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Old 11-13-2013, 03:50 PM
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Just got my springs in today (915) comp cams. Im ordering the cam next week. Just wondering what kind of spring tool do you use on a 3.8 if anyone on here has done a cam on a 3.8. And also I was wondering if I could put springs on now and then do the cam swap next week so that way im not working on the car all day doing a cam swap. I just dont want to put new springs on now and it end up whipping the stock cam and filling the motor up with metal
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how many lbs are those springs? The cam will not wear any more with heavy springs. its mainly for higher rpm. you don't want the valve to be thrown open and not close.

As for the order you can put the springs on before the cam. Its a little bit of a chore to do it in the car. Kris did it in the car. he can give you a few pointers.

If the springs are more than 105# I'd be concerned about the timing chain. You'd need a double roller if you go over 105#. The tool is a valve spring compressor tool. you would need one that is low profile. the one I used with mine out of the car would not work if it was inside the car i don't think.

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Yea I was wondering if it would be the pry bar style or the kind that has a screw handle on the top. And yes there 105#
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autozone had the screw handle top. I'm sure there are others for low profile stuff
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Whos kris? Is he on here? Can you post a pic of the low profile kind your talking about
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you need the screw handle type, its a major pain in the ass to change in the car. you'll need some way to keep the valves form dropping into the motor, we did the rope trick (push as much rope as can into the cylinder, then turn the engine over until you feel the rope hit the top/bottom of the valve). Don't forget you'll need new retainers, stock ones wont work with those springs, neither will the stock locks (might want to get a few extra, cause you going to end up dropping them)

fyi the pass side is all most impossible to get the last 3, there's no room to get the tool in and turn it with the heater hose lines and ac evap in the way.



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Lol ok thanx. Thats the kind of spring tool I have. I got the springs and retainers from abbott racing. He said he uses stock locks so I didnt order any new ones and he doesnt sell any locks on his website for that reason. I dont know if mine will work with the 105# springs and retainers. I see you got the ls6 springs. Do t know if there different but if I do need new locks. What kind of motor do I need the locks from. Ls6 vette or just any ls1 car will work? And I have a compressor here at the shop I work at. Im just going to use my compression tester fitting and hose and connect it to a air line to hold the valves
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I used 90# ls6 springs with my stock retainers. I bought some ls1 retainers but didn't use them because it looked like they were taller meaning less #'s
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What did you do about the locks?
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