Just a note to all those ticking lifter owners out there.
I bought the 3rd gen lifters from Eagle Warehouse.
Great price, great service, shipped and arrived quickly.
In addition to the lifters I'd get a new valve cover gasket, that "halfmoon" gasket for the passenger side cam end, four spark plug gaskets, new oil cap, and a PCV valve. With all these replaced you shouldn't be leaking anything topside for awhile. Here's where I got mine:
Now for the fun of installing them.
I read the Vfaq and they make it sound like a cake walk. I suppose compared to dropping the tranny or putting in a 4 bolt rearend it may be?
Tools I used. 1 large standard screw driver (read: prybar), 1 smaller standard screw driver for secondary leverage and prying, 1 magnetic retrieval stick, 15mm (?) socket with breakerbar for turning the cams.
Valve cover was sealed...REALLY sealed. I had to pry it off with a rather large screw driver, which you'll use extensively during the lifter change.
After getting the valve cover off I made a funny discovery from a previous owner or oil changer. There was a plastic ring from a quart of oil floating around in there. I'm hoping there aren't more floating around in other parts of my engine?
If you've nevered changed lifters before be ready for the three P's. Patients, Power, and Pop.
The first roller bearing you leverage off goes quick and pops off with some distance as it's goal. The first one flew over my head and across the garage. Note to self, cover area with rag before leveraging the next one. The sound and feel is that you've broke it, you haven't, but it scared the shit out of me.
Also I highly suggest three rags for the oil return channels. Stuff them shut so you don't lose anything down there, that would suck!
I got all of the lifters out except for one set that required some turning of the cams for clearance. I felt lery torquing on the cams but the timing belt didn't skip and they did turn, so I could finish the job.
All and all about two hours of slipping screw drivers and scuffed knuckles.
Once I get my new FMIC installed I'll be able to test it and see if lifters will run unlike a ticking bomb?
Lastly, the holes on the 3rd gen lifters are HUGE compared to my stockers. Like 3 or 4 times larger in diameter.
Just sharing my experience,