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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-07-2016, 04:10 AM Thread Starter
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Installing new lifters question

I am in the middle of doing a cam upgrade and have decided to install new liters while I an in there. I plan on installing the adjustable push rods. At one step they put a load on the push rod to deflate the lifters. if I buy new ones will they already be deflated or do they come with oil already in them from the factory. I guess what I am asking,, is do I have to set the push rods differently with new lifters, as compared to the one on the bike that are pumped up?
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The S&S lifters we use here are oiled, but need pressure to pump up via engine operation, or we also have a lifter pump tool that is manufactured by JIMS.
We load a .200" travel lifter here to .140".
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I have an old style pump style oil can. I keep synthetic motor oil in it. I put the end in the hole on the side of the lifter and pump the oil can until oil comes out around the cup in the top of the lifter then install. Make sure and put some assembly lube on the rollers or some motor oil so as not to have metal on metal at first start up.

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I just installed mine dry. I was thinking of cranking it over a few times or rotating the rear tire with it in 6th gear to pump them up. I was going to set them at 3 turns down.

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I just installed mine dry. I was thinking of cranking it over a few times or rotating the rear tire with it in 6th gear to pump them up. I was going to set them at 3 turns down.
That's a real no/no there. Some soak overnight instead of pumping them up. Some immerse them in oil and take a push rod and push the plunger to pump them up.
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That's a real no/no there. Some soak overnight instead of pumping them up. Some immerse them in oil and take a push rod and push the plunger to pump them up.
well sumbich. I don't want to take it apart again.... grrrrrr.

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I did slather it in assembly lube. The lifters! sickos!

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I did slather it in assembly lube. The lifters! sickos!
Think about it Norm, if you didn't pump them up with oil, when you crank it, it will be slapping on the cam and the rollers and that is not good.

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I was told that if you are using adjustable push rods, not to pump up the lifters before adjusting them due to having to bleed off the lifters to adjust. I used Redline assembly lube and let the motor pump up the lifters during first start up. Never heard a noise, like a dry lifter tick or clack upon first firing up.
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I was told that if you are using adjustable push rods, not to pump up the lifters before adjusting them due to having to bleed off the lifters to adjust. I used Redline assembly lube and let the motor pump up the lifters during first start up. Never heard a noise, like a dry lifter tick or clack upon first firing up.
Nope, you get the lifters on the base circle, adjust that set of rods on that cylinder. Wait for them to bleed down (you will be able to turn them with your fingers) then rotate engine and got to the other cylinder and do the same. You are adjusting with the lifter spring completely expanded and the cup all the way up. When you start the adjustment process, you hand screw the rods until they touch the lifter and you can't wiggle them up and down. No more than that much by hand, then do your 3 complete turns on the pushrod or the specified adjustment of the rods you are using.
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