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Camshaft Compatibility

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Which North American M116/M117 camshafts are compatible with which engines? I understand the early mechanical lifter cams might have a longer duration and less lift than the cams used with hydraulic lifters.

In other words, can I pull a 4.2, 4.5, 5.0, or 5.6L cam and use it in my 3.8 as long as it has hydraulic lifters? I'm in desperate need of a passengers side cam and I need to confirm compatibility.

Thanks so much.
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I looked up your part and found this:
Part Number: 116-051-63-01
Part Notes: 3.8l. Right.; 8 CYLINDER, 3.8L, 4.2L, 5.0L, 5.6L.
Then I looked up several others in that list and none of them came up with the same part number, so, it looks like your universe is very limited.

Found some more cross references and it looks like you're limited to 84 and 85 380SE and 380 SL's

The "good" news is, it's available new for less than $460...

116-051-63-01 Camshaft for 1984 Mercedes Benz 380 SE | Mercedes Benz OEM Parts : Mercedes-Benz Parts - MB Accessories & Lifestyle Collection
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