Yesterday i called QED to order a set of these, and to my suprise, as promised, they arrived on my door step this morning.
However im not sure if i've done the right thing, so far they have cost me £80, but they did not come with shims, as i was expecting. So now im thinking is it going to be worth the hassle given that they will probably charge me £30 for a bag of different sized shims.
Has anybody used these before? Are they a pain to shim or is it plain sailing. Also where do the shims fit? Surely if they just rest on top of the lifter they will move everytime the cams lobe presses down on them causing it to wear away at the head.
Im fitting them as my hydraulic lifter have seen better days, they tap for about 15-20 minutes and are now causing a small misfire. Im sure autovaux sell a set of genuine lifter for £140 so im thinking i may just send these solid inserts back and buy from AutoVaux.
well, I assume you ordered solids because of the cam profile you were expecting to use - not to save money ?
if you still want to send the head to me at some point, I can take a look at the old lifters and see if they could be resurrected - the tapping on a cold start sounds like some of them are completely draining while the engines off - this could be due to a poor seal in the plunger due to getting gunked up - or excessive wear - if they're simply too worn there's nothing that can be done - but if not, they can be cleaned up and linished for a new lease of life.
i actually ordered them because i need new ones and thought that as they were cheaper why not! But as it turns out they may end up more expensive, there dont appear to be any disadvantages to having them, you may be able to correct me on this!?!?!?! lmao
I have had my lifters out before to clean them which did help but they still tapped, now if anything, they are worse.
I do still want you to do my head if your still willing, just trying to find an alternative way of getting to work while my car is off the road at the mo.
just give me a shout if/when you decide Ben, no problem.
solids.. no there's no real disadvantage - unless you count fiddling around with shims, which by all accounts is a bit of a pain until you've done it a few times.
and then there's the adjustment of them at some point in the future... but when setup properely the adjustment interval seems to be a bit of an urban myth - should be fine for ages really - especially if you're not running a particularly wild cam profile, and hence won't cause them to wear down as quick.
how did you clean your lifters before ? - tbh the bit that causes the biggest problem is the plunger - and to get to that properely they need to be dismantled.
Gary, last time i cleaned them i banged the centre section out of the lifter then submerged both parts into a bath of tetra clean. While submerged i pumped the plunger to clean the insides for a good 5 minutes on each one then re-pumped full off oil and fitted them back into the car. I didnt take the plunger to pieces though.
hmmm i think i might send these solid inserts back! maybe too much hassle on a car that does about 500-600 miles a week.