how do i set my lifters on a 86 302 roller ho 1.6

Asked by Jun 24, 2013 at 10:02 PM about the 1986 Ford Mustang GT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i bought this motor and the heads was off and apart i had to put the push rods and all that on the heads but u have to set the lifters i dont no what to set it at

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Do you mean 'adjusting' the valves? If so, the stock 302 has hydraulic roller tappets that you don't have to adjust. Just torque the rocker arms to the proper spec. Is that what you mean? Or did I misunderstand your question when you ay 'set' the lifters....?

and what is ho 1.6?


Just google how to set valve lash on 5.0 ford. But if what David says is true, setting lash isnt required. I wouldnt know. Im a Chevy fan. Either way, "setting lifters" just doesnt exist.

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I've been a Ford Technician since 1987, torque 'em down and slap the covers on! I'd be sure to use a good Assembly lube but no, there are no adjustments. You can rotate the motor so each rocker you torque is at the base of it's lobe - that's best practice but it won't kill anything if you don't. Yeah, was ho1.6?

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