Lightening Airhead Lifters

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by DeutschMark, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. DeutschMark

    DeutschMark Full Tilt Boogie

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    Has anybody lightened airhead lifters with any success? The old Dr. Curve article mentioned elongating the oval hole on the lifter.

    If anyone has done this, how much weight is safe to remove?

    Thanks.
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  2. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    every little bit helps, I guess.

    No idea.
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  3. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    Never thought of it. I wonder about using titanium? Would there be a metalurgical problem between them and the cam?
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  4. skrub

    skrub Been here awhile

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    I once aponatime owned one of the Butler&Smith short rod factory race engines. It did not have the utra trick lifters. I have heard thay where titanium and had to be welded in a vacuum chamber. :huh Some one once made a lifter with a ti button on the top to prevent the push rod from pushing through because of the high spring rates used on the hugh cams. I had an idea to use a R65 lifter its a cup the push rod rides in the bottom. Then the side can be drilled or slotted with no fear of damage. The push rods then need to be longer, Jegs sells a kit ala cut to fit for a hemi eng.
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  5. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    Seems like you would only lose a couple of grams....pass on breakfast and take a good dump and you'll likely lose more.......:lol3
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  6. BrianK

    BrianK F'in' half ass lookie boy

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    Yeah, but that's not reciprocating weight.... at least, I HOPE NOT!
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  7. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    :poser
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  8. Boxer Metal

    Boxer Metal Mad Scientist

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    I have built a lot of airhead race motors in the past 25 years and this is an area I would not tuch on a street bike. If you ever rev the motor you will crack a lifter and on the street you will never notice the added performance. If your looking for cheap reliable horse power in a Boxer you can do 2 things.

    up the compression and port match the heads.
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  9. Rob Farmer

    Rob Farmer Long timer

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    Siebenrock have light weight cam followers, Valves and pushrods. Not cheap though.
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  10. Beemerboff

    Beemerboff Long timer

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    The real problem is that the lifters dont get a straight push at the rods , so for a top race engine you want to be welding up the holes and re machining them so that they do- said to be worth 500 revs by those that should know.
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  11. DeutschMark

    DeutschMark Full Tilt Boogie

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    I've already got the compression part covered. I've got a set of late 9.5 pistons and I'm going to dual plug, so I'll bump it a little more. I also have a Scheffer/Edelweiss asmmetrical cam ordered and already have some Mikuni carbs. This should be a peppy airhead! :clapWhen the heads are done I'll have the machinist use 44mm intake valves.

    As far as the port matching goes, I pulled the heads and planned to do a little smoothing and casting flash removal, but there doesn't seem like there is much to remove. The intakes are clean, with only a little casting flash. There is a small hump on the bottom of both intake ports that could be smoothed over and a booger size piece of flash on the short radius of one intake. Is this what you are referring to?

    On the exhaust side, there is a small step outward all of the way around the area where the head transitions to the spigot. Are there any gains to be had by removing this?
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  12. RecycledRS

    RecycledRS Along for the ride

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    The ridge meets flush with the exhaust pipe. Any smoothing you do should be done with a small length of exhaust tubing in place to match up to first.
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  13. Boxer Metal

    Boxer Metal Mad Scientist

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    What year and size motor is this? What are the heads off of?
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  14. DeutschMark

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    1989 1000cc with original heads.
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