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Rikenbomb last won the day on August 18 2012

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    Baltimore, MD
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    Cougars, cars, drawing, photography

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    1999 Cougar V6 3L Hybrid
  1. Using Dom's custom cam shop, I had my 2.5L SVT cams reground for my Hybrid 3.0L. Unlike the 3.0L cams, the 2.5L cams were completely reground. These cams were designed with the COMPLETE 2.5L Intake system INCLUDING the IMRC. Lift was added for better breathing to the same specs as the 3.0Ls. Duration and phase was altered however on the intake lobes. These cams are a prototype just to remind you. We had no idea how these cams were going to perform since it's a complete reprofile of the cam unlike the 3.0L cams. What I was looking for An overall increase in torque throughout the mid-range. That's what I felt was lacking in my car and with the SVT cams. That was my goal first and foremost, to improve torque. I also wanted to get rid of the dreadful dip in torque that occurs right when the secondaries open. I could hear and feel a significant loss in torque when the IMRC was opening. Before numbers were 200 TQ, 224 HP and after numbers are 206 TQ, 227 HP. However, peak numbers do not tell the whole story. The reprofiled cams allowed for better tuning in the IMRC dead range, where I picked up 20+ TQ. I also had a catalytic converter that was pretty much shot. It may have affected things minutely. Not a lot of duration was added because I wanted to keep these cams streetable. I'm not interested in revving my engine past 6750 rpms as any gains past that point really are minimal in my opinion. I also don't visit that rpm range a lot and I'm not interested in blowing up engines. Noticeable improvements: Understand that tuning also affects how these cams perform! It has attitude! Especially at idle. Nice smooth and flatter torque curve Revs smoothly under acceleration Faster 0-60 Throttles easier Quieter when not under acceleration (>25% throttle) It gets a bit squirrley in the higher rpm range (5500+ rpms) The Negs Idles at 930 rpms - will not hold idle at 730 rpms (with Fidanza flywheel, dunno if this is affecting it). Loss in very low end torque (2k-2.5k rpm range) The cams won't turn your car into a Lambo My Modifications: Custom Cold Air Intake SVT TB Maximum Extrude Honed ST200 (SVT style) UIM SVT ('01+ Cougar) LIM 24 lb Taurus Split Port 3L Injectors SVT heads with 3L valves retrofitted and 3-4 angle valve job (IIRC on the valve work) MSDS Headers with ****ty MSDS Y-pipe Custom 2.5 in exhaust with high flow mufflers and high flow cat 3.83 Final Drive with Quaife Torque biasing/LSD/whatever the hell it's technically called Fidanza flywheel CUSTOM CAMS Before WITHOUT CUSTOM CAMS You can see where the gains in torque have occurred, right in the mid range. The torque curve is flatter and not as peaky. For those interested Dom (Buckeyesvt) may head up a Group Buy at some point in the future for those that are interested. Will this work on 2.5Ls? It should. It's designed for the COMPLETE 2.5L Intake system. Will this work on Split to Oval Port (Ported) 3Ls? Again, it should work. Should. However, understand that these cams were designed for a fully functioning 2.5L Intake system INCLUDING A FUNCTIONING IMRC. I have no idea what will happen with low range torque with a defeated IMRC. Again, given enough interest Buckeyesvt may start a group buy. The good news is that any 2.5L cams will work as they do not have to be SVT cams.
  2. Be careful with certain info. The only "oil issue" you need to worry about is low oil level. Keep an eye on your oil level and you'll be fine. The oil issues present themselves when the oil level is below the minimum mark. Aside from that there's lots of products and parts out there that are heavily supported that really do little for you. Before you know it you'll be spending hundreds on parts that you don't really need.
  3. The reason why Taurus and Sable engines are preferred is because of a few factors. The Intakes are usable as well as a few other things that I do not remember off hand.
  4. You are right. The camber plates are not needed. My Koni's failed because of the hollow strut used in their product. Yours may have taken more time. I believe the camber plates place a lot of pressure on the shaft of the strut itself, causing it to fail. I would recommend scrapping the camber plates and go back to the factory setup.
  5. The S.Drives aren't too bad, perform well for the money. they will however get noisier as they wear, just be aware of that. But I run 18s with low profile tires so YMMV.
  6. Keep us posted on your progress. I'd like to see how things go with this project!
  7. Are you looking to compare what SVT cams will do on a 3L vs. what the custom cams can offer on a 3L?
  8. Yes it has! And to think where you see the hp curve dip is where there is more room for improvements such as using a larger TB or getting head/valve work done. I'll agree with you on the SVT cams. In my setup you're not going to get much more than 200tq on it. Honestly I want more torque than that. I'd like to get another 10 ft-lbs or torque on my setup. The other issue is the SVT Intake. Unless you have your SVT/2.5L Intake Max Extrude Honed, you are guaranteed to be missing 10-20 hp (and probably the same amount of torque [depending on intake]) on your build.
  9. Impressive! Very similar to Dom's before all the work was done.
  10. Rikenbomb


    That's something you would have to contact Dom about.
  11. There's no real legal way of doing an HID conversion. However, changing out projectors is more involved, more costly and more of a difficult way of getting the same results. Getting an HID conversion kit is the best way to go, especially since they are now $200 and under.
  12. I see it happening at some time. There are going to be a lot of upset people if/when it does happen.
  13. Apparently there's some things going on that require a dns change. It should be up Mon or Tues. Don't ask questions I'm just the messenger.
  14. Terry and others on this board have been preaching to avoid the use of Spec clutches for quite some time. I have heard more negative things about Spec clutches than positive.
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