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    for real?

    cheap trick to promote sales of their product? or has anyone heard of this being true? got this from vincihiperformance.com when i was searching for a vendor for a new crane cam





    WARNING!

    LSX SERIES ENGINE CAM RETAINER PLATE WEAR PROBLEM

    We have noticed a considerable wear pattern on the front of the camshaft retainer plate, on the all of LSX series engines, including LS1, LS6, LQ4 etc trucks and on the new LS2 engines, as well. We believe this is due to improper oiling, between the plate and the timing gear. (see picture 1). This wear occurs with stock cams and after market cams as well, as it is a manufacturing defect not an aftermarket products defect. We have observed this wear on all of the LSX series engines with as little as 500 miles on them. VHP is bringing this information to our readers attention in hopes of preventing a serious engine failure. We have seen a material build up on magnetic oil pan drain plugs which, in some part, is due to the cam plate wear. We highly recommend using the Crane hex-adjust timing set on all cam installs, part number 144984-1. The bearing at the rear of the cam gear prevents most incidence of wear from re-occurring . (see picture 2). Here at VHP we have been notching the retainer plates for better oiling, to minimize this problem. (See picture 3). Upon tear down of test engines notching the plate and utilizing the Crane timing set has alleviated the problem.

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    It could be to boost sales. They probably have seen some sort of issue but I can't say its really a big deal.

    If this was a real large issue I think you finding this random thing about it would not be so random.

    Just my .02 though.


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    makes sense to boost sales. at least its not turbonator

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    Thats why I run a double roller/adjustable Crane timing set. I believe I bought it from Joe at VHP.
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    i agree with Gnomee, it cant really be that big of a problem... i mean if it was, you'd think there would be guys all over LSx forums everywhere, and everyone would be complaining about it. i have never heard of this, and have rebuilt a few LS1 engines myself.

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