View Full Version : Cam selection

11-20-2006, 07:53 AM
I need some help. I was going to post this in 5.0 tech but I need some help from folks that don't nec'ly go there and have some old school sensibility:

If this is inappropriate let me know.

11-20-2006, 09:21 AM
Wish I knew the answer. I also would like a different cam for my '95 that would do the things you are looking for. I long to have it sound like my old hot rods did in the 60's, but like you I need to keep it legal for the street. Keep us posted on what you find out.

11-20-2006, 10:35 AM
Roger-that. I'll talk to a couple of engine builders as well to see what is recommended.

11-20-2006, 02:16 PM
I am considering a cam swap when I do the AFR heads. The 94\95 computers are more finiky than the 93's, so I have to be more careful when selecting a cam so I don't have idle issues. I'm leaning toward the Steeda 19 (or the Steeda 18 for the fox) or the Crane 2031. The Steeda 18 cam specs are: Specifications:
Lift .480 w/1.6 Rockers
Duration 220 @ 0.050 intake
Duration 226 @ 0.050 exhaust
Lobe Separation 112
Recommended RPM Range 2500 to 6000

Steeda 19 cam specs is the same but the lobe sepaeration angle is wider at 115 for the picky 94\95 computer. Steeda proudly offers the #19 Cam, similar to the popular #18 Cam, but with a slightly wider lobe separation angle for better vacuum at idle which is required by the more sensitive 94-95 Mustang processor.
This cam features a split pattern which favors the exhaust side, and a wide 115 lobe separation for low overlap, making it an excellent choice for supercharged engines.
Recommended RPM Range 2300 to 6000

The Crane 2031 is designed for the Cobra 1.72 rockers. Also emission legal. Specs:
.513" int\.529" exh with the 1.72 rockers
duration @ .050": 214I\220E
Lobe seperation 112
Operation range: 2,000 - 5500 rpms.

The E cam specs:
Advertised Duration 282/ 282
duration @ .050" - 220/220
Lift .498/ .498
Lobe seperation: 110

They are similar, the wider lobe seperation angle helps with emissions & does not play havoc with the computers, especially the 94\95 computer. The fox computer is more forgiving. A custom cam could get a little more power out of the combonation, cost a little more & might have to wait to get it made.

Hope this helps some & does not cloud the issue more... :)

11-20-2006, 02:22 PM
Hope this helps some & does not cloud the issue more... :)

I knew you would chime in here....you're the man of knowledge when it comes to the 5.0.... :thumbsup:

Nothing beats the sound of a cammed 5.0...:drool:

11-20-2006, 07:31 PM
Thanks man!!!
I was hoping(and expected) that you would have some good info on these 2 engines... :thumbsup:

11-21-2006, 05:40 AM
Excellent info. Not clouds here. I need to hear what my options are--I'm in the budget stage.:D

11-21-2006, 12:29 PM
Also, (besides what I would think) what is the conventional wisdom for purchasing USED cams? I wouldn't be able to tell the dif between new and slightly used; of course totally shot may not be as obvious as I would think...

11-21-2006, 05:15 PM
Used rollers are usually ok as long as they still have the specs and exact info on what they are....

Just check for distributor gear wear on the cam... the lobes should be wear free...