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Comp Cams Stage 3 Xtreme Energy XE270AH Camshafts (96-04 GT)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Great Mid-Range Gains
    • Big Loping Idle
    • Strong Vacuum
    • Streetable Cam Design
    • Fits 1996-2004 Mustang GTs

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey, guys Adam here with Today, I'm bringing you a detailed overview and installation of the Comp Cams Stage 3 Xtreme Energy XE270AH Camshafts which are available for all '96 to '04 Mustang GTs. So in this video, I'll be going over the sound you can expect at idle from these cams as well as the power gains when adding them to your GT. On top of that, I'll talk about the application and the street drivability, if any, with the cams. And I'll top the video off with the installation. I'll let you know up front that's going to get a full three out of three wrenches on a difficulty meter. This one is probably going to be best left up to the professionals or the guys who really have the mechanical expertise to get it done. The Comp Cams Stage 3 Xtreme Energy XE270AH Camshafts should be on the build list of any modified and '96 to '04 GT owner who's looking to really improve their mid-range gains in the horse power and torque area as well as pick up a pretty hefty noticeable lope at idle. So it's a pretty well-known fact when we're talking about valve train technology that Comp Cams is one of the industry leaders in that field. So no-brainer to look in their direction if you're looking to pick up a bigger cam. Now for your single overhead cam, two valve motor, if you are looking to pick up that bigger cam you can expect bigger gains when it comes to the mid-range power band as well as picking up a bigger heftier lope at idle to really give it that muscle car sound. Everything I just mentioned from mid-range gains to a heavy lope at idle is everything you can expect from the Stage 3 Cams from Comp Now, Comp lets us know that you can expect power to be ranging all across the power band from 1800 RPM to red line at about 5800 RPMs but of course, the bulk of that can be coming in and can be expected to come in the right around the mid-range like I mentioned before. Now, with that comes a heavier lope because this is one of the bigger cams given it's a stage 3, the XE270AH cam we have here, is gonna give you that heftier lope. You can expect a heavier noticeable sound when you're idling at that red light. Definitely, something you want from a stage 3 cam, something you want from a muscle car in general. So as I mentioned before in the beginning of the video, this is going to be geared more toward the modified 4.6-liter Mustangs. Simply because this one is a bigger heavier cam that does require a lot of support. Now, speaking of support, Comp Cams highly recommends picking up in addition to this the Comp Cams beehive valve springs to really support the proper installation and to prevent any clearance related issues you may have while installing these. On top of that, they also recommend picking up brand new valve spring retainers which of course can support everything that you have going on especially the high-pressure springs you'd be installing as new. All this is highly recommended you can get away with other brands but of course picking up a Comp Cams camshaft would definitely be supported by a Comp Cams spring as well as the Comp Cams retainers. Like I said some of those things you can do without, but it's highly recommended to pick those up. There's also a couple more things that are leaning more toward on the required side of things when you're installing these. They're basically designed for 355 gears or steeper and if you've got an automatic transmission, a 2,000 plus stall speed converter should be also installed as well just to get this running properly, that's more again on the required side of things. So, if you're picking these up, tack all those costs on to the final price there when you're shopping around. So when it comes those modified 4.6s there are a few things that you would already need to have on your Mustang in order to support the Stage 3 Cams including an intake, maybe a full exhaust of course the cold air intake, the throttle body, those things all put together tied in with the Stage 3 Cams will really maximize all of the performance. Just sticking a Stage 3 Cams on a completely stock 4.6 will not have this thing running the way it should be considering it's such a big cam, it needs those supporting mods. There is also one more thing I'm gonna throw at you. That is a very good idea to pick up which is going to be the adjustable cam gears. Now, when you're setting up a bigger cam like this, you are modifying the camshaft to crankshaft centerline position so adjustable cam gears can help you fine tune all those little details to make sure this thing is running at its maximum potential. Tying all those parts, I just mentioned together in addition to the 270 cam we have here, all of that can expect to make around 40 rear wheel horse power as well as 30 to 40-pound feet of torque. That's something a lot of the customers are claiming, who have reviewed the product and applied it to their own 4.6. Of course those numbers are just ballparked figures, it all depends on your personal modifications so don't expect exactly 40 horsepower, it may vary depending on your own setup. Just to give you a few more specs on these cam shafts. Just to give you an idea of what you're working with. At a duration of 50,000, you can expect 270 on the intake side and 274 on the exhaust side. Just to compare those numbers to the stock cam for the guys out there with non-PI heads, you have a 200 on the intake, 209 on the exhaust and of course guys with PI heads bump that up to 201 one on the intake and a 210 on the exhaust. Noticeable difference when compared to the Stage 3 Cams. So obviously there is a big difference there. Now with those big jumps from the factory duration to the duration of the Stage 3, 270 Cam, you can see exactly where the improvements are coming from. This is exactly what's going to produce that heavy loping sound at idle which is something a lot of people are striving for when picking up new cams. Some of you guys may be looking after the power gains. Some you guys maybe just looking after the sound gains. Some of you might be a little bit of both. I myself I'm more interested in the sound gains, but of course, if you're looking for the power it's there. If you're looking for the sound, it's definitely there. So this one is a good cam to cater to the guys out there who have modified 4.6s and are looking for best of both worlds. With that in mind, I do want to point out this is one of the more noticeable street cams available on the market. The Stage 3 Cam is probably coming around one of the last options as far as street drivability. This one gives you the heavier lope. It gives you a deeper lope at idle and noticeable sound and the power gains at mid-range, but of course, all that tied together still leaves you drivability as far as daily driving concerned, and it's something you can easily do on the street without running into any issues. Now if you move up to a stage 4 that might be a little bit of a different story. So the stage 3 might be the cutoff line there as far as the comp cams options are concerned. Now, if you are interested in picking up the sound and power that this combination makes, now you're looking at spending around $600 which is a very average price tag when it comes to the camshaft alone. Now, you get everything you see here literally just two cams for your single overhead cam motor. With that said $600, a very average price tag but you want to factor in all the additional pieces that you need to throw in to get this thing running properly. If you are going with the beehive valve springs that adds a little bit more pricing to it as well as the retainers to go along with that. Now, if you're going with third party options, you still gonna tack on that price here. And of course, if you're not doing this yourself as far as installation goes the labor tacks on even further. Now, If you are still interested you're getting power gains again around 3000, 3500 RPMs dead center in the middle of the power band there, were for the maximum potential this offers. Just to give you a solid idea of what to expect if you are looking to pick these up with the $600 and additional parts after that, expect to spend just north of $1,000 for a proper install if you've got somebody you know doing it for you or if you have a helping hand doing it yourself. With that said, if you going take it to a mechanic, expect another $1,000 at least for the labor alone. So, this is a pretty pricey install, this is why it gets the three out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, but I'll touch on that install in just a second. So, this one is definitely going to test the tool box as far as the install is concern. It requires mechanical expertise. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, no shame taking it over to a professional but then, of course, you're gonna have to tack on the labor cost because this one does take several hours if not a full day in the garage to complete. The three out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter can be attested to. Taken off the intake manifold, really dig into the cylinder heads by removing the valve covers, removing that crank shaft, pulley or spark plugs. It really goes the entire nine yards for this one which is why I get such a higher difficulty rating and takes so much longer to complete. Just to wrap up the overview and install we've got for you today, if you're the owner of a modified 96 to 04 GT, and you're looking to pick up one of the heftier lopes for drivable street cam. While also getting mid-range power gains close to about 40 rear wheel horsepower and 30 to 40-foot pounds of torque you might want to check out the Comp Cams Stage 3 Xtreme Energy XE270AH Camshafts which of course can be found right here at

