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Best Cams For Fox Body Mustang 302 Engine - Ranked & Reviewed

Created by Jay Walling
Last Updated 9/16/2021

Check out LMR's review and rankings for the Best Cams For Fox Body Mustang 302 Engines so that you can choose the best camshaft that works for you!

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Jump To: Mild Street | High Performance Street/Strip | High Performance/Race Applications

Picking out a camshaft for your build can seem to be a daunting task. There will be many different things that you will need to put into consideration here. We will cover these areas and then some within this article.

When it comes down to choosing your camshaft, you will need to consider a few different areas of your Mustang. The first thing being is, “what do I want my build to be”? This may sound a little out of the norm, but are you going to be building a mild street car, or are you going to shoot for the stars when it comes to power and performance? You need to tailor this question around the entire engine build, including heads, intake, rotating assembly, etc.

Your camshaft should honestly be one of the last steps you make when building your engine. Going with too large or small of a cam for your heads can diminish overall performance. Check out our Cylinder Head Camshaft Guide to learn more. The same thing will apply to your intake manifold, choice of the rotating assembly, torque converters, and even rear-end gears. Some even call the camshaft “The Brain” of your engine. If this is thrown off, your overall power and performance will suffer. A popular camshaft choice is from Ford Performance. Check out our Ford Performance Mustang Camshaft Guide to learn more about the different options.

Regardless of the head or cam you choose, a good rule of thumb will be to thoroughly go over the following items to ensure everything works correctly.

  • LMR recommends always recommends double-checking Piston to Valve clearance when installing a new set of heads or camshaft
  • Cylinder Head Spring Rate
  • Pushrod Length/Valvetrain Geometry
  • Spark Plug Selection

Mild Street Performance

Best Cams For Fox Body Mustang 302 Engine | Ranked & Reviewed - Best Cams For Fox Body Mustang 302 Engine | Ranked & Reviewed

Typically, these camshafts will be below .500 lift and offer excellent overall drivability on and off the street. Lobe separation and duration will be very friendly with these cams. These camshafts will not only give you a significant bump in power but will also provide your Mustang with an aggressive lope to the exhaust everyone is looking for. Idle quality is very good with these camshafts as well.

Ford Performance

B303 – M-6250-B303

Camshaft Specs
  • RPM Range | 3,000-6,000
  • Lobe Separation | 112°
Intake Specs
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 284
  • Duration @ .050 | 224
  • Valve Lift | .0480"
Exhaust
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 284
  • Duration @ .050 | 224
  • Valve Lift | .0480"

E303 - M-6250-E303

Camshaft Specs
  • RPM Range | 2,500-5,500
  • Lobe Separation | 110°
Intake Specs
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 282
  • Duration @ .050 | 220
  • Valve Lift | .0498"
Exhaust
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 282
  • Duration @ .050 | 220
  • Valve Lift | .0498"

Trick Flow

Stage 1 – TFS-51402000

Camshaft Specs
  • RPM Range | 2,000-5,500
  • Lobe Separation | 112°
Intake Specs
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 275
  • Duration @ .050 | 221
  • Valve Lift | .499"
Exhaust
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 279
  • Duration @ .050 | 225
  • Valve Lift | .510"

High Performance Street/Strip

Best Cams For Fox Body Mustang 302 Engine | Ranked & Reviewed - Best Cams For Fox Body Mustang 302 Engine | Ranked & Reviewed

Typically, these camshafts will be above a .500 lift and offer a higher duration and lobe separation. Due to this, piston modification, aftermarket gears/torque converters, and tuning may be required. Please make sure to read over the product descriptions on these when making a decision. Idle quality is still somewhat fair with these cams.

