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Old 03-02-2008, 06:41 PM
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7. I have heard stories about people having issues with flat tappet break in. What does COMP Cams® offer to help reduce the chances of flat tappet failure?

Due to federal legislation, motor oils no longer contain certain anti-scuffing agents that played a critical role in flat tappet camshaft break in. While incorrect valve spring pressure and not following proper break-in procedure are often the culprits, the changes in oil formulation have brought about a need for additional steps to be added to the break-in process.

COMP Cams® has two ways to ensure proper break-in of flat tappet cams. COMP Cams® Engine Break-In Additive (part #159) ensures that the camshaft will have the lubricants that it needs to seat the camshaft journals and lobe/lifter surfaces. This lubricant is poured into the engine crankcase after the camshaft and lifters have been coated with the initial break-in lubricant supplied with the camshaft.

Another option for increasing flat tappet cam longevity is nitriding. Recently COMP Cams® invested in a nitriding machine, the first of its kind owned by a major U.S. aftermarket camshaft manufacturer. Nitriding actually hardens the surface of the camshaft and tappet face by injecting nitrogen “needles” into the metal. The result is an ultra-hard surface on the face of the camshaft lobes and lifter face, which greatly improves the performance and break-in process for flat tappet cams. This process is an additional charge for COMP Cams® camshafts, but for many extreme duty applications, it virtually ensures proper break-in and increased durability.
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