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  • Jims Powerglide tappets

    Has anyone had any experience with JIMS powerglide tappets (# 2461-1) ? I have read some bad ( and good )reviews online . I've just installed them on my '71 FLH but haven't fired it yet . Any feedback would be appreciated . Thanks , Mike

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    I've used them. Had a couple that would randomly bleed down overnight and cause hard starting, missing on one cylinder until the engine had run long enough to fill it with oil. The original set I had were the "big axle" version. Two of those wore out the roller pin in less than 10K miles. I replaced the first one with the standard axle version and when the second one wore out, I changed out the whole set and went with solids. There was a noticeable difference in starting and throttle response after changing to the solids. I'm saving my pennies to get a set of Velva Touch because I'm sure I'll eventually get tired of listening to the solids clattering away.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tomanybikes View Post
      There was a noticeable difference in starting and throttle response after changing to the solids.
      Easier starting or harder starting, less throttle response or more throttle response? Thanks.
      Bob Rice #6738

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      • #4
        The stuff i have got in the last few years from Jims was a disappointment, and way over priced.

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        • #5
          JIM's response to any & all complaints of poor quality: "We don't make mistakes".
          The Linkert Book

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BigLakeBob View Post
            Easier starting or harder starting, less throttle response or more throttle response? Thanks.
            Easier starting with the solids particularly when cold, I believe because the Jim's units leak down and don't open the valve (much) until it fills with oil again. I notice better throttle response with the solids particularly at lower RPMs. I'm using an Andrews #2 cam.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by kitabel View Post
              JIM's response to any & all complaints of poor quality: "We don't make mistakes".
              I bought a set of Knucklehead rocker arm shafts from Jim's for 74" motor in 1993. They were good quality, but had machine shavings in oil passages. Not just a bolt on item !!

              Craig

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              • #8
                Bought some case races for a 1947EL, needed .020 "lapped" out of the before being installed.

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                • #9
                  These tappets didn't work for me. Bad conversation with "Eagle " on the phone . Wrote them a letter , with no response . Will never buy Jims products again !!

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                  • #10
                    4-speed transmission case race is another example: way too small to fit, way too hard to lap.
                    The Linkert Book

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