BTR quality

BHall

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I recently did some valve train work to my 5.3. Bought the BTR .560" valve springs and their V1 trunnion kit. During the installation of the trunnion kit the very first pair I installed did not feel smooth at all. The rotation felt like a zip tie. Closer examination of the trunnion bearing surface showed dinged, pitted and gouged surfaces (see pics below of the brand new trunnions). All of the trunnions were packaged together in one bag and I am most certain that is how the surfaces got damaged was them rubbing and banging against one another during shipping/handling. It was my mistake and I didn't realize at the time of purchase that BTR has a V2 kit that seems to have addressed this issue as it has pressed on hardened bearing surfaces. They really shouldn't even sell the V1 kits anymore at all. Additionally, the actual bearings that come with the V1 kits are china bearings.

This is my first experience with Brian Tooley racing products and their customer service (or lack there of) and I am not impressed at all. I tried to contact their customer service and it took a couple of e-mails for them to actually reply and all I got was to contact the company through which I purchased them.

Putting this out there for two reasons:
1. This being my first experiences with BTR, is all of their other stuff crap too?
2. As a warning to those who may be inclined to purchase the V1 trunnion kit from Brian Tooley racing. Don't do it! I really can't even suggest their V2 kit but it seems that it would be better?

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And yes, these are supposed to be brand new trunnions.
 

TheBrettster

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So, I'll be honest.

When Brian started off, his stuff was super good. The cam would have the random bur but springs/seats/trunnions etc were perfect.

He's seem to blow up a bit and is no longer approachable anymore and this is the 3rd time i've seen quality issues.

Could be a classic case of getting big too fast and outsourcing...

On my 04, I went with a PatG spec cam and had TSP cut the cam. Being TSP my expectations were lowish just due to the volume they put out but the cam I received was absolutely flawless. No burs or shavings, everything was clean and smooth.