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Monday 11th March 2002.

I am reading a book called "21st Century Performance" by Julian Edgar at the moment.
You can buy it from

Anyway there are two particular chapters with very interesting information on the 1UZ-FE V8.

The first chapter "Engine and Driveline" part "camshafts" has a whole section about the 1UZ-FE camshafts and how they compare to other high performance engines. Standard specs are listed and they model changes (using Dyno2000 software) to the cams and resulting horsepower increases.

The most effective would seem to be changing the standard exhaust cam for an exhaust cam with revised opening of 55 degrees BBDC (Before Bottom Dead Centre) and closing of 18 ATDC (After Top Dead Centre) (standard exhaust is 46 BBDC and 3 ATDC). This changed exhaust cam with the standard intake increased the horsepower from 260 to 300 !! (modelled on Dyno2000).

The second very interesting bit is head porting. A 1UZ-FE head is flow benched before and afterward being ported. Increases in flow on the bench usually relate directly to horsepower increases. After porting the intake flow increased by 19 percent and the exhaust by 14 percent!!! These are actual flow bench figures. Not only that but there are 12 full colour photos of before and after close ups of all the critical parts to pay attention to when porting.

But back to the camshafts. I have read many times that Ivan Tighe has done camshafts for lots of special cars and custom applications.

Camshaft Grinders
223 Montague Rd West End 4101

(07) 3844 4283
(07) 3844 8505

mobile 0419 774 441

His name gets mentioned for all the tricky stuff including the Perth Car and the Queensland Bullet Supercharged car.

So I rang and spoke to Dean Tighe about the cams. They have done about 10 pairs already for drag cars, speed boats, supercharged cars etc.
He agreed that the doing the exhaust cam first was a reasonable step.
If he receives the old cams he welds them and grinds them to the new spec. Takes about a week (or three) and costs about $450 (for an extra 40 hp - this is a computer simulation only so far).

If it does work it is an excellent hp for dollar ratio.

Hardfacing the cams is not the same as a straight regrind.  The lobes are welded and built up before grinding (NB. hardfacing electrodes such as UTP electrode DUR 600, Soudokay 600-O and CIG Cobolarc electrodes welds a hard-face overlay to the existing lobe of the camshaft using the most advanced alloys -this has proven extremely durable. If you want too much info on hardfacing then you want the hardfacing.pdf from (341kB). Lots of information including diagrams etc.). You would only expect the cams to last about 60 000 km before they start to pit and wear. Not nearly as good as original cams. 

However if the cams work and prove themselves on the dyno then he make some brand new ones that will last forever and match the OEM quality. We are looking at about $1200 for a pair. Since my engine has an annoying tap tap and needs the valves shimmed anyway, it would be a perfect opportunity to whip out the exhaust cams and send them off. I may have to re-shim all the exhaust valves to suit the ground cam (not too much hopefully).

Long term Dean suggested doing the intake cams as well would be something to look at.

The helical centre drive gear comes off and can be reused on the new cams no problem.

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Figure 1 Intake cam is belt driven, exhaust cam is split helical gear drive off intake cam

Only the intake cam is connected to the drive belt - the exhaust cam comes out so much easier than the intake cam. Getting the timing marks lined up when reinstalling is the critical thing.

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Figure 2  Sample Computer model of intake cam change

21st Century Performance details models of several scenarios - the best one for a street car was changing the exhaust cams only. This gave the green line in the graph above. Since my engine had some valve shim noise, you could hear it tap tap tapping, I was pretty keen to re-shim the valves so it was a good opportunity to whip cams out and send them off to Dean Tighe. So that is where they are now.

I have dyno runs for my car before the exhaust cam change and I will do another afterwards. Since three intake valves needed shimming, the dyno will reflect this change as well. The goal is to get something like the green line.

next will be 2. 1UZ-FE V8 Camshafts - In Practice and 3. 1UZ-FE V8 Camshafts - Results.


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