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What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010. 04:10:01 AM. »
I Helped a friend buy a 2001 Dyna Carb TC88. What is the best cam for a bolt in on a Bone Stock TC88. Stock is a foreign word to me. :nix:

I kind of like the SE 255 because the early closing builds the compression but is it a bolt in and is there something better.
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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010. 04:12:20 AM. »
If staying with a cam-only set-up, I'd take a look at an Andrews 26. :smile:
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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010. 04:18:08 AM. »
I kind of like the SE 255 because the early closing builds the compression but is it a bolt in and is there something better.

the only year of 88" that it would be a bolt-on is 2006 Dyna's.  That cam is currently only available in the hydra chain version, besides the pre-05 bikes would have issues due to lift. 

I'm with Scott... actually I'm taking his advice and going with tw26's in my stock 88" bagger.   :teeth:
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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010. 05:02:10 AM. »
Have a look over at nightrider for some options too. http://www.nightrider.com/biketech/
What does your friend hope to achieve from a cam change? What sort of riding does he/she plan to do?
The Dyna is a lighter, more aerodynamic bike than a bagger so it doesn't necessarily need the same hauling power as many here are looking to create or improve.

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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010. 05:34:41 AM. »
The Dyna is a lighter, more aerodynamic bike than a bagger so it doesn't necessarily need the same hauling power as many here are looking to create or improve.

oops, I need to read up on my reading comprehension skills.   :embarrassed:  I missed it was for a dyna.  I'm changing my answer to SE204's (if engine will remain bone stock). 
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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010. 05:38:14 AM. »
+1 on the 204. Nice addition & the idle lope & exhaust note is sweet music to my ears  :up:
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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010. 05:55:51 AM. »
If the 204 are the choice. Its still early to have a winner, Then who has a used set.
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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010. 08:29:53 AM. »
I used the 204's in a 2000 Dyna. They worked pretty good in the stock 88" engine but really came to life when I eventually went to 95" with a little higher compression. I have been considering finding some of these for my son's Nightrain but also changing to the thinner Cometic head gasket thinking that a little boost in compression and the cam would be more fun in a stock bike. After all if you're doing a budget build and remove the top end to change out the cams there are only a few more screws and bolts and the head gasket is changed.

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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010. 08:39:09 AM. »
even in a stock lighter bike I think andrews 21's because low end torq still rules for most people.  Be realistic how he rides.  If he is not a drag racer and spends most of his time under 80mph 21's will feel like more to him.

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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #9 on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010. 08:55:15 AM. »
I'm running 26Ns in a 95" 04 Dyna and so far have been pleased with added performance. Got a set of heads at Vee-Twin now gettin a valve job and some port work, should wake her up a bit more. I don't think you could go wrong with a 21 or 26 in a stock 88".
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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #10 on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010. 09:42:19 AM. »
I went with Andrews 26G on my 04 RK (SE AC and pipes/carb rejet).
Seat of the pants dyno seems like an improvement over stock.  Wife has 04 FXD (stage 1, SE AC/pipes carb rejet) and will probably go with the 26G on hers when the tensioners are bad enough to replace. :wink:

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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #11 on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010. 09:47:52 AM. »
I had 204 s when my bike was new. Has a HOT ROD idle!!  My vote is 204s !
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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #12 on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010. 01:55:58 PM. »
Ok , who has a set of 204s for sale
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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #13 on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010. 03:09:56 PM. »
If staying with a cam-only set-up, I'd take a look at an Andrews 26. :smile: Scott

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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #14 on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010. 09:35:02 PM. »
a bone stock 88 dyna that is staying that way...i am with Scott tw26 chain drive.  bagger tw21.


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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #15 on: Thursday, January 28, 2010. 04:47:40 AM. »
I don't know anything much about the current cams and their characteristics but having had an EVO Dyna on which we replaced the cam with a Crane 310, it moved the power band up a notch in RPM. That meant it was just getting ready to roll in the @ 3000-3500 RPM range, into it's very sweet spot. That equated to 80-85 MPH in top gear and it always wanted to be in the passing lane to go faster. Riding with my friends became a chore cruising @55- 60MPH.. in 3 or 4 gear. My advice is pick a cam that closely suits HIS riding style and speed, and is able to make power in a range that's useful to him. Match the air, exhaust system and tuning to get the most out of the combination otherwise it's not worth toying with. My experiment with using V&H Straightshots was a bust performance-wise but they looked great on that model bike. Either KhromeWerks or CycleShack slip-ons would have bought me much more for for much less cost. Check out nightrider.com too.
Point being.. choose the right cam for the job and match the components to get the result he'll be happy with.   
Having learned that lesson, I was more careful with choosing on my next 2 bikes.
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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #16 on: Thursday, January 28, 2010. 06:40:05 AM. »
I put a set of 204 in my 07 FXDB. I got them on ebay for $100 from Mobile Bay Harley. They start coming on a little past 2100 rpm and got past 5000.At 3000 it starts getting fun.Idle is a little rough and my Khrome Werks mufflers got a bit of noise increase. The most bang for the buck I done to the bike so far.

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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #17 on: Thursday, January 28, 2010. 06:43:27 AM. »
Yup most of the nea sayers for the 204 cams are folks that have never had the chance to listen to em. They may not provide the ultimate best performance, but they do provide a nice boost & the idle is killer.
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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #18 on: Friday, January 29, 2010. 10:58:02 AM. »
The best cams are easy, its whatever you can afford>

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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #19 on: Saturday, January 30, 2010. 02:13:06 PM. »
Ok , who has a set of 204s for sale
Not me, I like mine too much. 95" with 204's and cycle shack slip ons. The torque starts well below 2000 rpm's and sounds as close to a pre twin cam as you can get.

I don't lug it that low, but if I wanted to it would pull it.
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Re: What is the Best Cam for a Stock TC88?
« Reply #20 on: Saturday, January 30, 2010. 03:37:20 PM. »
Andrews 21's if all you want to do is change cams.