Ka24de cam install

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Simonsaid
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Ka24de cam install

Postby Simonsaid » Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:39 am

Helping my cousin install a set of aftermarket cams in a car he got from a buddy. Head was disassembled. We cannot get the dang cams to bolt in?? No matter how they are oriented the lobes push on the hydraulic lifters and we can’t get them pushed down enough to bolt down the cam caps? What’s the trick here? We stripped out a few bolts already trying to pull the cam down with the cam cap bolts and had to retap. Afraid to go any further and strip more.

Any help appreciated! I’ve done a few cam installs on a few Honda’s and Miatas but this is the first Nissan and it’s kicking my butt.


Akuhyo
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Car: 1990 Nissan 240SX Hatch

Re: Ka24de cam install

Postby Akuhyo » Fri Jan 29, 2021 7:31 am

Simonsaid wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:39 am
We cannot get the dang cams to bolt in?? No matter how they are oriented the lobes push on the hydraulic lifters and we can’t get them pushed down enough to bolt down the cam caps? What’s the trick here?
There aren't any hydraulic lifters on the KA, maybe you were referring to the shimmed buckets?

Also, are you sure the cams are for that engine? There is a difference between an S13 KA 89-94 and an S14 KA 95-98, the main difference being the intakes and the head. Cams usually aren't too hard to put in, they should rotate a bit over the cam grooves then just fall in.

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NukeKS14
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Car: 1995 240SX SE - KA24DE-T
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Re: Ka24de cam install

Postby NukeKS14 » Sat Jan 30, 2021 9:03 am

If they're large cams like the BC V3s, you have to clearance the head for the cams. Pictures would help the forums give you some guidance there.


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