The big APR cam gear install thread (pictures)

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  1. 5000XD

    5000XD New Member

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    So this weekend I went for it and started the installation of the cam gears. Since I have been reading so many problems with the install I thought to start a thread with pictures of how it should really look if you have the timing right. Others can also go ahead and post their install pictures to get confirmation or tips if something is off by the experts.

    With the crank shaft pulley at '0 I got the following pattern.

    Left engine side:

    Overall picture of the left side:

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    Notice the 2 marks on the VVT actuator (red circle):

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    Cam gear left side:

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    Right engine side:

    Overall picture of the right side:

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    Notice the 1 (ONE) mark on the VVT actuator (red circle):

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    Cam gear right side:

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    The following pictures are of the APR cam gears in place:

    APR cam gear right side:

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    APR cam gear left side:

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    I hope this thread will be useful to others attempting this install.

    John
     
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  2. My68ur8trd

    My68ur8trd Active Member

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    if the cam gear dot it under that mark on the bearing cap ( I cant see in the pics). then you should be good to go

    Justin
     
  3. akakrill

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    Your good....I can see the keyway in the gear...the dot is correct.
     
  4. 5000XD

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    Yes sirs. Both keyway and dot are in line with the mark on the bearing cap :top:
     
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    Yep that is the starting point. :top:

    When your done with the gear install, it should look the same.
     
  6. T0LLPHR33

    T0LLPHR33 "Catwoman"

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    nice pics for the write-up...I will be installing my X-1 the next chance I get...
     
  7. 5000XD

    5000XD New Member

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    Well well, I can't break the freaking bolt lose! LOL.
     
  8. Vecte

    Vecte "Fluffy"

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    Need more torque!!!
     
  9. jaxchrisfla

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    Also, if you can not get the timing marks to line up with the dots, and the journal markings, you can line up the crank pulley at 0*, and the cam gear dots on the journal markings like in the pics. THEN, take some sort of marking "paint", and mark the link of the chain that is atop of the dot. Then when reinstalling, rematch the new paint mark, with the cam gear dot, while lining up the gear on the keyway.
     
  10. 5000XD

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    More torque? I've put a 17mm Gearwrench X beam + 50 cm metal pipe for leverage on it and the head is starting to get ugly :motz:

    Jax, I can't even break lose the stupid bolt lol.
     
  11. blackx-runner

    blackx-runner "White Flash"

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    Need to borrow some testicles from someone??? They do come off you just have to really crank on them.

    stupid reply... but make sure you are going the right way
     
  12. 5000XD

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    I'm going the right way Einstein, got the other one lose without much problems. The first one (driver side) is a hole :motz: guess I'm gonna run one apr gear and one oem hehe j/k
     
  13. My68ur8trd

    My68ur8trd Active Member

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    I ground down an adjustable wrench and put it in half of my jack handle, then I put the other half on the 17 it took two 3 foot wrenches to get my drivers side loose :laugh:

    Justin
     
  14. blackx-runner

    blackx-runner "White Flash"

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    i think i just used 2 wrenches ~18 inches of leverage. i still had to really put some muscle behind it and when it broke free i about fell over. LOL :laugh:
     
  15. dwntwnall4u

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    Yeah my drivers side was a real pain, since I have a 6' lift I had to literally climb onto the engine to get leverage I needed.
     
  16. 5000XD

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    Well at last the install is complete! :biggrin:

    Engine started up perfectly and ran very stable (I think better then when it was without the X1), I haven't driven it around just yet. I just let it idle for 10-15 minutes and turned it off. But now after a few minutes it won't start anymore. It just swings :hmmmm2: any ideas?
     
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    blackx-runner "White Flash"

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    battery not charged enough? How many times did you try it?
     
  18. 5000XD

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    Hhhhmmm, I did the old disconnect battery trick (always seems to work lol) and truck started up again just fine. Turned it off and on a few times and all is normal again it seems :dontknow:

    I swinged it a few good times man (maybe 4 times in a row and held it for a few), usually my truck starts at the first swing in 1-2 seconds. I don't think it's the battery.

    By the way no codes on the scangauge!! so that must be a good thing too.
     
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  19. Torspd

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    Awesome to hear it all went well. How does it feel now?
     
  20. sntckr

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    My starts took a little longer the first few times after the X-1 install (the first and second one took some cranking). It may be the ECU "re-learning."

    I feel for you with a 6" lift. My 3" lift was a big enough PIA...especially since I have a plate bumper, lights and brush bars. Turning the crankshaft was tough. Especially rotating it a gazillion times before defaulting the alternate install method.
     

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