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Old 10-12-2021, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by eschaider View Post
Best efforts not withstanding, sadly there is always a way to circumvent safeties we attempt to build in. That said, it does not matter how high you overspin the engine or even float a valve. If a piston does not hit the valve, the valve will not bend.

Yes, that is exactly correct.

A valve head has to contact the piston to be bent. This could occur at ANY engine rpm, either from valve float at high rpm, or from valve spring failure, which could happen at the next startup, idling etc.
In the owners case, the valve spring has broken into many pieces, the valve drops to full open, the moving piston smacks the valve head, and keeps smacking it until the valve head snaps off, wedged into the valve seat. 50% of the time the piston could be damaged, especially from large valves.

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