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Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 10:23 pm 
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Since good old ford want $5 a shim, im looking at the idea of using washers, which I hear also works fine assuming you find something a suitable size and hardness, and thats just my problem. I cant.
Is anyone who has used them able to tell me where they got them. Ive tried the major hardware stores and specialist nut and bolt shops so far.

 

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Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 10:44 pm 
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$5? they only cost me $3 a shim for my EL... :(

 

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Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 12:50 am 
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I'd pay the extra at Ford just to make sure there the exact right size. Minecost me $43.00 all up. Shop around at different Ford dealers/spare parts, there prices seem to vary!

 

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Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 1:05 am 
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Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 1:34 am 
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washers are fine. Make sure they are hardened and you wont have any probelms at all. $5 baught enough to do 3 cars.

 

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Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 1:40 am 
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i paid $25 for 13 shims

 

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Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 1:22 pm 
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To make matters worse no Ford dealers have any shims on the coast, and the reason is because their supplier doesnt have any shims either.

The closest washers I can find are 10mmx2mm with the shims being (11x2)

Useable?

 

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Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 1:25 pm 
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Washers are fine. Its what JMM and IT's performance use!

 

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Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 2:44 pm 
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Go to a serve yourself wreckers and pocket a s**t from the s**t lying around in cars and on the ground.

Get the best shims for free. :D
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Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:15 pm 
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HA HA HA Redneck mechanix, using washers for shims,

What next take an angle grinder to the cam lobes for a new profile, puts a whole new meaning to lumpy cam.

 

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opto wrote:
HA HA HA Redneck mechanix, using washers for shims,


Bud, if the washers can be garenteed to be the right size no reason not to use them. When I did mine I particually went with the shims as I had no idea what they were to be honest or what sizing and I didn't wanna stuff around.

 

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Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 12:44 am 
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When JMM, ITS and a dozen other people all report it works no problems. AND they cost $5 each AND no one has any stock I think its a fair choice.

 

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Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2005 1:38 am 
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opto wrote:
HA HA HA Redneck mechanix, using washers for shims,

What next take an angle grinder to the cam lobes for a new profile, puts a whole new meaning to lumpy cam.


i saw a mates dad rip out the cam from his s**t box car and reground it on the bench grinder. he put it all back together and he reckons it ran better ...............................................for 3 days till the thing shat itself

 

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Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2005 2:12 pm 
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Well I got myself some shims after all. Not through ford though, I ended up buying the rocker assembly of another EF from the wreckers for $50 (still cheaper than from ford).

It came in more handy than I imagined because some of my lifters were rooted and on top of that for reasons I cant quite figure out when I first cranked the engine over after putting the cam in, a rocker arm cracked! It was all seated right and triple checked..
My guess it had a weakness in it and I gave it a bump without realising while I was putting the shims in. Cheapo cast alloy is pretty brittle so be careful with em.
So a spare rocker arm went on and its all good and goes hard.. I highly recommend the wade 1604 grind for cars without a lot of work.

 

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