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I have been trying to research progressive springs and how they work and whether they are a possible solution for my application. I am running a race cam that the manufacture recommends race springs with a minimum seat pressure of 200 --higher would be better. availability of such is really limited, in the US and UK.
my cam is a very low lash cam (5-6 thou) with consequences for it moving our of that spec of shattered followers. I've been adviced that above 7200 rpm the risk of valve float increases if the spring isn't up to the demands and that reverbs right back down to the followers. so I was thinking that progressive spings might be a solution, not really knowing how they work.
on my second engine due to follower failure
so hive-mind, light me up...
builld: BMC A series bored to 73.5MM or 1380
APT scatter pattern cam SPVP5
MED race push rods
MED 1.5 roller rockers
MED Full race double springs
Forged Steel 6' conrods
Omega 73.5 mm short skirt piston
stock EN16t crank balanced
200 lbs seat pressure? That HAS to be a typo - are you sure that isn't nose pressure (yeah, it's actually force, but convention...)?
Main advantage of them seems to be their resistance to harmonics, same reason as "behive" designs, because the rate is different at each point along the camshaft. Vizard, widely recognised as an "A" series guru goes into them in some depth - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHw3mWYgO6M
As for the follower failure, that seems to be either a follower issue and/or a bad camshaft design with badly designed clearance/quietening ramps.
Thanks for the reply Gord- yes my mistake--seat is at least 100# according to my notes from David Anton of APT and nose pressure of 200#. I have Vizards book but traveling--thanks for youtube link.