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e model cams base gasket on an s/sm help please

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I'm sure this subject has come up before but I was unable to find anything on it.

I'd like to put e model cams and base gasket on my sm until my checking account says I can get hotcams and a big bore.

My question is if I change out the base gasket won't that raise my compression. Therefore. Is an e model or other high compression piston necessary?

Also, does anyone know where I can pick up these parts?

Thanks in advance.

P.S. I expect to see all you socal sumo boys and girls at the opening round this weekend in fontana!!

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I'm sure this subject has come up before but I was unable to find anything on it.

I'd like to put e model cams and base gasket on my sm until my checking account says I can get hotcams and a big bore.

My question is if I change out the base gasket won't that raise my compression. Therefore. Is an e model or other high compression piston necessary?

Also, does anyone know where I can pick up these parts?

Thanks in advance.

P.S. I expect to see all you socal sumo boys and girls at the opening round this weekend in fontana!!

yes, swapping to the E base gasket raises compression. you would need to run premium fuel. most will tell you it's not worth pulling the cylinder just for this swap, as it will not be a substantial gain & you need new rings if you pull the cylinder completely off. replacing the rings can be avoided if you do not completely pull the cylinder. you would need to remove a c-clip & the piston pin, leaving the piston in the bore & re-install the same.

all drz's use the same piston & rings from the factory. E model & kick only models use a thinner base gasket for increased compression & power. S/SM models are de-tuned for emission purposes & to run on lower octane fuel.

if you went to a high compression piston & the E model base gasket, you would need to use a higher octane fuel than is available @ the pump.

base gasket can be purchased oem or aftermarket gasket companys(cometic, etc.)

there's a pair of E model cams in the tt classifieds, along with some old school stage 2 hotcams - non of which are mine nor am i affiliated with the sale of those parts in any way.

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Do not bother with the base gasket unless there is another reason to pull the jug. To get the same performance that the gasket will give you, just add a pound of air to your tires (or take out a pound). The E cams are certainly worth the trouble and easy enough to sell later.

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You will find E cams here in the TT classifieds or on Ebay....I got my set for $50 and it was about an hour to install. Most think they are worth it for about $100. The improvement I got was well worth $100 and had I known before I would have paid $125 to get a set. Be sure you get the right E cams. Do a search here and understand the letter markings on the gear end of the cams so you know you have the good E cams...some E cams are just like the cams you now have.

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