Setting Lifter Preload - Roller rockers

Old April 17th, 2018, 12:28 PM
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Setting Lifter Preload - Roller rockers

So Iíve read quite a few different methods of doing this. EOIC, etc. But my question to those whoíve done this is what is the simplest way of doing this procedure? Meaning the least revolutions of the crank and cam.

Iíll add that the guide plates arenít adjusted yet, so Iíd like to add that adjustment into the work flow. I know we shoot to adjust when the lifter is on the base circle. So my question is whatís the most efficient way of getting there.

Im working with flat tappet lifters (dry, not pumped up), 7/16Ē stud with polylocks, 1.65 stainless roller rockers.

I am getting the right rocker geometry with 2.8 turns of the polylock. .050Ē per turn with 7/16Ē studs. Lifter preload is right around .030Ē

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If you take the engine firing order and split it in half and arrange them to look like this
you will be able to figure out companion cylinders. Set #1 at TDC, you can adjust the valves on cylinder 1 and 6. Rotate the engine in the normal direction exactly 90*, set the valves on 8 and 5. Rotate another 90, set 4 and 7, another 90 and 3 and 2. You just set the valves with one turn of the engine. This is probably the easiest/fastest method. It helps to have a degrees balancer
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I did mine exactly the way Matt69 described.
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I am a little slower but I don't trust myself with the above. I have several friends that do it that way. I just start with hole 1 and go in the firing order one at a time. It ends up being two rounds of the crank.
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Old May 10th, 2018, 09:36 PM
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Thanks guys for your advice. I was able to make sense of this. All was put into perspective.
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Old May 11th, 2018, 09:13 AM
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I've used this with AMC engines (same firing order).

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