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Setting the cam on a 86' suzuki savage. Before replacing chain

The crank is T.D.C. but I dont know what to look for on the cam to line it up.

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Thinking back 23 years sorta hurts my head. But if I recall correctly, one side of the gear has two short horizontal lines on it. These lines need to be parallel to the head gasket surface. Be sure the cam lobes are pointing down. If not two lines, there should be a single mark, usually a "O". This mark lines up with the center of the cam and the center of the crankshaft.

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