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*NEW* Vortec, Beehive Valve Spring Kit, Hyd Roller, .550" Lift w/ 130 Lbs Seat

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Product Description

 Beehive, .550" Lift for SBC Iron Vortec

Valve Spring Kit for SB Chevy Vortec, Beehive Spring Version, 130 Lb Seat

 High Performance Hydraulic Roller Cams, up to .550" Lift w/ 130 Lbs seat pressure


Alex's Parts has offered drop in valve spring kits for iron Vortec heads for many years. Just like our other vortec kits, this one does not require any machine work and is good to .550" lift at the valve.

Beehive springs have been growing in popularity, we've been asked many times- "When is Alex going to offer drop in vortec kits with beehive springs?"

Of course in the Alex's tradition, our customers expect good quality with a low price, and we've managed to get her done!

Buyers can now order a beehive valve spring kit for around the same price the cam companies get for their beehive springs alone.

Get a set of beehive springs, retainers and locks for your iron Vortec heads. Use w/ Hyd Roller up to .550" Lift.

The springs are made using premium grade multi arc "ovate" wire and are manufactured here in the USA.

Builders can get the benefits of lower reciprocating weights and improved spring stability in the upper RPM range, all for one low price!

The chrome moly retainers are specially designed for maximum clearance between the retainer and seal without the need to machine the heads.

      Kit Includes:

  • Sixteen- Ovate Wire Beehive Springs
  • Sixteen- 11/32" Chrome Moly Beehive Retainers
  • Sixteen- 7 Degree Hardened Valve Lock pairs

      Optional add on items: (use check boxes towards the top of this page)

  • Hardened Shim Kit w/ .060", .030" and .015" shims, 16 each
  • Premium Viton Valve Seal set w/ seal protector sleeve
  • Installed Height Micrometer for Beehive Springs on Vortec Heads


We recommend purchasing a shim kit to facilitate setting up the installed heights.

Each kit comes with it's own installed height specification card. Always use the specification card included with your kit.     



  • Inside Diameter, Top- .650"
  • Outside Diameter, Top- 1.050"
  • Inside Diameter, Bottom- .880"
  • Outside Diameter, Bottom- 1.285"
  • 130 Lbs @ 1.720" Seat Pressure
  • 283 Lbs Open @ .500" lift
  • 300 Lbs Open @ .550" lift
  • Rate- 306#
  • Average Coil Bind 1.100"
  • Beehive Spring? - Yes!
  • Machine work required? No!
  • For use with stock or aftermarket 11/32" SBC valves w/ .260"/.289" tip lengths (not for .250" tip length valves unless guide plates are used)
  • Works with most self aligning rockers including stock and aftermarket roller rockers


Using our kit, most heads will provide a minimum of .030" retainer to seal clearance @ .550" lift and additional clearances at lower lifts. See *Note 1 below.

Additional time is required to build this kit. Please allow up to a week for us to put the kit together and ship.


Suitable for most hyd roller cams up to around 230 degrees duration @ .050" (must use duration @ .050" figures, not advertised duration)

If you need help determining if this is right for your cam, feel free to use the contact us link and we'll be happy to verify compatibility.

For bigger cams, take a look at the following two part numbers- Vsk4h54-pB w/ 140 Lbs seat and Vsk7h54-oB w/ 150 Lbs seat.

Requirements- Valve Seal replacement is highly suggested. When changing springs, you'll be all the way into the heads where changing valve seals is easiest. Don't risk having an oil burner when you can update the seals at the same time as the springs. Note- It's important for the installer to verify their seals are fully seated down onto the guide. Seals which are not fully seated will reduce maximum lift capacity.

OE GM Vortec heads normally use: 11/32" X .552" seals. Be aware some aftermarket heads (such as engine-quest) have different guide diameters. If you have aftermarket iron heads, it is advised to measure the guide before ordering seals.


NOTE- Not for Gen III LS series aluminum Vortec. Check our other spring kits for late model Gen 3 applications.


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