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Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons Yesterday, 11:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 252
Posted By Russell James
I looked at the parts catalog for a '13. The...

I looked at the parts catalog for a '13. The left converter part # is for '10-'13. The right (passenger) shows for '11-'13.

So I'd bet your '13 right is not fitting a '10 right.

In the...
Forum: Camaro Z/28 Forum - Z/28 Specific Topics 09-17-2019, 02:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 478
Posted By Russell James
Warranty repair shows 16 lifters replaced/head...

Warranty repair shows 16 lifters replaced/head gaskets/bolts. No head work.
Forum: Camaro Z/28 Forum - Z/28 Specific Topics 09-10-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By Russell James
Cams fracture pretty easy with sharp blows. ...

Cams fracture pretty easy with sharp blows. Might be able to get a big punch in there are break the cam up. If you can get the cam pieces out, shove the stuck lifters out the bottom. I got lucky...
Forum: Garage / Tools Discussions 09-10-2019, 02:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 219
Posted By Russell James
The Comp tool is accurate. Ball end PRs are...

The Comp tool is accurate.

Ball end PRs are not measured tip to tip. It is measured at a mid point in the ball end radius. Basically, half the rounded tip is not included in the PR stated length....
Forum: Camaro ZL1 Forum - ZL1 Specific Topics 09-04-2019, 02:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 557
Posted By Russell James
Sometimes pad material can build up and look like...

Sometimes pad material can build up and look like cracks. Unless the rotors were cooked to red glowing hot, or have beauty holes in them. I've seen plenty of cracks around the holed rotors, but...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 08-14-2019, 02:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 258
Posted By Russell James
I would check your sweep pattern and lifter...

I would check your sweep pattern and lifter preload. If it's tearing up the rocker tip something is not ideal. If good pattern and preload, it's just the lift is too much for that rocker tip and...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 08-14-2019, 01:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 414
Posted By Russell James
Bungee cord your steering wheel to the brake...

Bungee cord your steering wheel to the brake pedal so it won't spin. Can rip apart the airbag/horn wiring if it spins.

On the joint, drive a small chisel in there and leave it there. You just...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 08-13-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 258
Posted By Russell James
Like most the other valve train parts...assembly...

Like most the other valve train parts...assembly lube. Oil in a pinch if no assembly lube on hand. But oil runs off, assembly lube will stick there for quite a while until the engine is ready for...
Forum: Off-topic Discussions 08-13-2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,337
Posted By Russell James
Spring Mountain, Grand Canyon, LS Fest West.... I...

Spring Mountain, Grand Canyon, LS Fest West.... I can find some fun stuff out there. But the fake ass shit show that is Vegas, I have zero interest in.

My idea of a vacation is a real beach,...
Forum: Camaro ZL1 Forum - ZL1 Specific Topics 08-13-2019, 09:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 351
Posted By Russell James
All LS OE non active lifters are the same....

All LS OE non active lifters are the same. LS3,7,A... all the same part number.

Katech has a real good video on youtube for choosing PR length on LS engines. They shoot for .070" preload on...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 08-13-2019, 08:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 773
Posted By Russell James
The Johnson 2110s and new GM trays is a great...

The Johnson 2110s and new GM trays is a great approach for affordable street performance.

Slow leak down is just everything in the lifter is blueprint perfected with precision clearances, small...
Forum: Camaro Z/28 Forum - Z/28 Specific Topics 08-07-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 8,050
Posted By Russell James
The only way to measure valve stem to guide...

The only way to measure valve stem to guide clearance is disassemble, mic stem and guide in 3 places then do the subtraction.

Having the valve in the head is like asking how much a teeter totter...
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 08-07-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 325
Posted By Russell James
Do about 10 slow figure 8s in a parking lot. It...

Do about 10 slow figure 8s in a parking lot. It helps get that additive into the clutch surfaces. That amount is fine, many put a little extra in to make it last a bit longer. The additive wears...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 08-06-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 773
Posted By Russell James
You can't have... I want the best... but cheap. ...

You can't have... I want the best... but cheap.

If you want an upgrade, call Johnson and ask for the COPO std travel drop ins. There is a reason they are used in the COPO motors. No they are...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 08-05-2019, 01:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 854
Posted By Russell James
One batch? That's funny :bellyroll:

One batch? That's funny :bellyroll:
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 08-05-2019, 12:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 876
Posted By Russell James
For an oil recommendation, I'd post your mods. ...

