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Re: Is it possible to Recon a variator?
The variators not the real issue anymore, and to say the variator caused the exhaust cam to wear is complete BS, also if the cams where in good shape before the head was fited then I'd suspect the cam journals in the head had worn out, allowing the cam to rock within them and wear away the cam lobes, but the worst part is to come, those filings off the cam travel with the oil around the engine, eventually blocking the filter and opening the by-pass port, this allows them to EVERYpart ofthe lubrication circuit and more often than not the big end shells and crank feel it first, IMO after this damage you need to do a complete teardown of this engine and check every component for wear. I rebuilt an engine that had the same damage as yours a month ago, the bad news was it needed a crank as the big ends had ovaled beyond regrind, the variator was also shot but I could put that down to the pastey oil as the variator was full of it.