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Old 07-03-2011, 09:20 AM
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opinions on solid roller lifters for a street/strip car that sees more street time

I had a previous post on here that was similar but i though i would rephrase it so maybe my question was understood more.

currently i run a solid flat tappet cam on a street/strip car that sees about 15-20 passes a year but also sees about 2000-3000 miles street time a year. i take the car to "rolling car shows" where you tend to sit at idle in bumper to bumper traffic for quite a while. at these car shows it is very rare to see over 20-25 miles per hour nor about 2500-3000rpm (depending how high you take first) but it wont get out of second.

i've not heard very good things about the solid roller lifters that get put though this, i've heard some horror stories. what are your opinions on running sold roller lifters in a vehicle like this.

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You worry way too much. Get and install a complete comp street roller cam kit eg K-12-772-8 get the optional comp "rev kit" as well .

Set the valve lash cold .002" tighter then the cam card says and shut the hood and for get about it for 1 year. Remove and inspect the roller lifter once per year for any wear. Look for any tracking marks on the cam too.

All you need to do to keep the lifters lubed while ideing is snap the throttle once in a while. Not that hard. Keep the valve lash tight. Tighter- smaller valve lash is better. (makes the cam lope sound meaner and the valve train quieter too)

Most all of the horror stories are from guy trying to run radical race only cams
and spring pressures on the street. These race only cams do not belong on the street. The street rollers EG comp extreme Lunati voodoo, Crane power max are designed to live on the street. (and marine)
Adding the simple $100 rev kit helps a lot.

Some people even run hyd roller lifters on the Solid mechanical street roller cam for cruising then switch-swap lifters to mechanical roller lifters for racing. It works. Yes it requires two sets of lifters and two sets of push rods....but....

Like I said I think you are worried too much about nothing. I have a good few of these mech street rollers in the field now running with no issues on the street.

rev it up once in a while.

Anually, hand inspect your lifters

Keep the valve lash in the tight side
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