Dyno comparison: Skunk2 Pro 1's vs CTR camshafts

 
Old 03-09-2009, 02:53 PM
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I finally got a chance to do a back to back test on a customer's car that was previously using CTR cams and recently switched over to Skunk2 Pro 1's cams. I have not seen a real solid test at the same boost levels comparing the ITR/CTR cams to the Skunk2 Pro 1's, so I thought H-T would appreciate the info. Here is a quick run down on the car:

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93 Octane fuel

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The pulls were done at several different psi levels, but I used the closest boost levels (18-19 psi) to illustrate the gains from doing the cam switch. There is a solid 60 whp gain in the higher rpms, with 300-400 rpms faster spool. When reviewing the boost plots the Pro 1’s had a peak boost of 18.5 psi, where the CTR cams had a peak boost of 19.8 psi. The Pro 1’s were able to make significant gains with approximately 1.5 psi less boost between 8,500-9000 rpms! I hope this test can end alot of the "which cams are best for boost" posts I see several times a week on here.

I do want to make sure that everyone is clear, DO NOT USE THESE CAMS WITH A LOG MANIFOLD!!! They will lose power, bottom line. You need a GT35r or larger turbo, equal length manifold, large plenum intake manifold (edelbrock victor x or similar) and 3" or larger exhaust (no cat). I have had several customer's car come in with big cams like the Pro 1's, Tuner 2's, etc running log manifolds, 2" exhausts, etc and either have to turn vtec off or have it engage at 8,000 rpm+.

This write-up is also available at our blog.

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Very nice comparison. Thanks for taking the time to do this for us.
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Solid right there, thanks...
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Awesome comparison!

Now I've had a few people advising me to run Pro1's on my Topmount 60-1 Turbo 1.8l setup, but i'm hesitant to run them becuase I've read you saying only to run it with a GT35R or larger. My 60-1 doesn't fall into the ladder does it?
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Thank you Jeff, this is without a doubt the best cam comparison I have seen yet
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finally the test i have been waiting to se!!! nice job. i think i will be doing the switch.
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good test Jeff. i like the pro1's a lot!
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Nice test Jeff and killer power for 93 octane!
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93 OCTANE WOW!!! Does anyone want my itr cams so I can get the pro 1's!
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Jeff did you make any pulls past 9k rpm? I would love to keep my GSR cams in when I come back for a retune and do a GSR vs Pro1 comparison, bet that increase would be massive.
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Originally Posted by Boosted_Coupe View Post
Awesome comparison!

Now I've had a few people advising me to run Pro1's on my Topmount 60-1 Turbo 1.8l setup, but i'm hesitant to run them becuase I've read you saying only to run it with a GT35R or larger. My 60-1 doesn't fall into the ladder does it?
The 60-1 will work fine with the pro 1's if you are using the t350 aka stage 5 turbine wheel. I have not tried them on the stage 3 that typically comes with the t3/60-1's. I have used the tuner series stage 1's and pick up some nice power over GSRs on the t3/60-1.
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Awesome power, appreciate the info

I wish the pro1's didnt cost an arm and a leg
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Nice test Jeff and killer power for 93 octane!
I am not really into making crazy power on pump gas, but this car just wanted to make power so easily it was unreal. The engine with CTR's installed was actually tuned to 540whp at 21 psi previously, which I did not want to do on this set-up. The duty cycle on the solenoid was really touchy, so it was hard enough getting the boost dialed in to overlay on the old plots. 60% duty cycle gave 18~18.5 psi, 63% duty cycle gave 21 psi but i lifted out of those runs around 6k...it was headed for 600whp range lol. The car is a full weight ITR, and trapped in the 133-134 mph range at 475-500whp previously so I cant wait to see what it does this time around with the new cams.
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Jeff did you make any pulls past 9k rpm? I would love to keep my GSR cams in when I come back for a retune and do a GSR vs Pro1 comparison, bet that increase would be massive.
I didnt make any pulls past 9k simply because the old graphs ended there. I was more interested in getting a good comparison. Limiter is at 9.5k on the engine, so revving it out a bit probably wouldnt have done much more.
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Ok cool, I was just curious of the gains at around 10k with them, it looks like they were going to keep making power if the boost stayed constant at 9k.
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Originally Posted by Evans-Tuning.com View Post
I am not really into making crazy power on pump gas, but this car just wanted to make power so easily it was unreal. The engine with CTR's installed was actually tuned to 540whp at 21 psi previously, which I did not want to do on this set-up. The duty cycle on the solenoid was really touchy, so it was hard enough getting the boost dialed in to overlay on the old plots. 60% duty cycle gave 18~18.5 psi, 63% duty cycle gave 21 psi but i lifted out of those runs around 6k...it was headed for 600whp range lol. The car is a full weight ITR, and trapped in the 133-134 mph range at 475-500whp previously so I cant wait to see what it does this time around with the new cams.

i love cars like that. its weird how some cars just want to make all of the power in the world. i wish they were all like that!
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Nice comparison......

I'm guessing for a t3/t04e I should just stick with the CTR or ITR intake cam on a b18c1? I may just go with the pro 1's in case I upgrade the turbo later......
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I have had several customer's car come in with big cams like the Pro 1's, Tuner 2's, etc running log manifolds, 2" exhausts, etc and either have to turn vtec off or have it engage at 8,000 rpm +.
Hah, funny you mention that!

We've had several customers with similar setups and did the same exact thing. It's ridiculous!

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Jeff...great tune as always, the car has been driving like stock. Figured I'd post a few pics and mod list for those interested:

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I want your car sooo bad, I bought one brand new back in 2000 and totalled it 5 months later Big congrads to you does the car feel faster now with the new cams even though you are at basically the same power level as before?
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Nice job jeff...That gives us all great info. We all know for sure which is better now..
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I love type r's....sweet power
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love the post. thanks guys
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thanks for the test jeff.
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Can anyone give an approximate difference between these two sets of cams in terms of duration at .050" or 1mm (whichever is handy), and overall valve or lobe lift (again, whichever one is handy)?

Thanks in advance!
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