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Hey guys I was wondering if any of you have replaced a cam in a 1.9. How hard is it to install? Also how do the lifters come out? Can I get them out with just the valve cover removed? I am thinking about getting an EFP Cam. Any information is greatly appreciated.
 

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remove head. remove the rocker arms, remove the holder deals, remove lifters by pulling them out. remove cam retainer. pull out cam. make sure to oil things up good b4 u put it back in
 

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About how long would taking the head off take and how hard is it. I consider myself pretty good when it comes to working on cars. Do I have to replace the head gasket?
 

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Pulling the head isn't too much of big deal. Prepping and putting it back on is.

A new head gasket is required. Buy an entire gasket set; you'll need almost everything ($200 Cdn). You should also buy a new set of head bolts, if you can find them ($100 Cdn). You should have the head checked (dye-pen) and decked if necessary ($100 Cdn). Valve work may be required. You may decide to do the timing belt and water pump at the same time (yes, things start mushrooming). You'll have to scrape a pile of old paper gaskets off (major PITA). Then you'll wonder why you did all this just to replace a silly cam.

There have been discussions on head replacement recently. It's a lot of work and costs a lot of money. Some guys don't think it's much of a big deal. I say they have too much time on their hands.
 

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Also on Escort Focus it talks about how to degree a cam. Can't I just install it like I would a stock cam? Can I just put in the new cam and line the mark up with the one on the block like the stock cam is now? I just want to do it the right way.
 

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Well I finally got the EFP Cam in my car. What a simple installation. Whoever said you can't get the lifters out without taking the head off is SOOOO WRONG. All you do is take the rocker arms off and they slide right out. For the cam all I did was remeove the cam gear, take the coil and bracket off, pop out that round cover and pull the cam out by screwing a bolt in the end and pulling it out. The whole install took 2 hours. The 1.9 is one of the easiest engines to work on. The car actually keeps pulling all the way up to 6,000 RPM. It's great. I estimate about 15-20 H.P. from the cam.
 

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So which EFP cam did you get?
 

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i have the same cam, only mine is from the real manufacturer, Crane cams.

yeah, no head removal is necessary to do this job at all. everything just slides out once their respective retainers are taken off.

you can btw, install the cam just like stock, except that almost no cam maker grinds them perfect. you pretty much need to have someone measure valve lift and duration and use an adjustable cam gear to get any aftermarket cam to lineup straight.

not saying it wont run right if you dont, but theres power to be had by doing this.

im sorry tho, you did not get 20hp from this particular grind. you gained about 8-10% power increase over whatever you were at before. 10hp is reasonable unless you had some port work done to the head. then bump that figure up to 12%.

head work alone will give you another 30% power addition, at least 25hp, i promise.
 

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Crane took it off the website about 6 months ago. dont know why. i called them up and they sid they still make them. the Crane cams are what EFP sells as their hydraulic cams.

brand new they retail about 200-250 bux for the kit. I got mine 2nd hand new never installed for 100. its a nice cam though, really adds some mean torque.. as if the car needed much more.
 

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ive got a 2nd gen w/ an SPI engine. i was looking at getting a cam, and was looking at the 1C1C84C- 276/284 dur-.462/.479 lift. its the same price as the 260/268 dur-.429/.446 lift, so i figure why not get the extra power? it recomends getting the head ported, and i keep reading that just doing the head REALLY helps out power. however, i dont know anything about porting/polishing other than the fact that i need to find a REAL shop with a flow bench. i dont have a clue how much to tell anyone to take off, what to do about any other work that goes along with this... like i heard something about tri-beveled something or others...

what is the info i would need in order to get a cylinder head porting job done right? .. or who should i talk to
 
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