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I have three different valve springs heights and not sure which to use. I hope the photo shows the sizes. I think the shorter spring is for a 500cc as it has less coils. The inner springs are all the same height

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I honestly wouldn't play around with old springs

Get a new set of springs and call it a day

We stock Kibblewhite valve springs for the BSA A50 / A65 models

Just my 2 cents

https://www.classicbritishspares.co...hining/products/bsa-a65-valve-spring-kit

From what I can see however, the tall spring is the early spring on heads from 62-65 approx

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Or at least check force at valve closed and open dimension.

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Originally Posted by C.B.S
From what I can see however, the tall spring is the early spring on heads from 62-65 approx

The shop manuals, both early and late thru 1967 show the outer spring height as 2-1/32".


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This makes sense because of the big valve head.

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what is more important than free height is spring rate . The middle spring looks just off the pic to be a much heavier wire gauge and the number of turns differs from the springs show

the heavier the wire and the more turns the higher the rick of coil binding

myself i woud do with the longer one which looks to have smaller wire ... all that would differ would be the pre load

what are the wire diameters and number of turns ? ... without knowing this its all speculation


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A65 1962-67 outer valve spring free lenght 2 1/32"
A65 1968-72 outer valve spring free lenght 1 3/4"

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Interesting.
Wire diameter was the same on all springs. Shorter springs have five coils the other two have six.
I ordered a spring pressure gage to check what I have. I’ll post what I find.
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the strongest will be the one with less turns , funny about picture the middle one sure looks like heavier wire .

when you measure a compression spring rate you preload it a bit first , then measure how many pounds/kg over the same distance of compression ..

there are spring rate calculators online BUT you do need to know the GRADE of wire which you cant know just by looking at it ... all spring wire is not created equal ( but just for comparison doesnt matter)

let us know what you come up with


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