How to Degree a Cam
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Fitting a performance camshaft to your engine can be one of the quickest and easiest options when it comes to unlocking large increases in power and torque, however getting the most out of a cam upgrade, as well as simply ensuring your engine is going to run without the valves contacting the piston, requires that the camshaft is degreed correctly. The process of degreeing, or dialling in the camshaft is one that many novice and experienced engine builders alike, struggle with and this course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to do the job right the first time.
Particularly when faced with the task of installing a new camshaft, it can be tricky to know where to start and what steps need to be completed. We address this with the HPA 6 step process which breaks the process of cam degreeing down into 6 bite sized tasks which individually are relatively easy to complete. This will let you quickly and accurately degree your cam or cams, but most importantly it will ensure you don’t miss out any critical steps. Once you’ve learned the 6 step process, you’ll be able to watch it being performed in real time in our library of worked examples where you can watch the cam degreeing process from start to finish on a range of different engines.
This course is applicable to any engine, regardless whether you’re running a single cam pushrod V8, or a quad cam V12. Camshaft degreeing does require some specific tools as well as a particular set of skills and in this course you will learn both. You will learn what tools you’ll need, as well as tips on what to look for when purchasing. You’ll also see all of the practical skills required to degree a cam demonstrated for you.
This course is designed equally for the home enthusiast who wants to learn how to degree cams for their own engine for a project car, as well as the industry professional who wants to bring their engine building in house and take more control over the process to provide a better product for their customers.
Degreeing a camshaft does require a basic familiarity with the fundamentals of engine building and if you’re new to engine building we would suggest you start with our Engine Building Fundamentals and Practical Engine Building courses first.
What you will learn
Camshaft fundamentals and terminology
Techniques for finding true TDC
How to fit and use a dial gauge
What the numbers on a cam spec card mean
How to measure and adjust valve timing events
- How to measure piston to valve clearance