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    my buddy has a 04 baja 202 with a 5.0l, he wants to change the cam in it, someone told him that it took a "special" cam, because that motor has variable valve timing, does any one know if this is true or not, how can he find out for sure, it looks like any other standard sbc motor?

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    Variable valve timing on a pushrod motor??? no it is a standard sbc except for it has vortec heads i'm guessing this is efi? the cam is different on that engine though it is a hyd. roller with a factory cam retainer plate and the cam gear bolt circle is closer together comp cams has a great selection of camshafts for that engine they are under O.E. hyd roller cams first 2 numbers start with 08 but if its efi choose wisely!!!

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    thank you, i was telling him it did not sound right, but he still wanted more input, that is why i asked here, i figured with all the knowledge floating around this place we/he would be golden.

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    he would be money ahead to pull the 5.0" at the end of season and find a 350 or a 383 to put in the boat.
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    Hey cstraub theres always that option i didnt think of that when i posted

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    Quote Originally Posted by cstraub View Post
    he would be money ahead to pull the 5.0" at the end of season and find a 350 or a 383 to put in the boat.
    Yes, much more to be gained here than trying to beef up the small motor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PT PERF View Post
    Variable valve timing on a pushrod motor??? no it is a standard sbc except for it has vortec heads i'm guessing this is efi? the cam is different on that engine though it is a hyd. roller with a factory cam retainer plate and the cam gear bolt circle is closer together comp cams has a great selection of camshafts for that engine they are under O.E. hyd roller cams first 2 numbers start with 08 but if its efi choose wisely!!!
    Yes ! some of the new LS series push-rod engines from GM have variable valve timing !

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    If an older 5.0 (pre-Vortec) I'd agree that it is kind of waste. Would take almost same $$ as outting together a 350.


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    A 5.0 Vortec headed motor can make an easy 330+hp with stock shortblock, a better cam, and valvetrain upgrade to handle new cam. Easier with a carb. EFI, well, you'll probably have to tune yourself or find a shop that can program it in the water.

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    LOL...I see 5.0 and I automatically think Ford.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steelcomp View Post
    LOL...I see 5.0 and I automatically think Ford.
    LOL...I see 5.0 FORD and I automatically hear Flowmasters.

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    Hallett boy were not talking LS engine here I have built many LS motors and no they dont have variable valve timing!!!

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    thanks for the info, you just backed up what i had told him, he called and talked to the guys at cpperformance, now it is a reprograming of the computer issue, so he is leaving it the way it is

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