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Want to rebiuld engine and beef up to pull a fifth wheel but still needs to pass smog. any ideas what will help and maybe ball park cost

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  • brandonskirt May 06, 2010

    doing a compression check #8 cylinder has 90lbs which is low compared to others @150. i was told i need a valve job. should i go that route or is it worth the money to spring for performance heads. if so will i have problems with smog

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    your solution is very helpful for me. keep up your solutions

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Hi Brandon, As you know horse power is expensive. One of the best cost effective horse power gains is the COLD AIR INTAKE You can move on to a mild cam - and also a chip. For now - I would install a cold air intake and also a performance chip. the chip will run you about 300.00 and the cold air intake depending where you but it about 150-300.00 The chip will simply wake up horsepower you know is there and that power is blocked when new with a downsized chip to pass emissions. The beauty of my ideas and these changes are they can be removed for inspection and then - WHAM - you're back on the race track in about an hour. Hope this helps FIX YA. Gary

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    Gary Rice May 06, 2010

    Glad to see you're making progress. Do go for the performance heads but -- keep in mind yours is a sort of double duty and that you're looking for longer life too. I will tell you now heavy duty applications like this do NOT last as long as normal duty so keep in mind 65,000 miles of good engine compared to maybe 90,000. This is because the strain is always there on a high performance engine but you need it so - go ahead and get some high performance heads. Be sure the shop has done this before and don't be a Ginnie pig for them. I would go with a mild cam - one made for hauling it will far out weigh the shortened life and you may get 100,000 or more miles out of it with regular maintenance. The chip is the surest way to switch between normal and performance. As for cost sure - most likely from 4200 to 6100. I would think 5600 for your purpose is good. You can save some by looking for bargains and it takes a little longer but in today's economy a hundred here and a hundred there saved - is great.
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