    Big Power Gains. If you're ready to take the next step in power mods but don't want to go with a forced-induction setup, Comp Cams Stage III Xtreme Energy Camshafts are a great addition to your Pony. They will give you great mid-range power gains in horsepower and torque. They are best suited to Mustangs with Performance Improvement Heads.

    Streetable. This cam balances an aggressive profile with street driveability. When tuned, you'll still be able to drive your Pony around town to show it off to your admiring (or envious) friends and onlookers alike - and with a big sound even at idle this cam is guaranteed to turn heads.

    Deep, Loping Idle. If you love the sound of a deep, loping idle, you won't be disappointed by this cam. Like the muscle cars of yesteryear, this cam yields a sound that will make lesser cars clear a path out of your way at lights.

    Adjustable Cam Gears. Maximize the power from your new camshafts with a set of Adjustable Cam Gears, which will allow you the ability to fine tune your camshaft timing - a critical necessity when doing mods that can change your camshaft-to-crankshaft centerline position. Please see drop down option above.

    Application. This SOHC Camshaft is designed for 1996-2004 4.6L two valve V8 Mustangs with 3.55 or steeper rear gears and a 2000 plus stall speed converter on automatic transmissions. Recommended for use with 4.6 two valve V8 mustangs with intake, exhaust, custom tuned computer, and valve spring upgrades.

    Technical Note: The stage III cams are designed for modified cars that include upgraded valve springs for clearance related issues. It is recommended to use COMP Cams® 26113 Valve Springs for proper fitment. Combine the valve springs with a new set of valve spring steel retainers to handle the higher pressures developed by the springs.

