Cam swaps are one of the best ways to make significantly more power from your LS1. Considering that you can make nearly 40 RWHP from a new cam, along with maximizing any other modifications you’ve made, they are even decently economical. The problem is that a cam swap is anything from a simple bolt on that can be performed in just a few hours. However, in this video we came across on YouTube all of the hours of labor that go into a cam swap on a common 4th Gen F-Body get condensed into just under twelve minutes.
The video’s caption tells us that this Z28’s stock cam is being removed in favor of a Comp Cams XE with 216/226 degrees of duration and a lift of .569/.571 with a 116LSA, along with the obligatory upgraded valve springs also from Comp. This relatively mild cam is a great match for a stock-ish LS1 with mild bolt ons, and ought to provide just enough of a power bump to make all the labor worth it.
Simply put; this video is great. We get to see every single step involved in an LS1 cam swap when the engine is still in the car. From the initial removal of the air box lid, to stabbing the Comp bump-stick, to putting in the new springs and buttoning everything back up – we get to see it all. If you’re thinking about tacking this job yourself in your own garage, this video could be a great resource.