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Valve spring compressor Sykes Pickavant

PostPost by: Andrewelan » Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:09 am

Does anyone have experience of this tool and its suitability for the twin-cam engine? My old one is OK for an A-series (Mini days!) but not an OHC engine with deep set valves

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PostPost by: 2cams70 » Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:53 pm

This is the one I used. Worked a treat.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from ... 3&_sacat=0
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PostPost by: Andrewelan » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:04 pm

Thanks. Could see link but it didn’t seems to go to a specific page. What make/model was it
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PostPost by: 2cams70 » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:14 pm

Plug this into Ebay search in that case:

Sealey Multi Valve Spring Compressor Petrol Diesel Engines 55-175mm Capacity
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PostPost by: Andrewelan » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:25 pm

Thanks for that. I may have a offer to borrow one but great back up if it doesn’t suit. Cheers
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PostPost by: steveh » Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:48 pm

Ive got 3 types including SP, given the choice i would buy another one of these at the astonishing price of £9.
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PostPost by: Andrewelan » Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:53 pm

Wow
That good for £9?
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PostPost by: 2cams70 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:55 am

The ones with the lever action are preferred. Once adjusted to suit the engine you just compress the valve spring using the lever. No need to turn screw threads for each valve.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:04 pm

No,
but this is not too bad and you can use it to change the Bendix on Starter Motor also.
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PostPost by: Andrewelan » Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:37 pm

All valid points. Thanks
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PostPost by: steveh » Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:28 pm

I find the clamp version is more abrupt in use , there is less control -- especially on releasing tension whilst aligning the collects .
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PostPost by: promotor » Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:15 pm

steveh wrote:Ive got 3 types including SP, given the choice i would buy another one of these at the astonishing price of £9.
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+1 for this one. Used on plenty of twincams. Easy enough to control without collets flying everywhere! Ok, it's not as quick to use as a lever type but I'm not pit crew trying to change valve springs in 5 minutes!! :-)
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PostPost by: Andrewelan » Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:44 pm

Ordered one this pm. Like you I’m happy to take a few minutes per valve. On the upside they’re only 8v heads! Could be worse!
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PostPost by: el-saturn » Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:34 pm

as i dont really need this tool often and as i had some 20milx3 tube i easily made the tool i had to add to myy other tool selection. B UT if i wanted the best it'd bbe facom sandy
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:54 am

I had no problem with an SP lever tool when I did some work 30 years ago - there is enough reach for inlets.
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