Before the stock cam could come out, a lot of stuff had to be moved out of the way. After
The new SS Camaro’s LS3 powerhouse ships from GM already putting out a stout 436 hp. As impressive as that is, the engine is just dying to make more and given the Camaro’s hefty curb weight of over 3,800 pounds, those extra horses make a great car even better.
One popular way to quickly up the power is by bolting on a power adder, which can easily bring an additional 150 hp to the party. But for those willing to dive into the LS3 there’s even more power to be had by changing out the camshaft.
The fact is that GM, in a never-ending dance to meet EPA and CAFE standards, tends to error on the side of caution when dolling out camshafts. As such, they leave a lot of potential power on the table—power that we want spinning our rear wheels.
We could then pull the fans, radiator, and intercooler out of the Camaro. This gave us the
Anyone who has swapped a cam on a traditional small-block Chevy will find doing the same procedure on an LS a piece of cake. For one, GM’s use of reusable gaskets means gobs of RTV sealant is a thing of the past. The cam just slides in place and is retained by a plate while the rockers are even easier to install, no cam buttons, no setting lash. We’re not sure a caveman could pull it off, but for most of us it’s an easy way to pick up quite a bit more power for a relatively small amount of effort.
To see what’s involved we went over to Total Performance Engineering in Las Vegas, where Jeff Gooss was getting ready to upgrade the bumpstick on this supercharged ’10 Camaro.
Next to go was the LS3 water pump. The reusable GM O-ringed gaskets made this virtually pa
In addition to pulling the water pump, we also had to remove the idler pulley that was att
Moving to the top of the engine, we removed the coil packs and valve covers. This gave us
With the pushrods removed, we could then pull the timing cover and get ready to pull the s
After removing the oil pump we used a puller to get the lower sprocket off of the crank sn
Using a Torx bit, we pulled the plate that held the GM single-bolt camshaft in place.