    Fitment: 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

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    Comp Cam Data Sheet
    Part Number: 102600 Grind Number: XE270AH
    Lifter Type: None - OHC Engine Type: FORD 4.6 and 5.4 SOHC MODULAR 2-V (1992-Present)
    RPM Range: 1800 to 5800 Valve Timing : 0.05
    Lobe-Center Angle 113 Intake Center Line: 109

    Intake Exhaust
    Valve Lash: Hyd. Hyd.
    Duration: 270 274
    Duration @ .050" Lift: 234 238
    Valve Lift: 0.55 0.55
    Lobe Lift: 0.3 0.3

    Valve Timing @ 0.05" Lift: Open Close
    Intake: 8 BTDC 46 ABDC
    Exhaust: 56 BBDC 2 ATDC
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    Questions & Answers (97)

    5 Top Rated Questions

    Do i need to buy the accessories options? I have two 2003 mustang gt both have stock motors which is the 4.6. only difference is that one is standard and the other is automatic, i was wondering if I could fit these cams in the motor without buying any of the accessories options?

    • I will assume that you are referring to springs, followers ,etc. It is always a good idea to replace the springs with the heavier springs and new followers recommended for use with this cam.

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    best cams for low modification wich biggest cams can put on my 4.6 stock engine for have rough idle great sound ? i want put air cold intake + trhottel 75mm and tuner ... no more modidification , maybe just replce spring cam head

    • The stage 2 came are a great up grade. I put them on my 2003 Mustang Gt.and it sounds like a monster. It gives u great mid range power also.I really love them and wouldn't change them.

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    Will these work on a npi motor? I'm trying to see how much power I can get out of my 97 Mustang GT without do a pi swap first.

    • these will work but dont expect to see numbers higher than the PIswap. the pi heads are made with larger flowing valves to help move air in and out of the engine to create that power

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    I'm looking into buying these but first question with these work with stock pistons? Seems as if these are high lift cams? Also do these require a tune to use?

    • Hello! The Comp Cams Stage 3 Xtreme Energy XE270AH Camshafts will require different valve springs than stock due to the clearance issues. These cams will require a tune, for your mustang to run properly.

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    Will this affect my engine life? I have a 2002 GT, and plan on having this Stang for the long haul. I want a performance inhancing cam, but don't want to kill my motor any faster than I already am already by driving the car it was meant to be driven. Granted, a new motor will be in the works soon, but I still want to get everthing out of the 4.6 motor that I have right now.

    • I have these same cams on my 03 GT and it brought my car to the next level. Replacing original parts with new performance parts is always a good thing. It all comes down to how you drive it and take care of the regular maintenance stuff. If it's your dd, like mine is and you hop on it a couple times a day, you should be good. The one thing I have to deal with the most, is the constant smile on my face, because these cams are great!

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    I have a 99 GT. Will the stock MAF sensor and 19lb fuel injectors work with these stage 3 cams? 1 answer
    Do you need a new/different cam bolt to install this? 1 answer
    Are these california legal? 1 answer
    Work with stock 3.23 I have 2002 mustang gt auto. Will these cams work with my stock 3.23 set up 1 answer
    maximum gain just curious on the horse power gain on a 2003 mustang gt stock 3 answers
    Cams work well with supercharger? These will work fine after I supercharge my 04 GT correct? 3 answers
    Will these Camshafts work in a V6. or are they specific to the GT? 4 answers
    Hi do you recommend any adjustable cam gears? 0 answer
    What's the size of the bolts I need for the cam gears ? 1 answer
    I have a stock 98 gt with these cams what accessories I need with the stock heads ? There npi heads 1 answer

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    Overall Rating 4.6

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Weekend

    Installation Cost:$1000+

    • Performance Gain 4.384615 4.4
    • Fit 4.846154 4.8

    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      September 03, 2018

      Did not fit

      When setting up the cams found piston to valve contact


      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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    • 2/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      July 14, 2018

      Waste of time and money

      Lope is barely noticeable. NO PTV issues on stock block. Checked the vin on the parts and they are the Stage 3s. With cams I actually lost top end but gained down low. Expensive parts and expiensive labor. Don’t buy. Invest in procharger


      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      June 11, 2018

      Nice cams, but not alot of lope

      These cams work well and I can feel the power difference with my other bolt ons and I'm still breaking in an engine so I haven't even felt the higher RPM range yet. Some suggestions though. First, You have to get a crank bolt for each cam. They don't use the old cam bolts. Second, do yourself a favor and degree the cams in. It isn't required but it will give you piece of mind that you won't have ptv contact.


      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      May 29, 2018

      Dont waste your time

      These cams do not i repeat DO NOT.... Fit 96-98 motors i dont care what you do uggh waste of money and time. These cams are for 99-04 pi motors


      Year: 1996 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      May 06, 2018

      Nice Product

      No piston to valve clearance issues in my Windsor engine, dramatic increase in power, car dyno'd @ 300 hp to the rear wheels with basic bolt-ons (CAI, 75 mm throttle body/plenum, long tube headers, etc.)


