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Hydraulic Lifter Leaking Down
BabyBlueBird Online
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Caught a hydraulic lifter starting to go bad on my turbo coupe. Cylinder 4 exhaust to be exact. Came out of know where, caught it before any damage occurred. Since the Camshaft has to come out and I will more then likely replace all the lifters (looks pricey), I cant figure out what all I would need for a roller cam conversion. I've seen two cam options people talk about, Ranger Roller and A237. I also know that you need roller followers. Do you use the same style lifters with the roller cam? Lastly, Esslinger sells parts and so does Big R Motorsports, just curious if anyone has any experience with either.
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Kuch Offline
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Yes you can use the same lifters from your flat cam to use a roller cam. I have purchased a few different items from Big R, good vendor, easy to work with. He also has his own Ranger roller regrinds that would work better with a turbo than the old A237. He also usually has sets of roller lifters to buy. Also, if you only want to change the lifters I'm pretty sure if you remove the rockers the lifters will come right out without removing the cam. This way you can simply replace the lifters and keep your flat cam and rockers.
1988 Turbo Coupe, Black/Black, 5 Speed, Moonroof,  T3/T4, ported E6, 255LPH, Kirban, Stinger Exhaust, MGW shifter, K&N, Gillis valve, BP1.5, PIMPx, Koni's
1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL, 390 6V, Big Solid cam, Headers,3.89's, 4 Speed, Vast and fast
1960 Ford Starliner, 292 Y Block, 312 4bbl intake, headers, 3 Speed, slow and low
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vegas_ss Offline
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(07-11-2023, 10:36 AM)Kuch Wrote: Yes you can use the same lifters from your flat cam to use a roller cam. I have purchased a few different items from Big R, good vendor, easy to work with. He also has his own Ranger roller regrinds that would work better with a turbo than the old A237. He also usually has sets of roller lifters to buy. Also, if you only want to change the lifters I'm pretty sure if you remove the rockers the lifters will come right out without removing the cam. This way you can simply replace the lifters and keep your flat cam and rockers.

Yes, cam doesn't need to come out... I know I did lifters a while ago (8+ years), I believe I used some sort of tool to compress the spring and didn't remove the rockers.  I'll look later today for it and update.
1987 TC, 5sp, Boport Stage 3 Head/2.1 Cam
1996 Impala SS, DCM, Borla Cat Back, too much other stuff!!! (SOLD)
2009 Pontiac G8 GXP 6M, 6.2l LS3, Kooks Long Tube, Hi Flo Cats, Mild Cam
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BabyBlueBird Online
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I’ll probably end up just going after the lifters for now. Going to the roller cam is tempting though.
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