Riley's CE Coupe 1.8L Build

SDate42

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Damn how did I miss this thread?!

You can shave 10 thou from the head without worrying about the valve clearance.

You can drop the pulley without moving the engine height, but I’d strongly recommend releasing the engine mount and lowering the engine on a trolley jack. Makes life easier.

If you’re already looking at decent tyres, I’d take SupaNova’s advice and jump to a near track level tyre. 195 would be the perfect width for starting with.

With the valve springs aswell, obviously you need the upgraded ones with a wild cam, but you will notice a drop in the lower end purely from the springs. It does take a toll on the valve train all the extra drag.

Good luck, keep keeping us posted
 

Starke02

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Damn how did I miss this thread?!

You can shave 10 thou from the head without worrying about the valve clearance.

You can drop the pulley without moving the engine height, but I’d strongly recommend releasing the engine mount and lowering the engine on a trolley jack. Makes life easier.

If you’re already looking at decent tyres, I’d take SupaNova’s advice and jump to a near track level tyre. 195 would be the perfect width for starting with.

With the valve springs aswell, obviously you need the upgraded ones with a wild cam, but you will notice a drop in the lower end purely from the springs. It does take a toll on the valve train all the extra drag.

Good luck, keep keeping us posted

Sadly since its a used head im not sure if its ever been shaved so I'm only going to shave as little as possible just to ensure its flat and that's it. So probably won't be any increased compression, but when I play around with the bootm end one day I'll measure everything up to suit high cr pistons and shave the head as much as it is safe to do so. I'll probs play around with some lightweight titanium rockers as stuff too.

And yeah I expect the very low end to be sluggish, the cam probably won't make any more power than stock until mid rims and the stiffer valve springs will add to the low rpm sluggishness.

Im counting down the days when everything can be delivered by the end of this month so I can install it by early Feb and update you guys on the build so fingers crossed!
 
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