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Old 09-21-2013, 04:17 PM   #1
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Default So how do you like your IPD VX Cam?

I've got a non-turbo 240 wagon and have been thinking about getting the IPD VX cam. Those of you who have installed one, how do you like it?

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Old 09-21-2013, 04:59 PM   #2
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I think the RSI n/a stage 2 cam is a more fun cam. It also depends what your goals are. if you are looking for more torque and stump pulling power, throw in a T cam. if you have a manual transmission and aren't afrait of revving the car to 7k, get a K/H cam
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:55 PM   #3
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I like it. I have a wagon with the VX cam and a sedan without. The wagon with the VX revs much more freely and smoothly whereas the stock cam doesn't inspire confidence to rev. The power difference is not enormous, but is noticeable. The way I describe it is that the VX cam allows the accelerator petal to be more than a volume adjustment on the highway and actually inspire some forward acceleration. I may pick one up for the sedan on the IPD sale this weekend, since I have to do a timing belt anyway.


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Old 09-21-2013, 09:08 PM   #4
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I rode my VX cam for nearly a year with little adjustment thanks to IPD's adj cam gear. The difference... was, meh... underwhelming. I mean, it IS there, a bit, but it isn't anything to scream and shout about. Although, it is the only cam I have tried, so I can't really vouch for the others. I just with I had gone with their turbo cam, if I had known I was going to do a +t so quickly.
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Old 09-22-2013, 12:56 AM   #5
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Get an A or D if you want to wake it up a bit. The VX only felt better at higher RPM where the factory cam died at 5k.
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:51 AM   #6
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It was a noticeable difference. I went 18.6@73 mph stock with a 1990 Volvo 240 and after the vx cam install + the ipd upgrade exhaust the car went 17.4@79 mph. Idle is good also.
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:55 PM   #7
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b23 w/ m46- dropped the cam (+adj. cam gear) in and drove ~3K in august- much better balanced power band- more responsive over 2500, etc.- I'm pleased, but it is no miracle cure
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:02 PM   #8
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There are much better cams for the money/There are cams that will do the job for much less money.
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:06 PM   #9
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Someone on TB said the Volvo Penta D cam did the best on an n/a 240 of all the cams he tried...........
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:39 PM   #10
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What trans? Whay year/engine management?

If it's a Manual 2.4/3.1 I like the VX a lot, have had 3 of them, give it some advance and it will be torquey enough to drive all day under 2k rpm with free-rev's to redline,
If it's and auto, the VX is not so great, would get an A over a VX.

On K-Jet and cars w/adjustable ign timing, advance it, get a lopey cam and rev away, like a H,K or D AFTER increasing compression, if it's not already over 10:1. If you don't increase compression it's a waste of time & money with these cams IMHO
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:40 PM   #11
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Where do you guys find other cams for sale? RSI seems to be out of NA cams.
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:54 PM   #12
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the cam is good at higher RPM. Probably would never know in a automatic. It will not give you a boner or anything.
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Old 09-28-2013, 12:11 AM   #13
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Thanks for the great feedback. I have a 1992 automatic so I think I'll pass on the IPD VX. I'll keep my eye out for one of those other cams.
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Old 09-28-2013, 11:14 PM   #14
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K cam all day. no substitutes.
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Old 01-10-2014, 03:23 PM   #15
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I know this is kind of a dead thread, but I just installed a "B" cam in my 1989 5-speed 245, and the difference is quite significant. I hate to say dramatic, but it's much more like what I expected the original car to feel like. In fact, I'm wondering why Volvo didn't use this cam in the US to begin with. Emissions, maybe?

The change isn't mind-blowing, but it's more linear right off idle (my old "M" cam had a bit of a hole just off idle) and everywhere above 3,000 RPM it feels much more willing to rev. It never feels like a rocket ship, but it never falls on its face either. The M-cam just felt like it HATED to rev. Like it was resisting revving. With the B-Cam it feels like a normal OHC engine, nd that is a pretty significant change, I think.

I'm super pleased.
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Old 01-10-2014, 03:28 PM   #16
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I like my VX, I have a 1990 automatic car. The throttle response is 10x better, it revs better, and has a lot more "midrange" power. I have my ignation advanced a-bit with the adjustable cam gear and I re-diddy'd the valvetrain a bit plus a tune up with a open exhaust and a K&N filter. Car pulls better at mid range, but off the line I didn't notice a difference, but you sure can notice it when you're on the highway making a pass or doing a 30-60 run or something. Not mind blowing performance, but as others have said, probably what the car should have had in it stock. My idle is fine, its a bit lopey when it first starts up, but it smooths out right away.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:40 PM   #17
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"B" cam ... I'm wondering why Volvo didn't use this cam in the US to begin with.
They did, up until about 1981(?), then the "M" cam took over for the US non-turbo redblock...and yup, it was for emissions reasons.

Although I personally never had a problem smogging my K-jet 242Ti with a B cam, or K cam for that matter. Hell it even passed with the iPd 'turbo' cam, though not by much!
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Old 02-01-2014, 10:21 AM   #18
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I installed a B cam last weekend and adjusted the valve shims. So far I like the B cam a lot. Definitely quicker up to 80 mph when getting on the interstate.
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Someone on TB said the Volvo Penta D cam did the best on an n/a 240 of all the cams he tried...........
On my low compression B21F it was pretty good.

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I installed a B cam last weekend and adjusted the valve shims. So far I like the B cam a lot. Definitely quicker up to 80 mph when getting on the interstate.
It's better than the M for sure, but there are better out there if you want more out of it.
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Get an A or D if you want to wake it up a bit. The VX only felt better at higher RPM where the factory cam died at 5k.
Would these cams go well with a system like Regina? I've read the entire thread but haven't heard any mention of Regina + A different than stock camshaft.

The most plausible reason I suppose is because Regina does suck @ times. Either way I find myself curious. Car--93 940 AW71, Regina.
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my H cam and regina don't get along well. I think its because there is probably no vacuum.
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Old 05-18-2015, 02:13 AM   #22
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For an inexpensive upgrade, the B cam is tough to beat. Just make sure to adjust your valve shims. Also, just about every LH 2.4 car that I installed a B cam in had a slightly rough idle, but it's well worth it.
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:32 AM   #23
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Yes, my 1992 with the B cam idles lumpy too.
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For an inexpensive upgrade, the B cam is tough to beat. Just make sure to adjust your valve shims. Also, just about every LH 2.4 car that I installed a B cam in had a slightly rough idle, but it's well worth it.
How about w/ Regina? Anyone tried anything camshaft wise with Regina? I know the system sucks ass turds to most of the people here but unfortunately some of us are presently stuck w/ the system and would like to see @ least "some" improvement.

Just my opinion of the system, h/w it hasn't failed to get me home though
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Old 05-18-2015, 08:45 PM   #25
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Op I put a k cam in my 87 244. Man what a difference. K cam with intake and exhaust mods leaned me out enough to warrant new bigger injectors. I would recommend the k to anyone who wants a quick bolt on non turbo brick. Also spend money on suspension stuff like bracing and better struts. Not a $200 cam.
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