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Old 12-26-2009, 04:11 PM
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Timing Rails Passenger side

The timing rails were clearly improved over the older rails in quality and also longer. It also included a new oil spray nozzle that was longer that the previous. However these length differences created all kinds of space issues for me.



This side was just a pain in the rear. I'll try to describe this so it makes sense. But it is just difficult! Unlike the driver side. These the bolts for the slide rails reside between the engine block and the slide rail. So that leaves you about 2 inches of space. Furthermore you will have limited ability to maneuver the rails laterally because they are blocked by the cylinderhead and head gasket that is sticking precariously out.

It almost seems the cylinder head has to be removed to to this procedure or the chains off completely

My solution to this was to break out the old slide rails. When trying to install the new slide rails I had issues with chain tension preventing the rails from being installed as the bolt between the engine was pushing outwards to much that it would have broken chains.

My solution was to cut the bolts leaving a minimum of 5 threads.

This left me just enough space to squeeze the slide rails into posistion and secure the bolts back into the engine using a wrench that I had cut off at the head so I could fit it in there.

I lost the timing during this mess. I have a friend who thinks he can time it. I'll know tomorrow when we give it a go. Otherwise I'll use the timing kit. But the procedure doesn't seem to difficult.

Lost a lot of days on this. But Glad I found it versus having my timing chain explode in the engine 400 miles from home.
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Last edited by wilson009; 12-26-2009 at 04:17 PM.
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