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    Default Cam Help Please

    I'm building a 427 BBC on a Gen 6 platform. I already have the HP injection system. I thought I had a cam, but I'm putting the engine together today and I opened the box, and it wasn't a step nosed Gen 6 like I ordered and have the rest of the parts for. So I need another cam pronto. I had originally ordered the cam for a Edelbrock system and they specified a 110°-112° LSA, but they weren't able to provide the injection system as promised. Does the Holley HP EFI system care what LSA I use? Edelbrock seemed to be pretty particular about it. Building this one at 11:1 with AFR 265 for street work and reasonable gas mileage with a Richmond 5 speed .77 O/D & 4.10s in a 3500 lb car.
    Last edited by MK Ultra; 01-19-2019 at 07:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK Ultra View Post
    Does the Holley HP EFI system care what LSA I use?
    Not necessarily, but the engine may idle better with a wide LSA (idle vacuum & idle quality is increased).
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    All EFI systems like a wider LSA. 112-114° is a good start. Your idle vacuum goes up, the idle is smoother, the torque curve flattens out, and mileage improves. The only reason to choose a low LSA is if you want a lopey idle. The HP EFI can handle either one.

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    I've found there's a few tricks to getting engines with large cams to idle well. Cylinder-to-cylinder AFR balance is more important than the cam IMO.

    Here's a pretty big cam (279°/285° with 108° LSA), but it idles nice because the intake manifold and injectors are all well balanced. Look at how stable AFR is (Closed Loop is ON). Spending a bit more time on it with the proper TB I could get it better.

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    Having the ECU control the ignition timing helps a lot with a big cam. Adding timing at idle will help smooth out a big cam, and it's much easier to change timing curves in a table than it is with a distributor.

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