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Old 04-06-2019, 03:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I took the heads from my VR-4 into a shop to get leveled and planed. The shop informed me they're warped and bowed, and it'll cost me $630 to level and plane them, before even testing the valves. Should I just buy used heads, and have them tested? What's the most cost effective option available to me? Thanks!
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Yeah, if they're bananas, the cam journals won't be straight anymore. They'll have to be bent back straight, resurfaced, and depending on how good a job they do straightening, possibly line honed... They'd be scrap metal to me. I'd just go drag another set off the shelf and save myself the headache.
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Yeah, if they're bananas, the cam journals won't be straight anymore. They'll have to be bent back straight, resurfaced, and depending on how good a job they do straightening, possibly line honed... They'd be scrap metal to me. I'd just go drag another set off the shelf and save myself the headache.
That's what I was afraid of. Do I need to get the new heads planed or anything? Or is it safe to just swap them?
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That's what I was afraid of. Do I need to get the new heads planed or anything? Or is it safe to just swap them?
Have them checked... If they're flat, and have no deterioration on the surface, you'll be fine. Most need to be touched up. Just make sure whoever does it can cut a near mirror finish that's an acceptable RA to the MLS gasket.
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$650 is ALOT in labor for just milling.

I had mine milled, new valve guides, seats, cut for 1mm Iconel and Stainless/Nitrate oversized valves with titanium retainers and high rev springs,, re-assembled, shimmed, etc. for about that much, and it was all done at some of the best quality I have ever seen.
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$650 is ALOT in labor for just milling.

I had mine milled, new valve guides, seats, cut for 1mm Iconel and Stainless/Nitrate oversized valves with titanium retainers and high rev springs,, re-assembled, shimmed, etc. for about that much, and it was all done at some of the best quality I have ever seen.
That’s because they need straightened first.
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