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Old 07-29-2007, 11:51 AM   #1
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cam install issues, very important

Okay, so we installed my crane stg I cams, and I have a few tips to give out.

First, don't be afraid of this. It is easy. If you follow the instructions to the letter, you will have no problems.

Now, that said, there is a part of the instructions to which you should pay particular attention: the part about pinning the chain tensioner. Be sure that this thing is pinned tight. I recommend tighting it as tight as you can with your fingers, and then turning it until snug with a very small 8mm wrench (don't go overboard and break something!). The particulars of this are covered in Walter's cam install instructions.

Now, we didn't pin it quite tight enough the first time, and that delayed the finishing of the cam install by about two days until we could figure out how to release the tension without pulling the timing chain cover so we could put the exhaust cam gear back on. The problem was that we didn't have enough slack to get the cam on as the tensioner had tightened.

If you pin it right, it will be tight, but you will be able to slip the gear on. You may need to use a screw driver to kind of lever it on, but be careful and don't use the cam to try to do this.

If you do let the tensioner tighten, you need to release it some.

Here is how you do that without taking off the timing chain cover.:

Look up and to the left of your crank pulley. there is a wide flat bolt with a torx head. If you remove this, you will have access to the tensioner release mechanism.

Okay, now another important part, you need two people. One person will need to keep tension on the chain so A) it doesn't get sucked down more and B) it pushes the tensioner back with the chains tension.

Okay, now that you have tension on the chain, loosen the bolt pinning the tensioner arm.

The person under the car working with the tensioner release will need a very small flat blade screw driver that has been bent (the angle will vary to your needs). You will need ~1in from this bend. Stick the screwdriver in so that is is roughly horizontal with the deck. Once you get it in there, you should be able to turn it, and this should release the tension. This will give the person holding the tension on the chain some slack, and then they will be able to slip the exhaust cam gear back on and put the bolt in.

You might have to play around with the small screwdriver in the tensioner hole, but you should eventually get it to release. You WILL need two people to do this, cause if you release it and then it pulls the chain in (since the tensioner pin will have to be removed for this) you will prolly end up removing the timing chain cover..which is NOT a fun time.

Once you get the cam gear on though, everything is pie. Just put things where they go, make sure things are aligned, make sure things are torqued properly, and it shouldn't be a problem.

So far I am happy with the gains. It definately has more pep.

I also recently installed my FS oil cooler. I had been putting that off for a while...but since I was changing my oil anyway, I figured it was as good of a time as any. Also an easy install, no leaks the first time! So now with ~900miles on that oil change, I have to change it again in about 50 after the cam break in!


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Old 07-30-2007, 04:35 AM   #2
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does teh car sound loopy?
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Old 07-30-2007, 05:30 PM   #3
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It has a nice thump to it. :D
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got a sound clip?
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Old 08-01-2007, 08:08 PM   #5
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i can prolly make one. I'll have to get my junk together and do it.
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post it as soon as u can...i have stage one cranecams waiting to go on...and want to know how it sounds...
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cams are deff the way to go. I just had a set of comp cams installed with some adj gears. The cams kick ass. Make sure you get some gears as well so you can squeeze all the hp you can outta ure cams.
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I have a cam tool (for adjusting the overlap). Right now though I have them set straight up and they are working well with a good idle.

I still need to get a sound clip.
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i'll post a video clip later tonight
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heres the video of my car at idle to my new comp cams and gears:



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