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    What kind of valve spring pressure should I run on the seat and max lift. It's a 2.3 ford solid lift head with .525 lift. I've heard numbers all over the board from 90 on the seat to 150 on the seat. Thank you.

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    Ask cam manufacturer. But I'm going to guess and say 110 to 120 at seat 240 to 260 open.

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    you will get lots of different answers here,id suggest asking cam manufacture as recommended...personally id go a little more around 125-135 and 255-265
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    The guy I bought my cam from told me 90 or 95 pounds on seat. Any more and it costs power. I guess i'll try that. Thanks for the responses.

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    90-95 isn't near enough! 130-135 is a lot better numbers
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    JD Are you saying the valves will float at 95 pounds?

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    JD is spot on here. I'd be taking that 90 95 pound with a grain of salt. More spring doesn't cost power on these cars. Quite the contrary actually. I'd be more interested in controlling the valve motion.
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    As suggested, talk to the cam manufacture. And also tell the manufacturer the rpm range you intend to run the engine. It makes a difference when it comes to spring pressures. -Dave-

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    I talked to the guy that set up my head. He said he set it up with 115 pounds seat pressure. How will I know if Its not enough? Will I here the valves float or will it just not run high RPM? Thanks for the responses.

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    Default Correct valve spring pressure

    First off, are you talking Hydraulic, Solid or Roller.
    Hydraulic you should have between 95 - 100 lbs on the seat with no more than 250Lbs on the nose at max lift.
    Solid, run 105 - 110 lbs on the seat and a max of 275 lbs at max lift.
    Any more and you will have a short cam life.
    Roller, run 115 - 130 lbs on the seat and a max of 300 lbs at max lift.
    Valve spring pressure is not the only cause of valve float. Too tight of guides, and rocker to valve stem angle are also a factor.
    Another factor is the cam asymetrical?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wild Blue 32 View Post
    What kind of valve spring pressure should I run on the seat and max lift. It's a 2.3 ford solid lift head with .525 lift. I've heard numbers all over the board from 90 on the seat to 150 on the seat. Thank you.

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    It is a solid cam. it seams to run really good. what do you mean is the cam asymetrical? It is 515 lift intake and 520 lift exhaust.

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