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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-17-2016, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Lifters: to change or not to change

That is the question. I have 50k miles on the stock motor and have had no problems as of yet. I am putting in an Andrews 57H cam soon. So the question is do I change out the stock lifters for aftermarket replacements when I do. I have a set of S&S on standby but am not sure if I want to spend the 100 on them yet.

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That is the question. I have 50k miles on the stock motor and have had no problems as of yet. I am putting in an Andrews 57H cam soon. So the question is do I change out the stock lifters for aftermarket replacements when I do. I have a set of S&S on standby but am not sure if I want to spend the 100 on them yet.

I would say yes no matter what brand you have in there. Not saying that anyone with 50k mi on their lifters should run out and change them but you're already there so why not go ahead and help it last even longer. JMO


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I agree with RGken. Change em out while you're in there. That new cam might put a beating on the lifters which already have some miles on em.

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If you have adjustable pushrods lifters are not that hard of a DIY R&R so it is just a flip of the coin.
If you're already in there it wouldn't be a bad idea to do the swap.


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Change them. Harley lifters are a crap shoot, S&S are proven many times over.
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I installed the 57H cams and .030" head gaskets last year and went with the stock lifters and pushrods after talking with Andrew's tech support. Valve train noise was terrible. After 4000 miles I had I could take and installed S&S premium lifters and adjustable push rods, noise gone & problem solved. Spend the extra coin.


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here's the deal.. The cams and followers come when new, as a package. As they wear, they wear together, and such the wear matches each part perfectly.
If you change out the cam, it now has a new profile, while the old lifter is worn to the old cam profile. It is a small difference with the mileage your talking about, BUT remember that the cam is coated with a very small hard coating, as are the lifters. Once they wear through that coating, the wear quickly goes through and ruins a lot of things, You should ALWAYS change the lifters with the cam. They should be matched. Anything less, shortens the life of the parts And the motor as a whole.
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Lifters in these TC's have become a maintenance item. When replacing lifters that have not failed, it's not necessary to replace cams providing no unusual wear.
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Change em and upgrade them.
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