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Beehive Springs/Valve Spring Micrometer

Hey you Guys,
I have a set of beehive springs/retainers and a new valve spring height micrometer from Summit. The retainers are so small in diameter that they will not seat on the mics outer rim like regular retainers, but drop down into the mics inner rim more than .1 in., making the mics reading inaccurate. I've tried finding washers with an OD small enough to fit inside the mics inner recess to act as a spacer, but the ID of the washer was too small to let the retainer fit inside, and the washer was hardened, making it hard to machine for a larger ID.
Does anyone know of an adapter that will allow the use of beehive retainers with regular spring mics?
Thanks for any ideas!

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You really don't need a spring micrometer to measure spring installed height. You can use a small metal rod cut to the installed height as a gauge.

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A arc welding rod once cut and ground to the length of the spring installed height should make a good go- no- go gauge.
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If I'm not mistaken I think they make different inside diameter valve spring micrometers. That's one reason it's nice to deal with a good local speed shop, they know those sorts of things. Summit and Jegs are cheap but sometimes there's no substitute for an educated guy you can talk to face to face and can swap a part or tool for you right away or in a day if somethings wrong.
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Thank for the input fellas!
I don't know why I didn't think of that wire gauge method. I guess I was eager to use my new shinny gauge.
Thanks Allot!
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The cheap, quick and dirty way is to use a .030 spring shim that fits the id. of the retainer and has an od. larger than the head of the mike. Make your measurements and subtract the shim height. Simple..
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