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Old 02-14-2014, 09:15 PM
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Is it acceptable to use old lifters?

Is it possible to use lightly used lifters on a different slightly used cam?

Here's my thought.
I want to replace my current "stock" camshaft with my mild rv cam that was run for about 20 miles. So it's already been broken in. But my lifters only have about 2,000 miles on them. They aren't worn at all yet.

As long as there aren't any wear patterns on the lifters I can't see why there would be any reason not to reuse them.


Or is this one of those things that is completely unacceptable under all circumstances?
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Just measured the lifters. They are still convex. Not flat or concave. I think they will be perfectly acceptable to run.
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If it were a roller cam and lifters - sure, but a flat tappet I would not chance it.

Depending on how aggressive the profile is, you could wipe out a lobe even with new lifters. Get some new lifters and be sure to use assembly lube.

My 2 cents.
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It's a pretty mild flat tappet. I was gonna get new ones but I measured a new one and then each one of mine and they are still like new.

I think they'll be fine.
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Cam manufacturers are pushing the limits on flat tappets I think. Great if the cam survives. Just be sure to use assembly lube!
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The big question is this: are you putting them back in the same holes? That is the most critical thing as "flat" lifters sit slightly off- center to the lobes so they spin.

From what you describe, you should be fine if they go back in the same holes. Otherwise, you are asking for trouble. Remember that the lifters are broken in in the first 30 minutes not the first 2000 miles. And here's the thing- the amount each hole is offset to the lobes varies from hole to hole. So reguardless of the cam- the lifter is going to start it's wear pattern in a very specific area on the bottom of the lifter. Putting it back in the same hole guarantees that it will continue with that pattern. Putting it in a different hole is like the difference between driving in ruts or driving in and out of them.

So even if the cam is worn slightly differently- it's like driving slightly on the side of the rut. So -balance all that and consider the time and cost of replacing lifters and possibly the cam against the cost of new lifters........
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They will go back in the same holes. I've kept them in order.

I can't see a problem using them when they're still in new condition
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They will go back in the same holes. I've kept them in order.

I can't see a problem using them when they're still in new condition
Going back in the same holes I don't either. You might have gotten away with it switched but I wouldn't try- but that's just me. .....
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I'll do it and report back my experience.
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Well I did it. Have a few hundred miles on them again. No problems.
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Still running, over 2,000 miles now. I'm gonna call this one a win!
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Thanks for the update. .. never a doubt.....but good to hear.....
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We've gone redneck a few times years ago on our race engines when we had to replace a cam over the weekend and didn't have new parts… lifter being just one example. Honestly we never had a problem.
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Yes it's really just a wear thing. If they aren't worn funny there won't be a problem. Technically, they shouldn't be wearing at all anyway. They wear and then they start wearing the cam. That's when the problems start.

I've got even more miles on them. Still fine.
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