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Old 04-21-2016, 02:33 PM   #1
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Default Spark plug to valve clearance

How much clearance do I need between the valve and the spark plug?

I'm running new edelbrock heads (1127), best gasket graphtite gasket (.045 compressed thickness), with an isky 1007b regrind. The cam has .355 lift.

If I use the use the edelbrock recommended champion rc12yc the valve will hit the spark plug. That plug has a 3/4 reach and it's a projected tip. If I were to use an NGK BR5ES plug it has the same reach but a non projected tip (.120 shorter) it may clear. But how much is enough?

It's a 4 1/4 x 3 5/16 engine with light port work, am I in the right heat range?
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Old 04-22-2016, 04:54 AM   #2
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Default Re: Spark plug to valve clearance

Shoot for .050"min., electrode to open valve clearance.
You will have to determine from what you have, to achieve that.
The size of the engine is not the main factor in determining plug heat range.
Fuel mixture, timing etc. are just a couple of factors.
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Some place makes spacer washers for spark plugs. Walt
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