Cam Bearing Tool with Bore Extender Assembly and Demo
Install Cam Bearing Straight and Centered on the First Try
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Today I’m going to be talking about LS Cam Bearing Install Tool Kit. This is our pro version which includes the cam bearing install tool as well as our cam bearing bore extender, which helps out on that last cam bearing.
First, I’m going to show you how to assemble the cam bearing bore extender and then I’ll show you how this thing works.
So, the cam bearing bore extender comes disassembled for ease of shipping but it’s very easy to put together. All you’ll need is a crescent wrench and hammer.
Our inner and outer plates are laser etched with [the word] “IN” so we know those are going to face inward. Our flanges on our pieces that go in between the front and back plate are going to be facing out, and the G Force logo is going to be readable from the outside.
We’re going to slide these in here. And, all three of these plates, the larger ones, are the same. So as long as we have our flanges facing outward, they are good. It’s pretty tight tolerances on these slots so it might take you a couple of tries to line them up.
Next, we’re going to take our crescent wrench, and we’re going to start bending these [tabs] over. We’re going to bend them outward. Just get them started. Then we’re going to take our hammer, and we’re going to pound these over. Ideally, you’re going to be doing this on a workbench.
Alright. So, once we have all of the one side assembled, we’re going to that other plate and make sure it says “IN” going inside, and we’re going to make sure that the “IN” lines up the “IN” on the other side. Bend the tabs outward [and hammer them in].
Now that the cam bore extender is assembled, I can show you how these two are used together.
Okay, so I’m going to explain our cam bearing install tool as well as our cam bearing bore extender. If you’ve never done cam bearings, this might look a little foreign to you, but essentially…and I’m going to show you on one of our Mock Up Blocks just for illustration purposes.
But an LS block has 5 cam bores throughout the length of the block. And, sometimes, your cam bearings do go bad, so you need to change them. The way to do that is you have to pound the old ones out, and then you have to pound the new ones in. But if you don’t have a good way to center those bearings when you’re pounding them in, they can go in crooked. So that’s where this tool comes in handy.
This tool has a very long shaft that goes the whole length of the engine, and it has a cone on it here that’s used for centering. So, what you do to install the rearward bearings is that you would stick this through the front and then use this cone on the frontmost cam bearing bore and it centers everything so that you can pound your furthest cam bearings in.
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