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    I recently got a custom solid roller for my new build. There were 2 giant red flags on the card that are making me crazy. We ready to fire this thing but are worried I got the wrong cam...

    The 2 things that are weird are that the spring pressure is listed at 160 and there is no spec for the valve lash. That spring pressure is more in line with a hydraulic, which would also explain the lack of lash spec on the card.

    I called the vendor and explained the situation. I was reassured that the spring pressure spec was a mistake and that it should be 245. I was also told that the lash should be .16 I and .019 E.

    I guess my question is, has anyone EVER seen a solid cam card WITHOUT the lash spec on it? Is there any way verify that I actually have a solid roller profile? Finally, what if it is a hydraulic roller cam and I have solid roller lifters.... destructo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkbit View Post
    I recently got a custom solid roller for my new build. There were 2 giant red flags on the card that are making me crazy. We ready to fire this thing but are worried I got the wrong cam...

    The 2 things that are weird are that the spring pressure is listed at 160 and there is no spec for the valve lash. That spring pressure is more in line with a hydraulic, which would also explain the lack of lash spec on the card.

    I called the vendor and explained the situation. I was reassured that the spring pressure spec was a mistake and that it should be 245. I was also told that the lash should be .16 I and .019 E.

    I guess my question is, has anyone EVER seen a solid cam card WITHOUT the lash spec on it? Is there any way verify that I actually have a solid roller profile? Finally, what if it is a hydraulic roller cam and I have solid roller lifters.... destructo?
    Hmm,, seems like you maybe should have figured this out prior to installing it in the engine? How could you degree the cam without looking at the card?

    You don't mention whose cam it is, and if the number on the card matches what's on the cam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkbit View Post
    I recently got a custom solid roller for my new build. There were 2 giant red flags on the card that are making me crazy. We ready to fire this thing but are worried I got the wrong cam...

    The 2 things that are weird are that the spring pressure is listed at 160 and there is no spec for the valve lash. That spring pressure is more in line with a hydraulic, which would also explain the lack of lash spec on the card.

    I called the vendor and explained the situation. I was reassured that the spring pressure spec was a mistake and that it should be 245. I was also told that the lash should be .16 I and .019 E.

    I guess my question is, has anyone EVER seen a solid cam card WITHOUT the lash spec on it? Is there any way verify that I actually have a solid roller profile? Finally, what if it is a hydraulic roller cam and I have solid roller lifters.... destructo?
    The spring pressure was incorrectly put on the cam card. We hand write the numbers and it was human error. You called and I looked up the grind and it is a solid roller and I gave you the lash. I usually write out the cam cards but was tied up that day. I can assure you after you have it running all worries will disappear in your wake.
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    The cam did match the cam card on the install. I did not mention the vendor for good reason but now that Chris spoke up, the mystery is gone.

    Chris, thank you for chiming in. I appreciate the big help you have been. Hope to have some good news in the next day or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkbit View Post
    The cam did match the cam card on the install. I did not mention the vendor for good reason but now that Chris spoke up, the mystery is gone.

    Chris, thank you for chiming in. I appreciate the big help you have been. Hope to have some good news in the next day or so.
    I hope you have EXCELLENT news in the next day or so also. I just gave Chris my credit card no. a few hours ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunkisst View Post
    I hope you have EXCELLENT news in the next day or so also. I just gave Chris my credit card no. a few hours ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunkisst View Post
    I hope you have EXCELLENT news in the next day or so also. I just gave Chris my credit card no. a few hours ago.
    Hmmmm....must be contagious.....did the same thing not too long ago......
    I’d rather live with a good question than a bad answer.

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    I have 2 of Chris's cams and just follow what he says and you will be happy with them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkbit View Post
    The cam did match the cam card on the install. I did not mention the vendor for good reason but now that Chris spoke up, the mystery is gone.

    Chris, thank you for chiming in. I appreciate the big help you have been. Hope to have some good news in the next day or so.
    Not a problem. I'm human and we will make mistakes. When I do I will take responsibilty for them and handle it so the customer is happy. Over on YB I had a discruntled customer a few months back. He was not happy with my short email answers. At busy times I write short answers. I think the build took longer than he thought and he was frustrated. Well a few weeks back he came on and said I cant go without apologizing to Chris as because I could not ask for a car to run any better than it does with a straub custom camshaft. I thought that was pretty cool as he did not have to come back on Yellow Bullet and say that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunkisst View Post
    I hope you have EXCELLENT news in the next day or so also. I just gave Chris my credit card no. a few hours ago.
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    2 most important things I see here are that the cam timed in as the card stated, proving it is in fact the right cam, and that when you called you actually got a human being on the phone that straightened it out and gave you the correct info. I have more than a few cards with no spring pressure listed on them, Shit happens.



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