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Set up my dial indicator on the front of the block. Thrust plate is installed. Gear gear is installed. Cam bolt is torqued. Dial indicator is as straight (parallel with cam) as I could get it. First, I pushed the cam as far back as it would go, and zeroed the indicator.
From zero, here is the measurement with me still putting pressure on the cam, just shy of .004":
As I let off, the measurement is .002":
Does this look correct, or am I measuring this wrong? I couldn't wiggle the cam back and forth by hand like I could with the crank. I measured my thrust plate to be .250~.0251", so I did sand it down to .248~.250"
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I'd have to contact Ed @ FTI and see, although I'm sure he'll point me in the .004-.008 range. I'm waiting on an email back from him regarding cam retarding. I have .002, not sure if that is ideal with a torrington bearing
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