I'm looking into getting a new camshaft for my 84 Rabbit Convertible to put a little more pep in its step.
I have been doing my reading on camshafts and how they work and how to choose the right one, but I figured I'd get some opinions to help me pick.
So here is the state of my motor: completely stock except for the exhaust haha. Like I said I'm just looking to put a little more pep in the motor so I was just thinking of getting a 260 cam from techtonics or something because its nice and light and would work well with a stock motor. I'm just seeking opinions from more knowledgable people.
I know a few with that cam, and they enjoy it.
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Haha Kam I know is just a start! I have a custom fabricated full exhaust with a header and the cat deleted already which is LOUD and it actually helped the car out a bit to my surprise, but if only I had more money I would be putting a lot more than a camshaft in the car haha. If I had the money it would mean business time and I would just build almost the equivalent of an 8v race motor hahaha.
But the car has a 1.8L JH engine so it has the hydraulic lifters in it and there is a wide range of cams for the hydraulic as well as solid lifter engines as I assume most of you know. I'm just trying to make sure I don't put a cam that's too aggressive for a stock motor in there. Because as I said I was reading about cams, and apparently the more aggressive the cam is in terms of duration or something like that, the motor will want more compression. And at the moment I can't afford some 10:1 or 11:1 pistons haha. I just want to know everyone's feeling or experience with the 260 cam or what they have done in terms of a camshaft upgrade.
Well Brian said he knows a couple people with the Techtonics 260 cam and that they like it. Does anybody know anyone with an Autotech 270 cam? And if it works well with a stock motor?
2) Look at the cylinder head part number. A solid lifter JH will be 026103373F or 026103373H.
According to (and others) http://www.autotech.com/prod_engine_camvt.htm#8vcams , a good solid lifter upgrade is the Euro GTI 283 cam (aka G-grind cam). No matter what cam you go with, you'll want to check the valve clearance.
Thanks Kam! I know for sure its a JH motor and it is original to the car. I ready that on cabby-info.com but I just went and checked again and I realized three things. One being that I read the page wrong and two that the JH motor was used from 84 until 93, they just switched to hydro lifters in 88 like you said, and three that I now know for sure I have a solid lifter motor base upon the picture you posted.
I remember changing my valve cover gasket a while back and my engine has all five bearing caps. It's not "missing" the fourth one like it would be if it was a hydro motor.
Thank you again Kam, you just saved me from what would have been a huge problem. If you didn't post that I would have been the dummy to not check to be sure of what kind of motor I have a second time, just to be sure, and I would have bought the wrong cam haha.