Originally Posted by oldbogie
What's it's doing in drawing the gear down to the thrust plate is correct, but the gear should bottom its hub (bolt circle) against the cam snout before it binds on the thrust plate. Some thin shim stock between the cam snout and the gear under the bolts should solve the problem by seating the gear before it clamps the thrust plate between it and the cam.
Is it common to have to install shims to get the thrust clearance correct? would a different timing set maybe fix this? If im pointing blame at the $30 timing set or the $300 cam im leaning towards maybe trying a new timing set. Any ideas?