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Old 05-27-2019, 09:34 PM   #1
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Can anyone provide feedback on 350 Chevy retro style hydraulic roller lifters

Curious if anyone has any recent experience with aftermarket retro style (link bar) hydraulic roller lifters for 350 Chevy.

I'm doing a stock rebuild on a 1970 350 and I'm just not up to messing around with flat tappets anymore. The risk associated with possible cam/lifter failure and the hassle of break in is pushing me to bite the bullet and spend the money to upgrade to a retro roller set up.

I'm not interested in converting to a later model vortec roller style block, so I'm curious if anyone has any firsthand experience with retro hyd roller lifters.

I've researched several forums and have spent countless hours trying to determine which brand to use. My machinist says he has had the best luck lately with Gaterman lifters. Others swear by Morel, or Comp, or Crower, or? Like anything you research, I have found negative experiences on-line for each, but if you have any firsthand experience, I'd appreciate your feedback.

From what I've read, it seems as though there are only a few manufactures actually producing hyd retro roller lifters and various companies buy them and call them their own?

I'm currently considering a Howards roller set up. Again this is a stock rebuild, so I'm not looking to spin the little thing past 5k, if ever, so I don't need a high rpm lifter... just need lifters that are quite and dependable.

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Old 05-28-2019, 02:00 PM   #2
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Re: Can anyone provide feedback on 350 Chevy retro style hydraulic roller lifters

Howards has been around a long time. Don't know who makes their lifters. I have only run Eski hyd roller cam and lifters in a big block. See if you can find (google) some info on the net of their cam and lifters.
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Re: Can anyone provide feedback on 350 Chevy retro style hydraulic roller lifters

I've had good results with Lunati roller lifters, but Howard's is good stuff too.
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Re: Can anyone provide feedback on 350 Chevy retro style hydraulic roller lifters

Just did a little search, some good reviews some not so good. Some had roller lifter problems. also somebody said not the same owners.
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Re: Can anyone provide feedback on 350 Chevy retro style hydraulic roller lifters

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I'm running Comp retro roller lifters in my BBC and have not been able to get them to be quiet. They are very noisy. Getting ready to pull them out and replace with Howards...nearly a 500 dollar mistake.

I'm not alone either according to my research!

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Re: Can anyone provide feedback on 350 Chevy retro style hydraulic roller lifters

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Howards has been around a long time. Don't know who makes their lifters. I have only run Eski hyd roller cam and lifters in a big block. See if you can find (google) some info on the net of their cam and lifters.
Thanks for the feedback on Eski.

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I've had good results with Lunati roller lifters, but Howard's is good stuff too.
Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it.

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Just did a little search, some good reviews some not so good. Some had roller lifter problems. also somebody said not the same owners.
Unfortunately, I've read that too. In fact, every hydraulic lifter has both positive and negative reviews. Seems like a roll of the dice.

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I'm running Comp retro roller lifters in my BBC and have not been able to get them to be quiet. They are very noisy. Getting ready to pull them out and replace with Howards...nearly a 500 dollar mistake.

I'm not alone either according to my research!


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That sucks. I've read a TON of reviews where guys are having the same issue as you with the Comp rollers - noisy! As big as Comp is, you'd think their product would be top notch, but reviews on their roller lifters definitely indicates there's a pretty widespread issue with the hyd roller lifters they offer.

Thanks for providing your input. I think I'll go with the Howards set up and hope for the best.
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Old 06-02-2019, 04:17 PM   #7
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Re: Can anyone provide feedback on 350 Chevy retro style hydraulic roller lifters

I read a post recently about noisy lifters (some other forum) and the likely problem encountered was not setting the preload correctly. You can’t just use the old standard of 3/4 or 1 turn like most use.
Comp cams had different settings depending on which lifters were used. Some where only 1/8 turn.
Make sure you follow the specs on whichever you choose.
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Old 06-03-2019, 02:40 PM   #8
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Re: Can anyone provide feedback on 350 Chevy retro style hydraulic roller lifters

Comps standard hyd flat flat tappets were noisy. Yea they took multiple times of adjustment to get them to quiet down, that and the correct oil.

I have heard just recently they have changed their supplier on lifters. Interesting as BBC lifters are very different from SBC lifters.

Ore maybe I am just wrongE! Ha!
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:41 AM   #9
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Re: Can anyone provide feedback on 350 Chevy retro style hydraulic roller lifters

I've got a Howard roller cam and their roller lifters. Came as a set. Don't know the source of their lifters. I do know everything works perfectly. No noise - no issues. I would buy them again on the next build.
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I've got a Howard roller cam and their roller lifters. Came as a set. Don't know the source of their lifters. I do know everything works perfectly. No noise - no issues. I would buy them again on the next build.
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Good to hear you've had success with Howards components. Thanks for the feedback Randy.
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Re: Can anyone provide feedback on 350 Chevy retro style hydraulic roller lifters

I use Lunati stuff pretty much exclusively. However I installed a set of "roller-tip" rockers offered by Summit Racing (I say offered because I have no idear who makes them) when they first hit the market and they are noisy as all get out. Sounds like i'm running a solid flat tappet cam. I am using a hydraulic flat tappet cam now. Will swap to an all Lunati Roller valve train in the future.

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Re: Can anyone provide feedback on 350 Chevy retro style hydraulic roller lifters

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I read a post recently about noisy lifters (some other forum) and the likely problem encountered was not setting the preload correctly. You canít just use the old standard of 3/4 or 1 turn like most use.
Comp cams had different settings depending on which lifters were used. Some where only 1/8 turn.
Make sure you follow the specs on whichever you choose.
Yes indeed, I just installed comp race lifters and it simply states ZERO to 3 thou preload, turn no more than 1/8th turn after zero lash is accomplished.
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Re: Can anyone provide feedback on 350 Chevy retro style hydraulic roller lifters

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At 1/2 turn past zero lash with comp 854-16, my roller rockers were far too loose to be reliable or quiet. That is after a few hundred miles, the rockers could basically be turned sideways off the valve tip immediately after engine shutdown without loosening the retaining nut.

Better at 3/4.

Much better at 1 turn beyond zero lash.

No change in the noise throughout the changes in adjustment on the preload over time.

1/8 of a turn simply would not fly with this setup.

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