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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-17-2010, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Timing Chain Set

I want to get a new timing chain set for my 96 cappy wagon LT1. Dealers don't have a set...they sell everything by the piece. I'm looking at Cloyes and Comp on the Summit site and have 2 questions.
1) What set do you guys run that have a mild mod engine?
2) Do I NEED a double roller on a mild engine and if I DO go that way...do I need a different cover?
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-17-2010, 05:58 PM
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I got the set from Chevy Perfomance Parts. Bought it from Jegs.

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Thanks, Jet. I saw that one...it has iron sprockets and others have steel. I thought that the steel would be better so then, as usual, I got myself in trouble again...don't know which one to buy....LOL.
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post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-17-2010, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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You got this one, right, jet?
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/NAL-12371043/
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Holy SH!T!! Never mind, Jet....that's not the one you got...it's for a Gen I engine. When I got to the LT1 (Gen II) page the cheapest roller set was $275!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am REALLY getting sick of this LT1 engine already! ANY part you find is 3 to 10 times more expensive than a regular SBC! What a joke....$300 for a gasket set, $275 for a timing chain set...and the beat goes on.....

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I feel the same way, and parts stores don't normally have a damn thing in stock for them either.

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Right, Sin. Everywhere I turn for parts....parts house after parts house....they are "out of stock". And you know what THAT means! It means GM isn't making that part anymore. So then...the word gets out and it's bend over time!
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you can use a gen 1 timing chain if you use an electric water pump
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Thanks, Mean.....ain't goin' that way.
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post #9 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-18-2010, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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Would the guys here in the know please look at the following link and tell me if the Cloyes non roller is OK to use? The next cheapest set is $275 by GM Performance and is a single roller. From there they go up to $500!! So...what's the difference between roller and non-roller?? Noise? Performance? Please inform me after reviewing the 4 sets in the link if the Cloyes is fine or if the GM is way better and why. I am NOT going to pay $275 for a timing chain set but I need to know. If the GM one is the only choice (or one of the other crazy expensive ones) I will install my old timing chain set with 130K on it in my new engine. I really hate to do that but I'm sick of the super high prices for parts just because it says LT1 on it. Here's the link and thanks for your help.
http://www.summitracing.com/search/P...ming+Chain+Set
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Summit also carries a Lunati Plus Roller # 93094 for $99.95, and you can get on eBay for $95 plus 9.95 shipping. Says in write-up that a 3 keyway model is available, but the Lunati webpage says it's only availble in single keyway.

I have not used, but before I put a 130K mile one back on I'd spend $100.

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