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Old 08-02-2011, 12:52 AM   #1
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Default Cam install: how many hours does a shop normally charge?

Just curious what some of you have paid for cam/spring installs? Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Valve springs are usually about an hr labor if i recall, and another 2-3 for the cam itself.
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is there a how to cam install write up some where
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Valve springs are usually about an hr labor if i recall, and another 2-3 for the cam itself.
wow I wish I lived where you live.

Down here a cam job is 1500 plus parts. (so 15 hours)
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Never done one on a V, but most swaps have taken me 6-8 hours
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valve springs and pushrods cost me $500 (6 hour job).
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wow I wish I lived where you live.

Down here a cam job is 1500 plus parts. (so 15 hours)
I paid 2K 3 yrs ago supplying my own parts too.
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I'm considering having a cam put in; I spoke to a local company this morning (Tick Performance) and was quoted roughly $2k. I haven't received the breakdown in writing yet so I may be mistaken. But my understanding was that this price included the cam, various related parts (including timing chain), installation + tuning.

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I'm considering having a cam put in; I spoke to a local company this morning (Tick Performance) and was quoted roughly $2k. I haven't received the breakdown in writing yet so I may be mistaken. But my understanding was that this price included the cam, various related parts (including timing chain), installation + tuning.

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That seems the most logical pricing. What are tuners aroud the country charging? $450? Cam $400, related parts, maybe $400, then labor at $100/hr. If any shop is charging more than 8 hours for a basic install, then people need to find another shop. A good shop can probably do it in 5 hours.
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That seems the most logical pricing. What are tuners aroud the country charging? $450? Cam $400, related parts, maybe $400, then labor at $100/hr. If any shop is charging more than 8 hours for a basic install, then people need to find another shop. A good shop can probably do it in 5 hours.
five hours for what's involved? That's moving IMO.
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I paid 2K 3 yrs ago supplying my own parts too.
I've been quoted around 2500 at local shops and that includes parts, (cam, rods, springs, timing chain, tensioner)
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It's not about how fast the shop tech can do it, it's what the "book time" for the job is.
Around here the average for a cam install with springs is 10 hours or about $900 in labor.
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paid 2500 total with parts included
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So to the OP, I think we can all agree that including parts, $2-3k is probably not a bad deal depending on the parts included.
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Jeeze. I couldn't afford to mod if I didn't do it myself. Best of luck in your search op.
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I paid 1800 for a custom cam, melling HV oil pump, patriot gold springs, hardened pushrods, ls2 timing chain and thats installed with an oil change and gaskets.
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I've been quoted around 2500 at local shops and that includes parts, (cam, rods, springs, timing chain, tensioner)
I was quoted $1800 with all the parts listed above.
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heres a how to video, it should be the same as ls6, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=199YYgcDYeI
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http://ls1howto.com
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It costs too much, do it yourself. There are plenty of write-ups online. The guide I first followed was the ls1howto - same as CancerJCC posted. In the V you don't even have to disconnect the AC condensor, I just slid mine done. If you have a vavle spring compressor and normal hand tools, all you will need is dowel rods to hold the lifters up( $3 at home depot or $65 from Thunder Racing) and a new crankshaft balancer bolt($6 ebay). DO NOT reuse the same balancer bolt, they are torque to yield and will back out on you.
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