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    I'll point Ray to this thread who might have an answer
     
     

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    Right dude........been a while since I've done one of these but your mechanic is right, there is no key way on the camshaft sprocket, meaning you have to manually line it up on the end of the camshaft........but I can't remeber how

    do you have the camshaft locking tool at all?

    because as far as I can remeber.......there are no real timing marks once you take the camshaft sprocket off.......as NealP says the 2 arrorw on the sprocket are the only ones and they should point straightup when at TDC.


    If you had the camlocking tool then what you could do is get the crank at TDC and lock the flywheel in place.

    then undo the chain and use the locking tool to get the camshsaft in line........then bolt the sprocket up with the arrows faced up at 12 with the chain loosely on it bolt it up as close to the centre of the camshaft as possible.

    hope this makes sense
     
     

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    IIRC the arrow points down on the cam, can have a look on Autodata to be sure if you need me to, you should use the cam locking tool any how as without it you will not get proper chain tension.

    Also are there any dots on the square of the cam? when at TDC the lobes on cylinder 4 will be rocking and the front lobes cylinder 1 will be pointing up and away from each other
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEFAL View Post
    IIRC the arrow points down on the cam, can have a look on Autodata to be sure if you need me to, you should use the cam locking tool any how as without it you will not get proper chain tension.

    Also are there any dots on the square of the cam? when at TDC the lobes on cylinder 4 will be rocking and the front lobes cylinder 1 will be pointing up and away from each other

    Arrows need to point up dude........autodata don't really show anything mate.

    but you are right......the only way to check if at TDC is to also check that cam lobes on 1 and 4 are on the rock- iirc there are no other timing marks but as you say- the cam locking tool will accurately lock the cam to TDC
     
     

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    Thanks for your help gents.

    I've mailed my guy the link to this thread so he can read your advice and take it from there. Not sure if he has the cam locking tool or not.

    I called Cooks Ferry to see if they had one to rent or sell but they don't sell em. The Cooks Ferry dude did say that the square on the cam could be lined up with a ruler so it is in line with the head, then held with mole grips, the fly wheel could be locked in place with a long bolt and bobs your uncle!

    We'll see.

    Keep you updated.
     
     

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    The cam arrow does point up when at TDC, the valves will also be rocking on cylinder 4 when the cam is in the correct position.

    And to get the correct chain tension and cam timing the cam locking tool should be used. A drill bit can be used to lock the flywheel at TDC or a DTI used to find true TDC if you have one. You can get a adaptor that goes down the plug hole to use a DTI, great for aftermarket performance cam set up
     
     

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