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    Thread: Installing cams @ 95K, no chain noise, looking for guidance.

    1. Member blinkinbanana's Avatar
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      04-01-2012 09:21 AM #1
      I bought TT 264/260 cams for my R, I've looked around a little and I found these two threads and still have questions about install.
      cam install with detailed pictures
      R32 what needs to be replaced w/ cam install

      1. I'm at 95k, my clutch is good and my chains aren't making any noise. I don't drive my car super hard and I only put about 5-8k on my car a year. Should I hold off replacing my timing chain until they make noise? Should I just replace the 3 guides while I'm in there replacing the cams?

      2. At the very least I need to replace; cam oil rings, valve cover gasket and o rings, cam stretch bolts, intake gasket...anything else?

      3. How do you suggest removing the cam gear from the cam? In the photos it looks like someone just used an adjustable wrench on the cam lobes, I'm not looking to scratch the stock cams.

      4. I would assume I should use some assembly grease what do you recommend and how much is too little vs too much? Does assembly grease funk up the oil? How soon after install/lube should I change the oil?

      5. What is a good marking tool; paint, grease pen, crayon, that I can use to make my own timing marks that won't effect anything.

      6. How much time should I figure for this job? I've done this job on a 2 liter a few times, but never on a VR.

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      04-01-2012 07:23 PM #2
      3. Wrapping the lobe in a small towel before would cause no harm.

      4. You can never have even lube

      5. Any of those would work. Even some white out.
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      04-02-2012 02:58 PM #3
      Thanks. Anyone else?
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      04-02-2012 04:55 PM #4
      Yeah quit being a sissy and go do that ****.

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      04-02-2012 06:28 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by need_a_VR6 View Post
      Yeah quit being a sissy and go do that ****.

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      Good words of wisdom Paul, now come turn some wrenches and help me install!
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      04-07-2012 05:53 AM #6
      So no input as far as timing chain replacement, or at least the guides.

      Or how soon after can install I should change the oil.
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      04-07-2012 11:31 PM #7
      I have taken a few 24vs apart and up to 130k the guides still looked mint. Nothing lile the 12v ones. If you have used synth just check em while you are in there, dont plan to replace.
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      04-08-2012 10:51 AM #8
      At 96k, my guides are showing some wear. Did cams at 70k, did my spacer at 96k for my turbo setup. Ill do the chains probably this coming winter when i build the motor
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      04-10-2012 06:58 PM #9
      Thanks for the input on the chains and guides. I purchased a bentley manual and found this;


      Curious as no one mentions this hex area.
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      04-10-2012 08:09 PM #10
      My cam wrench is too big to fit so I use giant vice grips.
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      04-10-2012 08:12 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by need_a_VR6 View Post
      My cam wrench is too big to fit so I use giant vice grips.
      Sounds much better than using a wrench on a cam lobe.
      Thanks Again Paul.
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      04-10-2012 11:26 PM #12
      Yep bentley says 32mm, my tt cams 100% arent 32mm. *******s

      Also blinkin im not far at all from you, message me if you need help or have questions
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      04-11-2012 06:12 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Rmeitz167 View Post
      Also blinkin im not far at all from you, message me if you need help or have questions
      Awesome. Thanks. I think The only question I have left is about break in period. How long til I can hit higher revs?
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      04-11-2012 11:26 AM #14
      Right away, no break in on cams.
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      Awesome!
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      04-13-2012 02:40 PM #16
      Even on the schricks, there are 2 different styles with different size hex.

      Don't use vice grips. Sheesh. You can buy a large cheap crescent style adjustable wrench pretty cheap. (especially if the coo is prc)




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