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Old 07-03-2013, 02:49 PM   #1
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JRE 480 = Christmas in July *Video Added*

I've got a nice weekend of wrenching planned. Stay tuned for updates.

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Old 07-03-2013, 03:04 PM   #2
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Gonna be a great weekend, I'll bring the Christmas cookies
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:18 PM   #3
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..and I'll eat 'em!
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:25 PM   #4
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:05 PM   #5
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:14 PM   #6
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..and I'll eat 'em!
and I'll bring some coffee milk
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:16 PM   #7
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LMAO. Will you also hold the light for me? My 12 y/o hates that job.
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:23 AM   #10
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:46 AM   #11
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I love Christmas in July looks like a fun weekend
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:19 AM   #12
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Sounds like a fun weekend. Hope you have enough beer on hand to complete the job.
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Sounds like a fun weekend. Hope you have enough beer on hand to complete the job.
Not too much...I want to make sure it's right!
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:31 AM   #14
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Finally Finished **Video**

I gotta say, this cam install kicked my ass. Anything that could fight me, did fight me. Add to humid 90*+ temps, to put it mildly...it sucked. But, the job is done, and I need to get some datalogging done to get the tune dialed in. The juice was worth the squeeze.

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Old 07-08-2013, 08:35 AM   #15
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:40 AM   #16
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:25 PM   #17
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Cam Install Observations

Obviously Robertway's DIY how-to was a huge help with my install. I did do a few things a little differently than he did, and for specific reasons. Overall, the steps he outlines are pretty straightforward.

I bought the following special tools for the job:
  1. Comp Cams dual valve spring compressor
  2. Comp Cams pushrod length checker
  3. OEM Chrysler balancer puller
  4. GM/SPX timing cover alignment tool
All told, I spent a total of $300 on these tools. Well worth it.


Observations: the valve spring compressor performance was a little disappointing. It worked great for removing the stock springs, but installing the new springs was a task. Why? The tool tends to "arc" the springs when compressing, and wants to push the keepers out when unloading the springs. I had to do a bit of prying on the tool to overcome the issue.


The OEM Chrysler puller worked flawlessly.


99% of the people on this forum will tell you that the timing cover alignment tool is not necessary. I'm OCD, so that wasn't good enough for me. The tool worked great.


On the LS3, robertway mentioned that he disconnected the transmission cooler lines at the fittings on the radiator. You will lose virtually no transmission fluid from the radiator if you disconnect them from the tubes instead. In fact, GM was kind enough to provide a spot on the fan shroud to clip these lines into when removing/installing the radiator.


I started my project with the rockers and pushrods. I did this to eliminate any lifter bleed-down caused while rotating the crankshaft during various phases of the project. So, I removed the rockers, pushrods and spark plugs first.


My new Melling oil pump was not installer-friendly. No matter what I did, the small ridge around the inside of the back of the pump did not want to clear the crank sprocket. The pickup tube was holding it back just enough to where it wouldn't go. My solution involved putting a long 3/8" extension down the tube, and pulling it toward the pump. Only then would the pump go on.


I also had some issues with the pickup tube o-ring seating into the pump. Since I already had the new pump apart to use the shim method of installing, I was able to use channel locks to gently squeeze the tube into the pump. That worked well.


The AC belt seemed like it would never get back on the pulley. Rolling it over per robertway, it seemed like it would never stretch over the pulleys. After several unsuccessful attempts, it actually went on.


All that's left is the final tune. The JRE 480 package is recommended with steeper gears, but I still have the factory 3.45. It really isn't bad above 1500 RPM, but will take some getting used to around town. I am planning to install 3.91 gears at some point, but I've exhausted my mods budget and it will have to wait.


I'm very happy with the "hard" idle that really thumps. It's been quite some time since I've owned a cammed car with LT headers. It's amazing how much deeper the exhaust note is with the cam change. It got LOUD. I love it, and recommend it.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:07 AM   #18
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Awesome strych9! Thanks for the notes too. I always wondered why he didn't unload the valvetrain before all the manual crank spinning. That's what I plan on doing when my time comes too. I think I saw that timing cover alignment tool on one of the gearhead shows the other week. I was considering adding that to my list as well.

Great success!
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:22 AM   #19
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Sounds Great strych!!
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:22 PM   #20
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Sounds real good!!!
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Awesome job man!! I wish i could get some time off work so i can finally do my install also! Again great job and it sounds bad ass!
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:12 AM   #22
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:58 AM   #23
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:08 PM   #24
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I gotta say, this cam install kicked my ass. Anything that could fight me, did fight me. Add to humid 90*+ temps, to put it mildly...it sucked. But, the job is done, and I need to get some datalogging done to get the tune dialed in. The juice was worth the squeeze.

Cool Vid, thanks for sharing.

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