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Offline guesscrazy

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Best adjustable pushrods
« on: Saturday, October 01, 2011. 02:00:43 PM. »
Who make the best adjustable pushrods?Aluminium or steel?opinions please features and benefits
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« Reply #1 on: Saturday, October 01, 2011. 02:48:19 PM. »
I like the SE-quick install adjustable push rods.  they seem to hold up really good. (steel)  :up:

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« Reply #2 on: Saturday, October 01, 2011. 03:23:52 PM. »
I like the SE-quick install adjustable push rods.  they seem to hold up really good. (steel)  :up:
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Re: Best adjustable pushrods
« Reply #3 on: Saturday, October 01, 2011. 04:08:46 PM. »
Smith Bros. are very good. Can be had in 4130 chromoly, or 2024 T-3 aluminum.
SE's work  good too. I've had mine for 64,000 miles. I don't think Smith had 'em for HD's in 2004 when I installed the SE's. 
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« Reply #4 on: Saturday, October 01, 2011. 05:40:46 PM. »
i agree with max   ive cracked many s.e. locking nuts.  i m using s&s now  but going to smith bros  maybe even a non adj from them  this winter when i redo my rockers
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Re: Best adjustable pushrods
« Reply #5 on: Saturday, October 01, 2011. 07:16:56 PM. »
What do you think about Baisleys pushrods?
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Re: Best adjustable pushrods
« Reply #6 on: Saturday, October 01, 2011. 07:33:46 PM. »
My SE adjustables are fine. One of the adjusting screws on an Andrews broke.
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Re: Best adjustable pushrods
« Reply #7 on: Sunday, October 02, 2011. 02:22:20 AM. »
What do you think about Baisleys pushrods?
They are Smith's. Also have to go in from the top.

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« Reply #8 on: Sunday, October 02, 2011. 05:17:57 AM. »
Had my SE adjustables in now for about 70K, and they have come out a couple of times for cam/tensioner service. holding up fine, BUT, they are the older, non-tapered type, which never had any nut-crackin' reputation AFAIK.  I believe they are still available, PN 17997-99A

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« Reply #9 on: Sunday, October 02, 2011. 05:47:44 AM. »
I have heard of the "nut cracking" on the SE tapered pushrods . I have installed many sets with no issues, and I have had them in and out of my build many times so far so good.
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Re: Best adjustable pushrods
« Reply #10 on: Sunday, October 02, 2011. 06:08:31 AM. »
Fact is they just have to be rigid and not hit in the tube at top. In my opinion there are many good ones but they are all steel. I use Smiths with all high lift stuff but had no issues with the -99 or the -08 Se rods either. I just didn't over tighten the nuts. On the new tapers, the -08, the nuts are thin and brittle. Poorboy makes new nuts for them. If I was going to make nuts that would be out of 304 not hardened steel.
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Re: Best adjustable pushrods
« Reply #11 on: Sunday, October 02, 2011. 06:11:12 AM. »
Who make the best adjustable pushrods?Aluminium or steel?opinions please features and benefits

Define adjustable and best. Your question is too vague, not well enough defined.

By adjustable do you mean simply being able to adjust their length, or do you mean with allot of adjustment like the 'easy install' types that some are referring to?

Best for my application might not be the best for your application, i.e. simply cam change vs an all out high lift, rich rpm race bike.
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Re: Best adjustable pushrods
« Reply #12 on: Sunday, October 02, 2011. 11:43:07 AM. »
Smith Bros.  :up:  :up:

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Re: Best adjustable pushrods
« Reply #13 on: Sunday, October 02, 2011. 12:26:15 PM. »
Who make the best adjustable pushrods?Aluminium or steel?opinions please features and benefits

Define adjustable and best. Your question is too vague, not well enough defined.

By adjustable do you mean simply being able to adjust their length, or do you mean with allot of adjustment like the 'easy install' types that some are referring to?

Best for my application might not be the best for your application, i.e. simply cam change vs an all out high lift, rich rpm race bike.
Simple cam change on a mild street build.Ok if tank has to come off.
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Re: Best adjustable pushrods
« Reply #14 on: Sunday, October 02, 2011. 02:17:28 PM. »
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Re: Best adjustable pushrods
« Reply #15 on: Sunday, October 02, 2011. 03:31:45 PM. »
I've had no issues with whatever HQ sells in their kits. I have the easy installs and will continue with them on my 120.
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Re: Best adjustable pushrods
« Reply #16 on: Sunday, October 02, 2011. 05:30:41 PM. »
Who make the best adjustable pushrods?Aluminium or steel?opinions please features and benefits

Define adjustable and best. Your question is too vague, not well enough defined.

By adjustable do you mean simply being able to adjust their length, or do you mean with allot of adjustment like the 'easy install' types that some are referring to?

Best for my application might not be the best for your application, i.e. simply cam change vs an all out high lift, rich rpm race bike.
Simple cam change on a mild street build.Ok if tank has to come off.
Use the stock pushrods if the base circle of the cam is stock size

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Re: Best adjustable pushrods
« Reply #17 on: Monday, October 03, 2011. 05:33:11 AM. »
who makes gmr performance pushrods and what do you think of them?
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Re: Best adjustable pushrods
« Reply #18 on: Monday, October 03, 2011. 06:09:56 AM. »
Smith Bros. top notch.

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Re: Best adjustable pushrods
« Reply #19 on: Monday, October 03, 2011. 06:12:33 AM. »
Agree with Dewey ... why not just go with stock pushrods ...?  I went with SE perfect fit pushrods when I installed my heads ... forget the specs, but they're a tad shorter than the stock ....

No adjustable = no problem with nuts ....  when I was considering adjustable P/Rs one tech I spoke with about the SE nut problem said the issue had been identified and corrected ...

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Re: Best adjustable pushrods
« Reply #20 on: Monday, October 03, 2011. 12:22:38 PM. »
Smith makes them for us. They are 3/8 straight  vs the 7/16 straight or tapers like the others that they make for other companys. 

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Re: Best adjustable pushrods
« Reply #21 on: Monday, October 03, 2011. 01:35:15 PM. »
What is the wall thickness of a stock pushrod? I was wondering how much flex they might have.

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« Reply #22 on: Monday, October 03, 2011. 01:54:24 PM. »
We use the Smiths 7/16" with the heavier valve spring heads and they have .120 wall. The others 3/8" would act like a pole vault in those applications. Plus with corrected geometry the pushrod arc is centered in the tube so rubbing is not a worry. Smiths will make the 3/8" rods adjustable but they do not have the same rigidity.
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Re: Best adjustable pushrods
« Reply #23 on: Monday, October 03, 2011. 02:13:08 PM. »
Well they are rated per SB for 700 lbs, we also have a thicker wall that is rated for over 700. 

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Re: Best adjustable pushrods
« Reply #24 on: Monday, October 03, 2011. 03:42:47 PM. »
Rated??
What does that mean, they won't break?
How about flex?
They are maximum of .083 wall 3/8" rods. In their words well suited to lower valve spring pressures. All of the 7/16" stuff starts at .090 wall and moves up fro there.
It's no biggee Steve I am sure the pushrods are fine for what they were sold, the application.