      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

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    • 3/5

      April 07, 2018


      I bought these about a year ago just got the car running out just a cheap bama tune on the car replaced throttle body air intake and radiator along with it and now my car is running rich only on the passenger side it’s been at a shop for weeks and nobody seems to know how to fix it just curious if anyone else has had these problems also when rebuilding the car we we left the timing on both cams at zero the driver side seems to be fine only passenger side


      Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      January 25, 2018

      Don't worry, they'll fit.

      If you're going to install them your self or have a shop install them, you should have no problem at all with PTVC. I would recommend upgrading your valve springs and retainers. keep in mind that you will need a tune, but don't spend more money for something you can do yourself. Bama CST X4 works great. And NO, you do not have to degree these cam's, they're not that big of a duration. Unless you're trying to squeeze every inch of HP (which isn't much) don't worry about it. You do lose some torque but it makes up for it after 4000 RPM. You'll have a blast!


      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      October 06, 2017

      Love the sound

      I did a complete rebuild and add the cams. I haven’t been able to drive the car yet because of other issues but the sound of those cams is amazing love it can’t wait to drive it.


      Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      September 21, 2017

      Great Sound and power

      Awesome sound, like a classic hot rod. good torque and response.


      Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      August 24, 2017

      01 bullit

      Does anyone know where they install this cams in Georgia?


      Year: 2001 Submodel: Bullitt

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $1000+

      June 27, 2017

      Nice Cams

      I bought the Stage 3 Comp Cams for my Saleen 2001 back in April 2013, and I just had the time to install them. They were kinda expensive to install but at the end it was worth it. Although I was expecting a bigger lope sound being a stage 3 Cams but nope, sounds close to stage 1 Cams, don't know what happened there and never checked the serial number or part number to verify it was indeed Stage 3 but anyways, the gains are still there.


      Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      June 25, 2017


      Great upgrade when paired with the long tube headers and OR H-pipe. Sounds great and very noticeable seat of the pants power boost. Definitely worth the time!


      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      June 10, 2017

      Best cams for the money

      These are cams are awesome! Really gives my car the chop I wanted, a long with a power band that changes the car completely. I will say, they are streetable, but barely. Definetly need 3.73 gears if you do not have them be ready to get bad gas mileage and to bog a lot. I would definetly recommend these cams, and I wold get another pair!


      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $1000+

      June 09, 2017

      Great lope, great product

      Ran these in my car for about 2 weeks until the oil pump went out. They loped great, with a mean idle. If your car is an auto I highly recommend a torque converter--frequent stalling becomes annoying.


      Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $500-$1000

      June 29, 2015

      amazing sound

      The sound of these cams are amazing! After the dyno my car is only at 300hp but it was a gain of 40hp to it. Which isn't alot compared to the amount I paid to get it all done including rear end and 3000 stall converter. But the lope of these cams is mean! Definitely recommend!


      Year: 2003 Submodel: GT Granite Falls, NC

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    • 4/5

      July 09, 2014

      the parts your gonna need :)

      YOU DO NEED A BOLT AND WASHER... the stock bolt that comes out of the pi cams wont fit the comp cams stage 3 xe270ah cams. They just arent big enough.. so youll need to Buy 2 camshaft bolts: F1AZ-6A340-A ( this bolt is hard to find and has been discontinued so search the secound part number I listed right under this) Or F5RZ 6A340 B (I bought this bolt and it fit perfectly) _____________________________________ And 2 washers: F1AZ-6278-A And also do research on fidanza cam gears before you buy them.


      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      May 23, 2014

      early 2000 mustang gt

      Cams sound great, seriously!! Must Change the springs to beehive and adjustable cam gears. I had to ret#rd the cams to 4 degrees. Don't attempt installing them yourself unless your fairly knowledgeable and very patient! If your cam gears are pressed on you do need the Ford crankshaft bolts and washers to install the cam. Took about a week in total, a few hrs a day from start to finish. Do your research!!! They sound awesome!


      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT New Bern, NC, USA

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      April 08, 2014

      This is one mean mod

      I'm running this stage 3 comp cams with typhoon intake and a few more bolt ons and it perform great


      Year: 2003 Submodel: GT Denton, TX, USA

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      July 18, 2013

      Buy new bolts...

      The issue I had with install was the new cams don't take the same size camshaft bolts as stock...they take the 12mm crankshaft bolts. Make sure you order crankshaft bolts not camshaft bolts. If your motor is stock, you will most likely have piston to valve contact with these installed.


      Year: 2003 Submodel: GT Peru, IN 46970, USA

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      April 30, 2013

      Comp Cams Stage II

      Bought these puppies last week and they arrived a few days later. Easy to install, and man.. great aggressive sound and power. Definitely an awesome buy! Go with these cams and you cant go wrong!


      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

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