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Old 03-28-2006, 09:51 PM   #1
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Cam Gear Alignment Tool

do you really need the Focus Cam Gear Alignment Tool when installing cam gears on the car, or can you use something else instead?


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Old 03-28-2006, 10:03 PM   #2
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you don't NEED the alignment tool but it certainly helps. no reason not to use it...its cheap and very useful
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The tool is just a flat piece of metal designed to go in a slot in the back of the cams. If you buy a set of cams, I believe this will come with the cams. If for some reason you're putting in junkyard cams, then you can take your old cams and find some sort of flat hard metal to fit the slot, and use that. There's no reason why it wouldn't work so long as it fit snugly.
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Old 03-29-2006, 12:14 AM   #4
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True ^^^, the kit omly cost $20 or so. I know Tony at Newedgeperformance.com keeps them in stock.
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just dont try to use the bar to break the cam gear bolts loose.... cams arent cheap.
theres a knob between lobes 1 &2 that will face down at tdc. i found vice grips work perfect to hold the cams while your reaking the bolt loose and the vicegrips will keep it from flipping around on you.
try using the bar and you may snap the slot off the end of the cam....then your screwed.

and by the way, the bar is 5mm thick and about a foot or so long. a machine shop can make it for a couple bucks out of scrap.
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This is all good advice. Use the vice-grips and make a cheap aliag. bar at 5mm. This will get the job done.
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Old 03-29-2006, 05:47 PM   #7
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The kit also comes with a pin for TDC on cyl. #1 that you screw into the block. WELL worth the price of admission. NEVER cheap out on tools. I am a mechanic by trade ( tech if you will ) I have a few more than $20 invested in tools.
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perhaps off topic, but would putting a set of cam gears on the stock cams do anything? More power etc...
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They are only beutification, unless they are adjustable.
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perhaps off topic, but would putting a set of cam gears on the stock cams do anything? More power etc...
If the cams were tuned on a dyno. Or you can do the textbook basics: advance total cam timing= peakier power curve with higher hp / retard total cam timing= broad power curve with more low end torque. Since we have dual cams, we can move the intake and exhaust independent of each other, and increase cylinder pressures by moving the centerline of the cams away from each other- for example: adv int 2, exh 0 change.

Things don't always work exactly exactly on every motor, so this is only a guideline. Dyno tuning of the cams would be the best way to determine what is the best adjustment for your cams. Or you can always order them in some flashy color, get a groovy sticker, remove the upper timing cover, and show your buds how much of a race fanatic you are
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