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What heads and cam for an 86 GT?

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Old 04-18-2007, 02:33 AM
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Default What heads and cam for an 86 GT?

Thanks to a bonus I wasn't expecting, I am ready to scrap the horrible 86 stock headsand get a cam and heads for the stang. I need some input on afew things.

Are the Trick Flow heads the only after market heads I can use without notching the pistons? (Remember, 86. Flat top pistons)

What heads and cam to go with my Cobra intake and Vortech SC? I need to stay smog legal in CA.

I want to keep the Cobra intake.

Usage of the vehicle is street/strip. Drag races once in a while. Not a daily driver.

I would like to do the work myself, but I won't try notching pistons, so if I went AFR heads and a custom grind cam (that was one recommendation I got) I would have it done at a shop (more expensive and not as much fun).

Any input is appreciated.
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get a machine shop to notch them for you, not expensive
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well let me say this after a lot of research the trick flow tw heads fit the flattops. and the cam thatis in the 86 sd cam is a good cam people have topped 300 wheel on it. i would stay wit stock and put some tw heads and be done. jmo

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Default RE: What heads and cam for an 86 GT?

Thanks for the suggestion. Ihadn't considered leaving the cam stock. Have to think about that.
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Stock cam is pretty good. put the twisted wedges on it.. and maybe some 1.7rr's to up the lift of the cam a little to get a lil more air in there. not posative if you will havepiston-to-valve clearence problems with the new larger valve size and the extra lift of the 1.7rr's... i know you can run them on E6 heads without a problem.
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Thanks. I was also wondering if I should go with o-ring gaskets. Thouhgts?
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