Originally Posted by snowborder714
By "bottom pad" do you mean the part of the arm that is pushed up by the tensioner pin?
And did you use 2.0 or 2.4 cam gears?
You're right, that is exactly what i was referring to.
I used Fidanza Adjustable gears, with both gears advanced 3.5 degrees to line them up. I did use a degree wheel to confirm valve timing vs the crank (Based on 2.0 valve timing) and the BC 280s were dead on w/ the recommended 3.5 degrees advance on both.
On a side note:
When I make it to the Dyno I will adjust the gears a bit to pull some more power from the engine. Last trip to the dyno on my 2.0 w/ Fidanzas I made an additional 15 AWHP and 8 FT/LB tq with cam gear adjustment alone. For reference those adjustments were 3 degrees retarded (from true zero) on the exhaust gear, and 1 degree advance(from true zero) on the intake gear.
If you're running aftermarket cams you need to be certain to degree them with a degree wheel before you start making adjustments, You may very well have a piston meet a valve if the cams are ground wrong. I own a set of 280's that are 3 degrees off out of the box.