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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-04-2016, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Building my cam kit

So far I have a set of screaming eagle adjustable pushrods with covers and gaskets and a cometic .30 head gasket. I'm looking at 3 different cams right now. I've made myself dizzy researching this again and again. I have decided not to do head work for now because unfortunately budget is a factor

I'm looking at the TW-777 cam because I've heard it pulls well in the 2500 to 5500 range where I want it. It has slightly less duration than other .575 lift cams but not as much as the cyclorama cam in that lift category. I think I'd be happy with this one but am not sure how it will react to the extra compression.

The 57H is one I keep bouncing back to because it appears that several people are quite pleased with this cam. It is my favorite because it can be found on ebay for about half as much as some others I've researched.

The TC24D appears to have the same specs as the 57H but Hillside has informed me in another post that it responds better to higher compression.

I'm guessing any of those 3 will make me a happy camper and allow me room to grow if I need some more next winter.

Comments and help are greatly appreciated. Thank you to everyone who has added their .02 to this thought process already. I am not ignoring any of what any of you have had to say.
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-04-2016, 08:58 AM
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I would call Woods they love to talk cams. They will ask the usuall what do you rdie and how do you ride and discuss future upgrades like heads and compression. They will direct you to their best came. I have run the TW222 in my 103 SG because I didnt plan headwork, very happy pulled like crazy. I had a TW777 in my 08 Fatbob and was also very happy never got to headwork before selling. I would also go to their site and checkout their various dyno runs sent to them for a myriad of bikes and configs.


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The TW777 is more of a high rpm cam you would be happier with a TW222 or a TW555 these cams work well with the heavier touring model bikes. The TW222 turns on at a lower rpm then either the TW555 or the TW777 and it pulls hard.
A .30 head gasket isn't going to give you too much of a compression jump and IMO it isn't worth doing a head gasket changes unless you have to pull the heads for some other reason.


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I've got the Andrews 57H with the D&D Fatcats dyno tuned with the Direct Link system. 100 torque in the 2600-2700 range and the hp pulls all the way out on the right side. A very good choice of bolt in cams. You can find it on Amazon for $203 and the inner torrington bearings for $15 or so, cheaper at a local bearing place. The new Rushmore bikes tanks are so easy to pull off now, that I pulled the tank and pulled the rocker boxes and rockers and used the stock pushrods to save money and actually about the same amount of time. A friend of mine in New Hampshire had the Woods 222 put in last year. He never liked it so he bought a set of the 57H's about 3 weeks ago and put them in and dyno'd it. It blew him away how much better the bike ran and how quick seat of the pants it was. To say the least he was really impressed. ON the Woods 777, I've never been a big fan of that cam. On the Woods 555, I have it in a softail and it was the worst mistake I ever made. It just feels lazy. Hope this helps. PM me if you need anything.
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How does the 57H respond to more compression?
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How does the 57H respond to more compression?
It will respond a little but the Rushmores already are a little higher in compression. If you do the work yourself on the tear down and install, then it would be worth the $400 or so for the 1.9" intake valve and mild port job and a .030 head gasket. I've seen dynos that show it in the 105-108 hp and the torque in the high teens. Hope this helps.
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Could you PM me the info on who can do it for that price? So far VeeTwin seems to have the best price on port/polish/ and new valves. I imagine it would be cheaper just to do the intake. I have been looking at a lot of dyno sheets and head work seems to create more usable torque and a flatter torque curve on the top between the spots I ride. I think the 57H would work good with it. The price difference is what has me leaning toward the 57 too. I wish I could go in the heads with a dremel tool and do some myself without screwing it up but I don't have the first idea of what I'd be doing other than matching up the gasket and smoothing out the casting. I do appreciate those who have the tools and years of knowledge but I also like to learn. I'd like to apprentice for a builder. Maybe I will if anyone will take a middle aged fat man on when I retire in 8 months. I wish I could go all out and throw money at it but I can't. I love this site though and like seeing what everyone is doing. I can't wait to see the results of Dragos blown 124.

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I have the 57 h cams and still glad I did. You will find the engine spins over easier (starts) because of 32 degree overlap and a closing of the intake is later 38 degrees after. The engine will also run cooler for these reasons. Mine begins to lay down @ about 5600 RPM.
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MY FIRST CAM WAS THE S&S 551 EASY START GREAT CAM RIGHT OFF THE STARTING LINE I LIKED THIS CAM BUT CAN NO LONGER USE IT AS MY COMPRESSION IS TO HIGH CAM

551: Designed for engines with 96 to 106 CID and 9:1 to 9:9 compression. This is a bolt-in cam set designed for stock or mildly modified touring bikes. 551 cams are not recommended for compression ratios of 10:1 or greater. Greatly improves low-end and midrange torque, strongest from idle-4000rpm.


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I run the Genesis 577 from GMR performance, I really like this CAM

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