Ford Performance

F303 – M-6250-F303

Camshaft Specs
  • RPM Range | 3,500-6,500
  • Lobe Separation | 114°
Intake Specs
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 288
  • Duration @ .050 | 226
  • Valve Lift | .0512"
Exhaust
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 288
  • Duration @ .050 | 226
  • Valve Lift | .0512"

Trick Flow

Stage 2 – TFS-51402001

Camshaft Specs
  • RPM Range | 2,500-6,000
  • Lobe Separation | 112°
Intake Specs
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 286
  • Duration @ .050 | 224
  • Valve Lift | .542"
Exhaust
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 294
  • Duration @ .050 | 232
  • Valve Lift | .563"

Comp Cams

CCA-355148 – CCA-355148

Camshaft Specs
  • RPM Range | 1,500-5,500
  • Valve Timing | 1,500-5,500
  • Lobe Separation | 112°
  • Intake Centerline | 108
Intake Specs
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 266
  • Duration @ .050 | 216
  • Valve Lift | .0544"
  • Lobe Lift | .341"
Exhaust
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 274
  • Duration @ .050 | 224
  • Valve Lift | .0555"
  • Lobe Lift | .348"

Anderson Ford Motorsports

  • RPM Range | 2,600-6,200
  • Lumpy Idle
  • Great With Aftermarket Heads

AFM-B31 – AFM-B31

AFM-N21 – AFM-N21

AFM-N41 – AFM-N41


High Performance/Race Applications

Best Cams For Fox Body Mustang 302 Engine | Ranked & Reviewed - Best Cams For Fox Body Mustang 302 Engine | Ranked & Reviewed

Typically, these camshafts will be above a .550 lift and offer a higher duration and lobe separation. Due to this, piston modification, aftermarket gears/torque converters, and tuning usually are required. Please make sure to read over the product descriptions on these when making a decision. Idle quality usually is poor, and these will not be recommended for a daily driven street vehicle.

Ford Performance

X303 – M-6250-X303

Camshaft Specs
  • RPM Range | 2,200-6,200
  • Lobe Seperation | 112°
Intake Specs
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 286
  • Duration @ .050 | 224
  • Valve Lift | .0542"
Exhaust
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 286
  • Duration @ .050 | 224
  • Valve Lift | .0542"

Trick Flow

Stage 3 – TFS-51402002

Camshaft Specs
  • RPM Range | 3,200-6,800
  • Lobe Seperation | 110°
Intake Specs
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 298
  • Duration @ .050 | 236
  • Valve Lift | .0574"
Exhaust
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 310
  • Duration @ .050 | 248
  • Valve Lift | .0595"

Comp Cams

CA-355228 – CCA-355228

Camshaft Specs
  • RPM Range | 1,500-5,500
  • Valve Timing | 1,500-5,500
  • Lobe Seperation | 112°
  • Intake Centerline | 108°
Intake Specs
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 282
  • Duration @ .050 | 232
  • Valve Lift | .0565"
  • Lobe Lift | .354"
Exhaust
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 290
  • Duration @ .050 | 240
  • Valve Lift | .0574"
  • Lobe Lift | .36"

CCA-35-775-8 – CCA-35-775-8

Camshaft Specs
  • RPM Range | 2,600-6,300
  • Valve Timing | 2,600-6,300
  • Lobe Seperation | 114°
  • Intake Centerline | 110°
Intake Specs
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 286
  • Duration @ .050 | 236
  • Valve Lift | .0579"
  • Lobe Lift | .362"
Exhaust
  • Valve Lash | Hyd
  • Duration | 300
  • Duration @ .050 | 248
  • Valve Lift | .0579"
  • Lobe Lift | .362"

Anderson Ford Motorsports

AF-N91 – AF-N91

  • RPM Range | 2,800-6,900
  • Lopey Idle
  • Great With Aftermarket Heads
  • Must Use AFM Valve Springs

Conclusion - About This Guide

We at LMR hope this Fox Body Mustang 302 Cam Buying Guide has helped you make your decision on which best suits your needs by letting you weigh the benefits and features. Also, be in mind that all of the brands in this list are top manufacturers in the industry so you can’t go wrong with your choice. Check out our install article that covers how to install a camshaft in a Ford 302/351 with a timing chain if needed!

