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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-05-2015, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking about a cam swap. What else should i do along with it?

i have found a set of screamin eagle 295e cams with new lifters and perfect fit pushrods all new in the package for $200. I am currently stock other than reihnhart slip ons and a power commander. I know i will need an air cleaner swap as well. I will also be removing the cat from the head pipe. My dad has a screamin eagle road king with a stage 4 kit and i would love to at least sound close to as good as it does and possibly be able to run with it. I know im moving alot more weight with my glide, but that road king is a blast to ride! Would i benefit from a head gasket swap as well?
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I doubt you need a head gasket swap, but I would definitely consider new lifters depending on how many miles on the bike.

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With the .295 cams you should really need more compression. Go with a thinner head gasket, if not a set of SE heads. I would go with a set of .030 Cometic, James or SE gaskets. Just my 2 cents... Good luck with your build!

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The Stage IV SE kit is a matched package designed to work together.

IMO, throwing a set of 259 cams in your RG will not produce the same results. The 259 HD cams need several other things to reach full potential.

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With the .295 cams you should really need more compression. Go with a thinner head gasket, if not a set of SE heads. I would go with a set of .030 Cometic, James or SE gaskets. Just my 2 cents... Good luck with your build!
Would the "Perfect Length Pushrods" be ok with a thinner head gasket or do you think I would have to get a set of adjustable ones?
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Would the "Perfect Length Pushrods" be ok with a thinner head gasket or do you think I would have to get a set of adjustable ones?
They would still be ok. But I don't know if that cam is the way to go. Sometimes just doing a cam can be going backwards. Need to know more about your bike. What year, motor etc.
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They would still be ok. But I don't know if that cam is the way to go. Sometimes just doing a cam can be going backwards. Need to know more about your bike. What year, motor etc.
Right no need, yet, for adjustable pushrods. I concur that the cam might not be ideal by itself, but I simply answered the question. It really needs heads. Heads lead to pistons. Pistons lead to compression releases. Now we are back to where you came in. LOL Thanks for your input.

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Right no need, yet, for adjustable pushrods. I concur that the cam might not be ideal by itself, but I simply answered the question. It really needs heads. Heads lead to pistons. Pistons lead to compression releases. Now we are back to where you came in. LOL Thanks for your input.
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Right? It's a never ending circle. Tell me how I know, Learned the hard way then I learned from the best. It's all in what you want to accomplish. The end game.
Right you are, my friend. Since I was only trying to answer the question as it was asked I knew someone would eventually be the bearer of bad news. Ultimately smajr85 will have to decide how much he'll save by buying budget price cams. LOL

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Thanks for all your input guys! I didn't realize i didnt even say what my bike was! Its a 2012 ultra with 20k. I went ahead and bought the cams. Figure for $200 for still sealed in the box pushrods, lifters and cams i couldn't go wrong, even if they end up on Ebay! Honestly, im really after the sound more than im after tire smokin power. I miss the sound of my old sporty and my old shovelhead (though I know nothing sounds like a shovel!). This thing just idles too smooth! I may try the .030 head gaskets and cams then a tune and see what i get. I am a mechanic by trade so the labor is no problem.
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