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My 2002 R/T Project

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JeremyJ
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2002 Dodge Neon R/T

Post: #271   PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have about 3500 miles on the new setup. All of the lifters are new, so it would be extra frustrating if they're making the noise. I'm contemplating swapping the old lifters back in to see if the sound changes at all.
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Post: #272   PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I totally agree. I was going to swap over to the old lifters to check but some of my old lifters were already bad haha. Good luck!
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Post: #273   PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I swapped the stock lifters back onto the head and it made no difference in sound. I'm pretty sure it's valve related at this point. Probably an out of spec valve guide.



Just for reference, here's what an aftermarket intake rocker looks like (Sealed Power, bottom) next to a Mopar rocker (top):



^These intake rockers are from the newer set. I ordered a full set of Mopar rockers, but one of them was defective and came apart before I installed it, so I replaced it with a new Sealed Power unit that I got in a hurry from a forum member. I don't know about you, but I think the Sealed Power unit actually looks to be of better build quality than the Mopar unit. Kind of depressing.

Idiot moment of the day: When I reassembled it with the old rockers, the car didn't want to start initially. When it finally did start, it ran like shit and sounded like it was broken. After tearing back into it and then reassembling it again, and rechecking everything, it still wouldn't run right. Then it dawned on me...in my hurry to reassemble it before the sun went down, I had accidentally swapped the 3 and 4 plug wires. I switched them back and it purred like normal again. Crisis averted and everything, but I really felt like an idiot.

On the bright side, I can have the valve cover off in about two minutes flat, now.

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Post: #274   PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also thought it was a valve guide on mine so I bought a reman head off ebay with a 3 angle valve job and they supposedly replaced valve guides if bad. Unfortunately, I was wrong which makes me think I have a oil passage issue or, of all things, the trans is vibrating causing this noise. I plan on driving mine for a bit to see if it goes away ( Rolling Eyes ).

Keep us posted!
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Post: #275   PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I put over 100,000 hard, rev limit bouncing, high speed driving miles of douchebaggery on my old '02 Neon. I even added stainless oversized valves, had the head ported, and everything. All with the factory valve guides and rocker assemblies intact. It never made this clicking noise. Ever. I don't know what the deal is, but this car seems to be cursed by shitty noises. I really want to just gut this thing and start over with an SRT swap, but I really can't afford it right now.
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Post: #276   PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha, you and me both. There are a couple of srt engines on craigslist and, boy, have I been tempted.
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