FI (pay attention to your future goals) but I love the classic muscle sound. Its a lot to spend for sound but I'm very happy! Thanks AM!

      MCox

      Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 05, 2018

      Nice!

      Great product and quality FORD!...sound is sick good power gained with long tube headers and 65 mm. Car pulls hard up top.

      jesse

      Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      May 04, 2018

      Sounds Great!

      Installed in a day with ease, and man these cams sound great. Why have I not done this earlier. If you want a great sound and some more power this is a great investment!

      JamesT

      Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 02, 2018

      wakes the car up

      great idle little power loss below 3000 rpm good power to 6500 rpm have long tubes,frpp intake, cat delete and h pipe

      EdwardP

      Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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    • 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

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    • 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

      Helpful (5)

    • 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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