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post #31 of (permalink) Old 07-16-2019, 03:21 PM
GT350HR
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The "true" rocker ratio on stock cast iron rockers is all over the place. Back when I was limited to running those , I made a fixture to check which ones gave the most lift . Some were as high as 1.62 ratio but most were in the 1.55-1.58 range. Stephen is right in that pushrod length itself does not give more lift. It's more like the wrong length ( and attending poor geometry) LOSES lift. In other words if you have a cam with a .305 lobe lift and a true 1.6 rocker ratio with "perfect geometry" and zero lash , you would get .488 lift at the valve retainer. IF you get less than that at the retainer , the rocker ratio is off or the geometry isn't right. Obviously valve lash changes every thing as far as actual lift at the retainer.
Randy

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