A friend of mine asked me to help him to rebuild a 351w and convert it to a roller cam, but his wallet is tight and wants to save some money. So he asked me to buy some elcheapo parts, like the lifters.
Together we went on the internet and found these lifters
They looked nice and where cheap, just what he wants for his build and they come whit 1 year waranty.
After recieving them i opend the box and found 8 pairs of lifter in plastic baggs, filled with oil. after cleaning them, i gave them a test fit.
None of did fit the 351w block, nor did they fit in my own block.
If i try to push them in the bores you can see the link bar bent.
The reason, the link bar hasn't enough travel. they are to wide or the slots to small to move.
Looking at them a bit closer reviels a few other flaws,
Take a look at the push rod cup,
I also found some metal shavings in the holes of the push rod cup.
A other problem:
There was 0.60 mm ( 0.15 inch ) play at the wheel and you have a clear look at the needles. I have a set stock roller lifters here, with 150 k miles on them, that have less play.
I not gone use these lifter, so i contacted Maxspeedrods and told them about the problems i found and showed them the pictures. They admitted that there could be batches of lifters that where faulty and not up to spec. It was a known problem.
So i asked them what to do now and i got the reply to send them back ($170 shipping at my onw cost) and they would restock them (minus 15% for fee and the shipping cost).
?? restock them?? These lifters are rubbish and should be trown away.
After that mail, i never got a response from them.
So there you have it, chinese lifters are cheap, but flawed and dont fit without modifications to the linkbar. Aftersales doesn't exsist, so its money down the drain.
As for my friends engine, well its up and running. But i had to buy a second set of lifters, this time morrels and he wasn't pleased with a higher bill. i dont know how long its gone run with elcheapo parts.
So if you wat to buy chinese lifters, think again, spend a few dollars more and buy u.s made ones.