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Old 03-28-2004, 03:58 PM
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Cam Lube

I searched the KB, but only found one unhelpful item.. I know we've gone down this road before, but...

I've always used Lubriplate Assembly Lube #105 for cam lobes, but in light of my recent debacle I was wondering what everyone else uses. I don't like the red runny stuff you get with new cams. It seems like it would run off too easily.

What does everyone use? Any problems with Lubriplate?

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Old 03-28-2004, 04:00 PM
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ive used stp oil treatment (its very thick)
but i like to use crane cam break in lube. im sure your parts store sells cam lube.
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Old 03-28-2004, 04:30 PM
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I have been trying to get some cam break in lube from the local parts stores and all I can get is comp cam lube from AZ, that crap runs right off, it's no good.

Most parts stores try to sell me assemble lube, and tell me there is no such thing as Cam break in lube.

I did order a bottle of crane cam engine break in concentrate that you pit right in the oil before startup, but I don't trust it for breaking in the cam.

So I would also like to hear what everyone else uses.

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Old 03-28-2004, 04:35 PM
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thats weird i would never trust cam lube that you dont put directly on the cam. the crane lube i got i put right on the cam and lifters.
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Old 03-28-2004, 05:12 PM
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For years I have used JC Whitneys Moly Lube. It comes in a container that is exactly like the large container Crane used to sell. I will tell you there is no difference, so I assume it is the same manufacturer. No problems with this stuff, I have broken in many years worth of cams with this stuff, plus I use it as assembly lube on piston skirts. The cost is MUCH less than Cranes price.
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Lubriplate and STP are good lubricants, but they should never be used on cam lobes or lifters. Cam and lifter faces need an Extreme Pressure (EP) lubricant to be assured of proper break-in. I use Moly cam lube on the cam lobes, pushrod ends, rocker arm contact points and top of the valve stem. Assemply lube on all other parts except rings and cylinders. ( 30# engine oil is used for rings/pistons/cylinders.) Like Bob C. says, if you can find the stuff in a private label, go ahead and buy the cheaper lube because it probably all comes from the same place anyway.
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Crapp! I just bought a tub of the Crane stuff. Oh well, I'l check J.C. Whipme next time. I also recommend the moly paste as a cam break-in lube. It's also good on rocker arm balls or pivots.
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Old 03-30-2004, 07:33 PM
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Cam break in grease

Is this the right grease to use on the Cam lobes, lifters, and rocker arms???



The grease looks like blood red jello.

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Personally, I would not use anything but the thick, black (dark grey?), moly lube on cam lobes lifters and all other contact points within the valve train.
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Thanks for the response engineguy, I could have bought the thick black EP moly lube but I thought it would gum everything up.

The Lucas grease that i did buy is moly lube and it is kind of thick, but not as thick as the black grease.

Anyone else have some input on this?

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