Hydraulic Lifter Brand

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Hydraulic Lifter Brand

Post #1 by old28racer » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:26 pm

Getting ready to buy a set of Hydraulic Lifters for my mildly wormed over 300 build with a RV cam, 903 springs & BBC 1.7 roller rockers.

Any preference between Seal Power, TRW, Melling?
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Re: Hydraulic Lifter Brand

Post #2 by MechRick » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:51 pm

It's usually best to match the lifter manufacturer with the cam manufacturer. In the event you wipe out a lobe during break in, it can keep the cam manufacturer from pointing a finger at the lifter manufacturer.

Having said that, I ran Melling lifters on a Melling cam, and Comp lifters on a Comp cam with no issues.
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Re: Hydraulic Lifter Brand

Post #3 by Fordman75 » Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:56 pm

You should be good with Melling, Sealed Power, etc. The only lifters I avoid are Crower. I like their cams and roller rockers but don't run their lifters.
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Re: Hydraulic Lifter Brand

Post #4 by old28racer » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:13 pm

MechRick -- Glad you have had good luck with Melling & Comp Cam. After 45+ years of drag racing I am not a fan of Comp Cam.

Fordman75 -- Thanks Ted for the reply and I think I can get Melling or Seal Power from Sumitt. I ran Crower Stack injectors on my 405" BBC motor in my front engine dragster, love their injectors but I stayed with a full Isky valve train.
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Re: Hydraulic Lifter Brand

Post #5 by jason832 » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:23 pm

I've used a few sets of comp lifters on comp cams, however not more than a year or two on each set before switching. They all broke in fine on shell diesel oil without any issues.

I also ran a temporary high milage 200$ engine while building a nice one, and it developed a tick. I installed a set of summit brand ones and they worked flawless on the stock cam. I have bought probably 15 summit brand products over the last few years and the every one has been exceptional quality. From my understanding they source their parts from reputable companies and sell it as their own brand products. I wouldn't hesitate to use summit lifters again. I'll bet money they are made by comp, Howard or some big cam company.

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Re: Hydraulic Lifter Brand

Post #6 by Lunatic Fringe » Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:49 am

Not to high jack the thread, but since we're talking lifters, how about recommendations on solids as well?

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Re: Hydraulic Lifter Brand

Post #7 by old28racer » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:51 pm

No problem, it's all good information. :mrgreen:
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