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Hey guys I was wondering if you all could explain rockers for me or others who dont know about the different kinds??? Like 1.5 or 1.7 etc... Diferent sizes. Why you should use certain ones and the benefits.

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same answer as your camshaft question,,,, and different actual physical size of heads is part of the problem. You are going to math class today
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I know its a big question but if someone asked this again you could tell them to search for this thread. Rockers wouldnt be hard to explain. Well not like camshafts.
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Hey guys I was wondering if you all could explain rockers for me or others who dont know about the different kinds??? Like 1.5 or 1.7 etc... Diferent sizes. Why you should use certain ones and the benefits.
Hey guys I was wondering if you all could explain different types of camshafts for me and others to reference. Like whats best for certain applications. Different sizes cams, different lifts, LSA, Durations. Why we would use one cam over another and benefits.

Wow, these are a taller order than you yet realize, these are book learning size question rather than blog site questions. I'd recommend you start with this book.

How to Build and Modify Chevrolet Small-Block V-8 Camshafts and Valves by David Vizard

David has many other books and there are many other excellent authors writing about engines and their components.

Mr. Vizard gives you very straight up info as to what is used, when it's used, how it's used, why it's used, and what to expect from its use. His reads are content accurate though sometimes a bit deeper understanding of the subject by the reader is assumed so you get to do more digging as you gain enough knowledge to realize that what is said assumes you have this deeper understanding in some cases. This book is specific to Chevrolet, but in terms of concepts it transfers to engines in general. Anybody's and everybody's engine that you will ever look at is a physical design response to natural physical laws that govern everybody playing in this game. So while you as designer can push certain aspects of the design around to fit available space, materials and cost constraints in the end no matter who you are, you've got to make Mother Nature happy or fold up and go home.

It's not that we can't nor won't talk about this stuff, but these are subjects that get really deep, really fast and are not without their positional arguments as I'm sure you'll see in the responses you get.

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RED FLAG: 1.5 or 1.7? Mixing up engine "families". What engine are we talking about? Small block Chevy? They use 1.5 or 1.6:1 rockers (multiply "lobe lift" by rocker ratio to attain actual "lift at the valve"). Big blocks use 1.73:1. Small Fords are 1.6 or 1.7. Pontiacs are 1.5 or 1.65... Of course there ARE variations, but these are the "common" ones.

Like Bogie says, a LOT more here than meets the eye.

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AWWWWW, ok I didnt know all that, but I was talking about chevy small block. I didnt know it was that complex. Sorry guys. So if I am using a .420INT and a .442EXH Lift cam with 1.6:1 rockers its actual lift is what????? I cam up with .672INT and .707EXH. That dont seem right. Also what is dual and single pattern

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Try Every assembly is remanufactured to meet or exceed original equipment specifications., Rocker Arm Specialist Anderson, CA Contact us in Anderson, CA. I have been using them since they were located in Torrance, CA 25 years ago. They have always been very helpful to me.
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AWWWWW, ok I didnt know all that, but I was talking about chevy small block. I didnt know it was that complex. Sorry guys. So if I am using a .420INT and a .442EXH Lift cam with 1.6:1 rockers its actual lift is what????? I cam up with .672INT and .707EXH. That dont seem right. Also what is dual and single pattern
Yeah it gets complicate fast, don't be sorry we all started out from less than we know now, how did that song line go,,,"I wish I didn't know now, what I didn't know then."

The math for rocker ratios is ratio your going to divided by the ratio your coming from in this case 1.6/1.5 equals 1.0667. That answer times the known valve lift for a 1.5 ratio rocker will yield the lift at the valve for the 1.6 rocker. So .420 times 1.0667 is .448 on the intake and the exhaust is .442 times 1.0667 which nets .478. Also the lift event happens faster with the increasing ratio as does the loading on all the components, no free lunches allowed.

Springs are fun in a not very funny way, get this wrong and you ruin a lot of expensive parts.

- Typically a single spring is just that a simple winding of a piece of really good wire.

- A single spring with damper is the addition of a flat cross section wire wound into a spring that rides against the inner coils of a single spring to absorb (dampen) the natural harmonics of the single wire that would cause it to continue bouncing once excited (just like the shocks on you car's suspension in purpose).

- A single spring may also come with variable distances between windings which tends to dampen harmonics without a seperate damper, they may be made from wire that is not round you will see the term "ovate" and in more modern designs we see a variable diameter of the winding in what's called the beehive. Beehives have a lot of advantages in being more self damping and will tolerate more RPMs before loosing control with less spring rate and pressure. A lot of this is due to using a smaller thus lighter retainer.

- Dual wound is actually two springs a smaller nested inside a larger. They are wound in opposite directions to gain damping of harmonic responses in either but the main attraction is increasing spring rate and pressure without increasing diameter, lenght or wire size.

- Tripple wound is more of the same as dual with one more nested spring.

I highly recommend that you use the camshaft manufacturer's recommended springs and retainers if not lifters and valves as well if these are specified. They have the equipment like a Spintron that lets them do the testing to determine whether a selected spring actually performs the task of keeping the valve train tracking the cam. Loss of control quickly leads to broken parts in some cases even the loss of the engine. While a major player in keeping control of the valve train can be found in spring rate and pressure, the harmonic respose of the spring, also, needs to be studied and included into the spring design This is more complex to calculate and needs to be studied for actual events compared to calculated to be proofed by test that the spring doesn't get out of control harmonically somewhere in the RPM range.

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WOW Thats amazing. I have some dual springs I kept off of some 84 vette heads I think they were 293's but do you know if they would be good to hold onto. Also I have a cam I installed in my truck with the following specs::

IntakeExhaustAdvertised Duration262272Duration @ .050"204214Valve Lift w/ 1.5 Rocker Arms0.4200.442Valve Lift @ Cam0.2800.295Max Lift Angle107117Lobe Separation112Cam Timing @ .050" - Opens-5 ATDC44 BBDCCam Timing @ .050" - Closes29 ABDC-10 BTDC

Would it be safe to install 1.6 rockers later down the road to improve torque. I have the 193 heads which I know they are desingned for low end torque and fuel mileage and not so much for performance. But Could I squeeze a little more towing potential out of my chevy pickup by doing this.
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You may not know this, but you can't just swap out 1.5 rockers with 1.6 and not check the pushrod length to ensure proper pattern on the end of the valves. If the contact pattern is off from the wrong length pushrod and a higher ratio rocker it can cause damage to the end of the valve at the least, and possibly worse things if a keeper comes off or something else fails.
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They made me a new set of 1.61 Hi Lifts for my engine and moounted them on a new shaft and also towers. I ahd to rearrange a few on the shaft to get it right but they work like a charm. Remember there are different length Chevrolet Push Rods too and bet sure to get that right too. These folks have been doing this since I was racing at LADS in the LA area years ago. When "the Snake" was running big block Ford V-8's they were doing this then.
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Ok and there is a tool to measure what pushrods I need right.
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Yes, they make an adjustable pushrod to check for proper length. Then once the pattern is derived you can measure the pushrod and buy a set at that length.
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Do you take the tool and act like your doing a valve adjustment until you get the right length
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Do you take the tool and act like your doing a valve adjustment until you get the right length
No. You install rockers on one cylinder with the adjustable pushrod. Then you use machinist dye or a colored marker to the end of the valve stems. You crank or roll the engine over with the valve adjusted and adjust the pushrod until the pattern shows contact on the center of the valve stem. Then remove the rocker and check the length against the stock pushrod to see how much difference is needed. Lots of various lengths available in pushrods to get close to what your measurement shows.
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