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Old December 11th, 2003, 10:19 PM
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Jeffrey Rosbrugh
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Camshaft change 3.9 V8 95 D90

Recently, I have read several articles on the Rover V8 cam and how it is a mild grind and of weak construction that, as one article read, wears down into particulate that ends up embeded in the bearings causing bearing issues. Anyway, I am interested in getting more perfomance (a little anyway) by changing the camshaft out. Crane offers several, and I am seriously considering thier 2nd "performance" camshaft. If memory serves me correctly, it is 268/274 (int/ex) at 0 lift duration. The "reccomended" rpm range is 1800 to 4800. I figured this would provide a small bump in torque and I have been very pleased with Crane Cam's products I have used in several other vehicles. Any one with any experience with rover cam changes and specifically this camshaft? Any suggestion, guidance or hysterical observations are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Old December 12th, 2003, 01:17 AM
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Keith Kreutzer
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Sounds familiar... This is a Crane # that works nicely, Crane # 900571 and use Rhodes # 896-8 lifters... This should give you a warm feeling in you seat without making your computor angry!



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Old December 12th, 2003, 02:29 AM
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Doug Walker
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Mike Green, founder of gave me the same diagnosis on my '93 3.9. He said the cam change will definitely make a world of difference. Haven't done it yet, though. You might contact him for recommendations, or post on forum -- he answers there most frequently. BTW, Mike's dad built the first V8 Land Rover -- it's quite a story, see his site.

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