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Ranger 6



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United Kingdom 1988 Defender 90 V8 Petrol CSW Rimini Red
3.9 on SUs - which cam?
It's a std 3.9 9.35 block which has been re-bored, decked, the heads have been skimmed as well. That alone will up the CR a bit further. It's staying on carbs and I'd like to keep the drivability of the V8 so not too peaky.

Question: What Cam to keep the nice low end grunt?

Is the Real Steel Hurricane any good or should I be looking at a Kent H180? 90 V8 CSW - 1988
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MercianRover



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I ran the same setup and used the standard camshaft and BDR profile needles.
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Ranger 6



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Thanks - I have already switched to BBWs and it's made a massive difference to drivability.

My thinking is that a slightly improved cam will just give that extra 'spark' over a std one. 90 V8 CSW - 1988
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MercianRover



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Do you have the 3.9 exhaust setup?

Probably as well to get the distributor rebuilt and give the ignition system a refresh - Lumenition is another thing to consider.
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Yes, I have got the 3.9 exhaust on it already.

Does the electronic ignition really make that much of a difference? 90 V8 CSW - 1988
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Ranger 6



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Leaning towards this one: https://www.v8tuning.co.uk/custom-ground-camshafts 90 V8 CSW - 1988
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MercianRover



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MercianRover wrote:
Do you have the 3.9 exhaust setup?

Probably as well to get the distributor rebuilt and give the ignition system a refresh - Lumenition is another thing to consider.


No more faffing around with points gap and suffering the results of vaiable condensor quality, just a consistent spark under all conditions.
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Ranger 6



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Thanks - I'll have a look at that when the engine gets built 90 V8 CSW - 1988
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Ohlins



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My 3.9 on SU carbs has this one fitted...strong low end to mid range power.


https://crower.com/camshafts/land-rover/la...00cid.html


https://crower.com/printcamcard/?part_num=55229&x=0&y=0



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Army 110 3 Door V8
Army Lightweight 2.25 Petrol
110 300tdi 5 door
Yamaha XT660Z Ténéré
Gas Gas 300EC Ohlins
Post #973490 5th Dec 2022 4:11pm
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MercianRover



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Red line is pretty low on that Crower cam, admittedly the Rover V8 isn't great at high engine speeds but 4500rpm?
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Ohlins



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Indeed, though I must say I don't find it lacking in the low box and in high it cruises along just nicely. As you say these old pushrod two valve engines shouldn't work too hard...having said that my previous work V8's never died no matter how badly we treated them!!!

This is my first Defender V8/LPG with the engine installed as is when I bought it so I'm keen to learn about it over this winter.

All the best


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Army 110 3 Door V8
Army Lightweight 2.25 Petrol
110 300tdi 5 door
Yamaha XT660Z Ténéré
Gas Gas 300EC Ohlins
Post #973772 7th Dec 2022 9:23am
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Ranger 6



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Thanks - all useful info

The engine is still waiting assembly as the house renovation came first Very Happy 90 V8 CSW - 1988
Post #978828 19th Jan 2023 2:10pm
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