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How To Install 302/351 Mustang Camshaft & Timing Chain (79-95)

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Published on 2015-06-18
Camshafts are hands down one of the most popular upgrades for you pushrod Mustang guys. The ability to achieve more horsepower, more torque, and the lopey idle we all know and love. We offer a variety of camshafts from industry brands such as Ford Racing, Anderson, Trick Flow, and Comp Cams. All of which will feature different durations, lobe separations, and intake lift to meet your expectations for your build.

Mustang Fitment: 1979 (79), 1980 (80), 1981 (81), 1982 (82), 1983 (83), 1984 (84), 1985 (85), 1986 (86), 1987 (87), 1988 (88), 989 (89), 1990 (90), 1991 (91), 1992 (92), 1993 (93), 1994 (94), 1995 (95) 5.0L/5.8L, 302/351
Transcript
What’s going on everyone? Landan here with Late Model Restoration! Today I’m going to be breaking down the needed components when installing a new camshaft and timing chain set into your 302 or 351 based original roller block pushrod Mustang!

Camshafts are hands down one of the most popular upgrades for you pushrod Mustang guys. The ability to achieve more horsepower, more torque, and the lopey idle we all know and love. We offer a variety of camshafts from industry brands such as Ford Racing, Anderson, Trick Flow, and Comp Cams. All of which will feature different durations, lobe separations, and intake lift to meet your expectations for your build.

When adding a new cam into your newly assembled short block, you’ll obviously need a camshaft; then all of the necessary hardware for a new install. Such has, a new cam bolt and washer, thrust plate, and lifters. A timing chain set will be needed as well which will include a new camshaft gear, crank sprocket and timing chain. To top that off, make sure whatever cylinder heads you are going to be running for your build, has the adequate valve springs installed to support the lift of your camshaft. Then, you’ll pair that up with the correct length push rods and roller rockers.

Some obvious things you guys will want to keep in mind, is work as clean as possible when assembling any engine related part. Double and triple check push rod length as well as your piston to valve clearance. Since piston to valve clearance is for the most part pretty in depth, we’ve set aside a separate video which can be viewed by clicking the link in the video description.

So follow along guys as I walk you through the general procedures on installing a new camshaft and timing chain set into this 302.

In this particular video we used Trick Flow, Comp Cams, and 5.0 Resto components to assemble this portion of our 302. Before you begin, it is in your best interest to have a clean working area and to clean all of your parts prior to install. To begin installation, locate the dowels that were included with your camshaft.

The long dowel will be for 79-85 carbureted applications and the shorter dowel will be for 86-95 fuel injected applications. Since this will be for a fuel injected car, we installed the shorter dowel into our camshaft. A simple trick when installing a camshaft into a 302 or 351 is to carefully place a Philips head screw driver into the front of the cam.

This will help allow for better control when positioning the camshaft into the engine block. Apply engine assembly lube to all of the camshaft lobes and bearing contact points. Carefully slide the camshaft into the engine block until it sits flush with the back of the block. Install the camshaft thrust plate and torque the bolts to 120 in/lbs. Position the crankshaft keyway to the twelve o’clock position.

Slide the crankshaft sprocket over the crank making sure the notch in the sprocket is even with the tooth. This will set the cam timing to zero degrees which is perfect for most street applications. Position the timing chain and cam gear onto the camshaft and dowel. Make sure to draw an imaginary line down the center of the engine and all of the timing marks line up correctly. Apply blue Loc Tite to the cam bolt, oil underneath the head, slide the washer on, and then torque to 45 ft/lbs. Give everything a solid once over, and that completes the installation procedures for the camshaft and timing chain.

If you guys want to see more awesome videos for your Fox Body or pushrod Mustang, then subscribe to our YouTube channel. All of the needed links are in the video description, so head on over to Late Model Restoration and pick up your camshaft and hardware for your 302 or 351 based engine!