For an oil recommendation, I'd post your mods. Bearing material, bearing clearance, lifters, cam, valves springs... climate, intended use.... all kinds of stuff play a role. All stock, just open...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 08-05-2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 854
Posted By Russell James
Take it to Ted at JRE, tell him your exact...

Take it to Ted at JRE, tell him your exact expectations.

Pay a little extra to get a better cam core, such as a Callies 8620 or an 8660. The ones you see wipe out a lobe are often the cheaper 5150...
Forum: Garage / Tools Discussions 08-05-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,914
Posted By Russell James
My two cents... Chinese trailer tires are...

My two cents...

Chinese trailer tires are garbage, and will leave you stranded on long trips. One of the first things to do is throw out those trailer tires and get some US made ones. I've put...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 07-30-2019, 09:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 575
Posted By Russell James
Yeah but not practical. A good tuner tunes for...

Yeah but not practical. A good tuner tunes for the fuel available. I'd take it back to the tuner with the 91 in the tank. Set the tables to perform best on that. Which is going to a struggle with...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 07-29-2019, 10:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 598
Posted By Russell James
When all stock, the OE calibration has all kinds...

When all stock, the OE calibration has all kinds of cat protection built into it. When modding, all that protection is out the window.

If a cat starts to melt over and plug up, that pressure...
Forum: 2019 Camaro Fest (IX) 07-29-2019, 07:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By Russell James
I doubt you would see 85% anywhere, unless they...

I doubt you would see 85% anywhere, unless they blended it wrong.

87 octane gas is blended in at 15 to 30%, depending on weather. There are also other additives. So, if they went with a summer...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 07-23-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,839
Posted By Russell James
Strange seal design and recipe for leak. The OE...

Strange seal design and recipe for leak. The OE manifold just uses a reusable rectangular seal only around the port.

In those ports you can see over-torque has distorted the seal going around...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 07-20-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,839
Posted By Russell James
There are a lot of tricks to making rod bearings...

There are a lot of tricks to making rod bearings live.

The higher you go up in performance and RPM, the less you want to use an OE strategy of tight aluminum bearings, OE rod bolts... Spin it...
Forum: Camaro ZL1 Forum - ZL1 Specific Topics 07-17-2019, 12:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,422
Posted By Russell James
The glitter is caused by the oil filter running...

The glitter is caused by the oil filter running in bypass mode a lot. What weight oil are you using? What oil filter?

In my drag car with a old school BBC, I use to see tons of glitter in the oil....
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 05-29-2019, 02:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 468
Posted By Russell James
Maybe real cheap on CL. So many people putting...

Maybe real cheap on CL. So many people putting junkyard LS motors together on a shoestring budget, maybe someone will trade a couple cases of beer for them for a mud bogger or derby car. If you put...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 04-16-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 722
Posted By Russell James
Did you inspect the original pump taken off and...

Did you inspect the original pump taken off and determine that was the actual cause of losing oil pressure?

There can be other causes to no oil pressure other than the pump. Often, inspecting...
Forum: Camaro 1LE Forum 04-11-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 569
Posted By Russell James
For a non AFM, non piston oil squirter engine,...

For a non AFM, non piston oil squirter engine, modded for more power and valve spring pressure - I would use a high pressure pump.

When the engine has some feature that needs higher oil olume...
Forum: ZL1 Discussions 04-09-2019, 08:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 425
Posted By Russell James
Did they replace the control arm bolt? If not,...

Did they replace the control arm bolt? If not, that is a clue they have no idea what they are doing and did not open the service manual.

That bolt is the eccentric to turn...but is TTY single use...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 04-08-2019, 07:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,282
Posted By Russell James
Sell the free Harley oil on Craig's list. You...

Sell the free Harley oil on Craig's list. You could use 10w30 in the summer, but I wouldn't go thicker.
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 03-27-2019, 09:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 385
Posted By Russell James
Texas Speed carries that part number, I'd give...

Texas Speed carries that part number, I'd give them a call and see if they are intended for stock bore. They are forged, so maybe the additional clearance is intended. Or could call Wiseco.
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