When fitting head studs onto a 12-valve Cummins engine, numerous challenges can surface. One prevalent concern is the clearance between 12-valve rocker arm pedestals and the frequently utilized head stud upgrade. Ensuring ample space for unrestricted movement of the rocker arms without contacting the studs is vital. Addressing these clearance issues may require adjustment to either the rocker arms themselves or to the studs, ensuring a proper and secure fit.
Luckily for us, Gator Fasteners has just the fix. One of their hottest items right now is these 12-valve Cummins modified rocker arm pedestals. These fit each of the 5.9-liter Cummins, 12-valve engines from 1989 to 1998 and offer several advantages. This upgrade can significantly enhance the performance, reliability, and longevity of your engine. Here are the key reasons why you might consider upgrading to Gator Fasteners’ modified rocker arm pedestal:
Improved Strength and Durability: Gator Fasteners’ modified rocker arm pedestals are crafted from high-quality materials and designed with enhanced structural integrity. This construction provides greater strength and durability, ensuring the pedestal can withstand the stresses and loads imposed by the engine’s operation.
Enhanced Performance: The enhanced strength and stability of the pedestal can better handle the demands of aggressive cam profiles, higher valve spring pressures, and increased RPM, allowing the engine to perform optimally even under challenging conditions.
Reduced Wear And Friction: The engineering of Gator’s modified rocker arm pedestals often includes features that reduce wear and friction between moving components. This can result in smoother operation, reduced heat generation, and less overall wear on critical engine parts. This will lead to a longer lifespan for your engine components.
Prevents Valvetrain Instabilities: In high-performance engines, valvetrain instability can occur due to flex and movement within the rocker arm pedestals. Gator’s modified pedestals are designed to minimize such instabilities, ensuring precise and stable valve operation.
Compatibility With Other Performance Upgrades: If you’ve made — or plan to make performance upgrades to your engine — such as aftermarket camshafts, high-lift rockers, or heavy-duty valve springs, a modified rocker arm pedestal is often a necessary component. These pedestals are engineered to provide a solid foundation for the entire valvetrain system to function harmoniously.
Gator Fasteners’ modified rocker arm pedestal is a crucial component for performance enthusiasts and professionals seeking enhanced performance, durability, and reliability. By upgrading to this precision-engineered part, you’re investing in the long-term health and optimal operation of your engine, especially in high-stress or modified applications where standard components might not suffice.
Unlike stock pedestals, these require no additional machining and can be easily installed, eliminating downtime spent at a machine shop. They are specifically sized to fit popular head stud kits from Gator or ARP, ensuring a hassle-free experience.