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Opinions on Elgin HPV valves

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Opinions on Elgin HPV valves

Post by Ron Miller » Sat May 16, 2020 12:48 pm

What's your opinion on Elgin HPV valves? Who manufactures this valve for Elgin? What kind of seat and open pressure will this valve tolerate? I'm interested in HPV-27 BB Chevy 2.250 11/32 and HPV-20 BB Chevy 1.88 11/32. For the record, I did call Elgin yesterday, they are closed on Fridays.

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Re: Opinions on Elgin HPV valves

Post by Krooser » Sun May 17, 2020 7:43 pm

Elgin manufactures most, if not all, of their own products. They are not simply a distributor.

I have used their valves, cams and other engine parts withh good success over the years.
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Re: Opinions on Elgin HPV valves

Post by Krooser » Sun May 31, 2020 4:30 pm

Looking at the video BOOT posted here the Elgin valves he bought are Chinese...should not be surprised I guess. Not to say they won't work...
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Re: Opinions on Elgin HPV valves

Post by falcongeorge » Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:10 pm

Anyone have any comments on the actual quality of these valves to add? "Made in China" really isn't very useful in this day and age.

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Re: Opinions on Elgin HPV valves

Post by SpeierRacingHeads » Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:07 pm

I have never used any of the BBC valves. But I have used the SBC and LS valves. Both clearly say on the box, "Made in Argentina."
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Re: Opinions on Elgin HPV valves

Post by cgarb » Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:25 pm

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Not sure if you can see it that well in my screenshot but these seem to say Made in China on the box. Maybe Elgin has recently changed suppliers or where their factory is located.
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Re: Opinions on Elgin HPV valves

Post by MadBill » Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:56 pm

It sure looks like China, but for sure it doesn't say Argentina... :?
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Re: Opinions on Elgin HPV valves

Post by Kevin Johnson » Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:06 pm

MadBill wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:56 pm
It sure looks like China, but for sure it doesn't say Argentina... :?
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Re: Opinions on Elgin HPV valves

Post by falcongeorge » Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:07 pm

I have a set of 2.02's and 1.60s here for my 327, I haven't even LOOKED to see where they are from, honestly I don't care. I care whether they are any good or not, and that has little to do with where they are made, it has a hell of a lot MORE to do with the attitude of the AMERICAN corporation that selected the contractor that makes them than it does to do with where that contractor is located.

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Re: Opinions on Elgin HPV valves

Post by cgarb » Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:24 am

That is true...China can make things as cheap as you wish...just the quality will reflect your choice.

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Re: Opinions on Elgin HPV valves

Post by Kevin Johnson » Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:59 am

Ron Miller wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 12:48 pm
What's your opinion on Elgin HPV valves? Who manufactures this valve for Elgin? What kind of seat and open pressure will this valve tolerate? I'm interested in HPV-27 BB Chevy 2.250 11/32 and HPV-20 BB Chevy 1.88 11/32. For the record, I did call Elgin yesterday, they are closed on Fridays.

Thanks for looking, =D>
Sorry that I did not read your post earlier.
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/New-Stainless-Steel-Valve-Set-1-88-2-25-100-Long-11-32-Stems-Chevy-bb-/232565440672 wrote: Brand: Elgin; Manufacturer Part Number: HPV-20 & HPV-27; Country/Region of Manufacture: China
When you ship overseas, customs requires the country of manufacture. I made two declarations earlier today -- I have answered that specific question many, many thousands of times.

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Re: Opinions on Elgin HPV valves

Post by BOOT » Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:45 am

I actually didn't check the boxes of my Elgin 2.02/1.6 set I just got but they do say China. I kinda figured they were coming from the same place peeps been saying most valves come from, south of the equator.

Anyways if you didn't see my video where I compare them to other valves, you could see they were not undercut as much. Been meaning to weight and compare, so just weighted a few intakes and they were 117+ vs others ebay generic or Manley of same dia/length 113/114, I don't have a flow bench so no info there. Now that I know that I'll prob buy diff valves next time, I mean if your gonna have undercut why not have the full cut or nothing at all.
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Re: Opinions on Elgin HPV valves

Post by BOOT » Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:47 am

FYI the exhaust valves are harder than oem


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Re: Opinions on Elgin HPV valves

Post by Kevin Johnson » Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:47 am

falcongeorge wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:10 pm
Anyone have any comments on the actual quality of these valves to add? "Made in China" really isn't very useful in this day and age.
I do not mind quality-made parts from wherever. I don't especially like a company deliberately trading on "made-in-the-USA" being conflated with "made-in-the-USA quality."

Just in case that is not clear: they are artfully playing you.

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https://www.elginind.com/performance/ wrote:Premier engine builders representing virtually every racing and street-performance category share a “secret” – their reliance on leading-edge Elgin® PRO-STOCK® parts.

By choosing the perfect combination of advanced metallurgies, ultra-modern design and construction, and made-in-the-USA quality, Elgin helps performance specialists take their engines from good to great. And that’s where bragging rights begin.
Page 72 of https://www.elginind.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Elgin-2018-ProStock-Catalog.pdf wrote:When it comes to choosing performance valves for your engine, you can be certain that with the
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