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My Head/Cam Install

This is a discussion on My Head/Cam Install within the Internal Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Originally Posted by jb3golf Nope......just follow LS1howto's install doc's and it SHOULD be a breeze. Make sure you have the ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb3golf View Post
    Nope......just follow LS1howto's install doc's and it SHOULD be a breeze. Make sure you have the dot to dot issue dead on before you button everything back up.

    Although you probably wont do this, I would suggest (as I may do this on my next project) purchasing a 2-piece timing cover. It looks like this item would make cam swaps SO MUCH easier since you wouldn't have to remove the crank pulley......as all of us (that have done the labor!!!) can vouch that the pulley is DIFFICULT to get off...........
    how about putting my new pulley on. anything I should know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by splitfinger09 View Post
    how about putting my new pulley on. anything I should know?
    Make sure you get a good 3-arm pulley puller. The LS1howto site will show you the one used for our cars............good luck bud!!!

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    Christmas came a little early this year boys ......

    ups man finally showed up!



    Still waiting on cylinder heads and injectors. A few questions?

    1. Which color O ring do I use. I got the melling pump and theres a choice between a green and black?

    2. What do I use to clean the cam? It seems to be pretty dirty.

    3. The inside of my LS6 intake is pretty oily. Is there a way to clean it out?

    4. The lifter instrucions talk about preload? Basically I want to know how to install the cam, the lifters, pushrods, and rockers the correct way. How do I torque the rockers etc...

    5. Do I need to use RTV if I got a new front cover seal?

    6. Which bolts do I need to apply loctite to?

    Thanks for all the help everyone!!!!!

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    read this book called "how to build and modify GM LS series engines" by Joseph Potak. besides being an awesome read, it answers all of your questions just asked above and there's pictures to go with each instruction (helpful for retards like myself)

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    Quote Originally Posted by splitfinger09 View Post
    Christmas came a little early this year boys ......

    ups man finally showed up!
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    Still waiting on cylinder heads and injectors. A few questions?

    1. Which color O ring do I use. I got the melling pump and theres a choice between a green and black?

    2. What do I use to clean the cam? It seems to be pretty dirty.

    3. The inside of my LS6 intake is pretty oily. Is there a way to clean it out?

    4. The lifter instrucions talk about preload? Basically I want to know how to install the cam, the lifters, pushrods, and rockers the correct way. How do I torque the rockers etc...

    5. Do I need to use RTV if I got a new front cover seal?

    6. Which bolts do I need to apply loctite to?

    Thanks for all the help everyone!!!!!


    whar for heads are u going with? whats the compresson going to be? and whats the grind on the cam ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xmarkx View Post
    read this book called "how to build and modify GM LS series engines" by Joseph Potak. besides being an awesome read, it answers all of your questions just asked above and there's pictures to go with each instruction (helpful for retards like myself)
    x2..i have that book myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    x2..i have that book myself
    there's not alot of good literature out there for fbody/ LS1 cars but all the same I try suck up as much as I can. i think more than half the questions asked by people on this board would have not been typed if they had bother to go to the local book store or amazon.com.

    I've found 2 very helpful books and 2 alright books at barnes and noble of all places.

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    I have completed building two ls7 engines the one with titanium rods I used
    kaytech bolts, however these rally pulled the rods out of round so had to resize which was $125.00 more so thats $325 in rod bolts.So if it is not high mileage motor just use new head bolts (ARP) and enjoy.

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    Do I need new lifter trays? Also what is the best cam and lifter lube you can buy locally?

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    Quote Originally Posted by splitfinger09 View Post
    Do I need new lifter trays? Also what is the best cam and lifter lube you can buy locally?
    look to see if your lifter tray is out of shape/in rough shape...for the mileage..id get new ones..cheap insurance really

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    I use Torco assembly lube, as for cleaning cam brake clean will work for first clean and then use automatic trans fluid to clean lobe and bearing surface
    this should be wiped clean again and third apply Torco lube as you assemble.
    Do you still need valve adjusting info?

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    i have a feeling you will become a very valuable member of this community lloyd

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    Quote Originally Posted by lloyd View Post
    I use Torco assembly lube, as for cleaning cam brake clean will work for first clean and then use automatic trans fluid to clean lobe and bearing surface
    this should be wiped clean again and third apply Torco lube as you assemble.
    Do you still need valve adjusting info?
    yes. basically i need to know how to properly istall the cam, then the new lifters, new pushrods, and how to adjust and torque the rocker arms properly. thanks!

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    I can only agree with others on books I have been reading and reading. I bought some
    shop manuals off Ebay on Camaro 2000 year books and my car is 2002 but 99.9 of
    what I need will be covered, think all three were about 85.00 used I can email you a few pages if you like on cam install...

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    well when you look at ls1howto it seems really simple I mean it doesnt really go into any detail. but yeah if you wanna email me some info that would be great.

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    Update. I got the motor mounts installed. It really wasnt that hard with the engine stripped down as much as it is at this point. The scissor jack method to getting the pass bolt back in is great! I got the new trunions installed with just a few tools that most of us have. Its a great upgrade to the stock rockers and relitivaly cheap. My svo green tops just came in so all im waiting for now is the heads and the pushrods. I have no idea when they will come in but im hoping soon. I ordered them on the 4th of October...




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    Ordered them on the 4th and still not here dam. I got a ms3 cam from a friend since I just.got a stall and ordered the patriot spring kit, jp double roller timing chain, manley rods, and a slp high flow oil pump since it was in stock and I.ordered them on a wed and they got to my friends shop that Friday and dropped the car off last Monday and should be tuned annd ready tomorrow. Gotta find a better vendor if parts are taking that long. I usually use the ws6store since I got all my bolt ons and suspension from them so they usually knock the prices down and ship it for free.
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    You get your heads yet, hows it going?

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    Heads will be here tomorrow! Have a question though. I saw someone use a 220 grit sand paper block to clean the block deck. I uses this method as well, but I have not seen anyone esle do that. Did I damage the block deck? Also any tips on how to use the comp cams pushrod checker? Thanks!



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