I´m just curious, does it make any sense(no it won´t make any sense)to weld rover v8 heads to get better flow figures? Like V8 developments/David Vizard heads.http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?6,12170
I´m seriously intresting to get +450Bhp for my 5.2litre RV8.
Yes i need offset valve guides, 2x head welding (16 port) cost approx 330£, 16x offset valveguides 330£, valves, spring etc approx 540£ if use 8mm valve stem diameter.. I think those valves are VW parts?
+ machining etc +700£.
Spoke to John Eales today.. He say it wont make any sense, he has got experience try to weld those heads, offset guides etc.. But he still recon that best value for money is his CNC heads.. 423hp for 5.2litre race engine, and head flow only approx 180cfm..
He has got experience also on Wild cat´s and TA-performance heads..
If i understand correctly that his 5.3litre engine with TA-Performance head´s give approx 460Bhp.. He didin´t mention engine specs with his first replay..
460hp is good if engine is running road cam, but if it is running solid M256 cam, dry sump, silly compression ratio, +etc. In my mind 460Bhp is quite low readings with those heads vs John CNC heads..
Chevy LS is not alternative.. Turbo is, but not first choice..
I know there is couple of disadvantage to weld those heads..
I have to offset rockers also, not proplem
Push rods are slightly askew then..
I have to make offset/oval cylinder bolt holes..
Custom inlet manifold gasket..
Slightly modify water ways..
Oil ways have to plug in head and oil have to go uppstairs inside of pushrod.
I have to weld ITB manifold also to get better flow figures match to head if inlet port rise approx ½"
It is nice to say, i have got fully home modded rover v8 heads, not aftermarket version..