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piston to valve clearance

Hi everyone,
Im in the middle of swapping my camel hump heads to some new aluminium heads, Im keeping the magnum 280(480/480) cam, do you think I will have any piston to valve clearance issues with installing the new heads?

The camel humps had 1.94/1.5 valves the new heads 2.02/1.6 valves.
The pistons are flat tops with 4 valve reliefs.
I wish I had checked with clay before torqueing heads down!

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You could check gross clearance from the top, bring the piston to TDC, get an in-car valve spring compressor, (cheap on the "Fix It" display at parts houses) remove the keeper and spring, and see how far the valve drops before hitting the piston, do the math with your cam spec card for actual lift at the valve if you changed rocker ratios. My guess is with .480 lift and valve reliefs, you won't have any problems.
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Thanks for that, im still running standard ratio rockers,but now rollers.
Its looks like I will be ok then! If I end up taking heads off to clearance the pushrod holes then I will check with some clay,just in a rush to get it done,got 2 weeks before I take it down the strip...
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if the block has never been deck or heads milled down, mostly likely as mention you should have no issues.. i would go as far to guess you will have over .200 clearence which is well acceptable.. just my thoughts anyway
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You should definitely check it manually like was already recommended. Exhaust valve at 10 degrees BTDC and the intake at 10 degrees ATDC. Even if it is a pain, it's a lot better than fixing all the damage that comes with a broken valve.
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Thanks guys,first class as usual,cant wait to try new heads out!
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Thanks for that, im still running standard ratio rockers,but now rollers.
Its looks like I will be ok then! If I end up taking heads off to clearance the pushrod holes then I will check with some clay,just in a rush to get it done,got 2 weeks before I take it down the strip...
Don't rush too much, that's how you make mistakes. Good luck with your build
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Don't rush too much, that's how you make mistakes. Good luck with your build
Thanks for that, finally been able to afford some "decent" heads, I should read installation notes first, I suppose we all learn by mistakes..
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Heads make or break the engine! What's the engine in?
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Thanks for that, finally been able to afford some "decent" heads, I should read installation notes first, I suppose we all learn by mistakes..
Piston to valve, while being very important, is only one of the valve train points that should be checked. The correct pushrod length should be high on your list of priorities- the p-rod length sets the valve train geometry.

The new heads should have plenty of clearance at the pushrod hole in the head; they're made to be used w/screw in studs and guide plates.

Good luck.
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Piston to valve, while being very important, is only one of the valve train points that should be checked. The correct pushrod length should be high on your list of priorities- the p-rod length sets the valve train geometry.

The new heads should have plenty of clearance at the pushrod hole in the head; they're made to be used w/screw in studs and guide plates.

Good luck.
Thanks for the link,very good read!
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