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Attach an angel /degrees disc to the crank shaft. fix a dial indicator to the inlet rocker. turn the crank until the rocker just starts to move. set the plate to read 0 degrees turn the crank until the dial indicator now moves back down. When it has stopped moving read the number of degrees that the crank has turned. repeat the operation for the exhaust rocker. the two readings will give you what size the cam is. of course if the cam is out in your hand the size will be stamped in the end of it.

Posted on Nov 16, 2014

  • SbcJoe Nov 17, 2014

    I have two and they are both in my hand what numbers am I looking for

  • Bill Boyd Nov 17, 2014

    go on the web and type in camshaft identification and there are pages that will help you identify the cams



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