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spring retainers & locks

This is a discussion on spring retainers & locks within the Internal Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; can i use the stock spring retainers and locks on beehive springs when doing a cam install?...

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    spring retainers & locks

    can i use the stock spring retainers and locks on beehive springs when doing a cam install?

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    Depends on what type of springs your installing or removing, if their stock springs their already behive, and if your upgrading and their behive yes you can still use the locks and retainer.

    But none behive springs use differant locks and retainers

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    Retainers should have a "line fit", that is not too much slop and also not something you force into place. If you check the various manufacturers, you will find the ID of the spring is closely matched to the OD of mating retainer. Below is a quote from the PSI spring catalog.

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    The interrelationship of the spring retainer, valve locks, and valve stem
    (and their proper fit) is the most critical factor in determining the strength
    and endurance of your valve train. The spring retainer and valve locks
    should seat snugly to the valve stem and not rotate freely when pulled
    together - in this position, the retainer should not rock from side to side.
    Retainer fit with the spring is a critical relationship when determining
    titanium retainer wear.

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