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Valve Guide Cleaning Reamers for Lycoming Engines


Why McFarlane Special Reamers?
McFarlane offers special reamers in the necessary sizes to clean your Lycoming engine exhaust valve guides per Lycoming Service Instruction 1425A. Standard reamers manufactured for aircraft valve guides are designed to perfect the guide hole size when reaming new guides. The standard reamer pilot is sized to fit the small bore of a new unfinished guide to insure stability and a straight finished bore. When this same type of reamer is used to clean the valve guides, the pilot is smaller than the finished hole. This causes the reamer to wander and misalign while it is being started and turned in the guide hole.

The McFarlane cleaning reamers have a pilot the same size as the valve stem. This properly sized pilot forces the reamer cutter to start straight and follow the correct valve stem path through the guide hole. Finally, a tool that is designed for the job!

While using standard reamers to clean valve guides, you probably have noticed that you have some valve guide metal in the reamer flutes afterwards. This metal is cut from the sides of the guide when hard carbon deposits displace the unguided reamer from the original guide hole, or the reamer was not started in alignment with the guide hole. Wavy or gouged guide holes cause premature carbon buildup, poor heat transfer, and early guide hole wear. Prevent damage to your valve guides by using McFarlane Cleaning Reamers!

  • Discounted pricing for a complete set: Part Number VGR-LC-KT
  • Spiral flutes for a better guide finish
  • Pilot sized specifically for cleaning
  • Cutting pilot cleans guides without notching guide surfaces
  • Constructed of precision ground, high speed tool steel
  • Patent Pending

Note: Reference Lycoming SSP-1776 and SSP-578 and the appropriate overhaul manual to determine which specific valve guide sizes you have and the required reamer size before purchasing the necessary cleaning reamer. Lycoming Mandatory Service Bulletin No. 388C required exhaust valve guide cleaning every 300 hours for helicopter engines and every 400 hours for all other engines. McFarlane valve guide reamers are for cleaning carbon build-up only and must not be used for finish reaming of new valve guides.

Photo by Jose Oliveros

Part Number
Finished Ream Diameter
(Corresponds to valve guide ID)
Pilot Diameter
(Corresponds to valve stem diameter)
Contains one of each sized reamer


Maintenance Tip:
Lycoming suggests using ordinary cup grease on the flutes of the reamer to remove deposits with the reamer rather than allowing the deposits to fall into the cylinder.

5 Valve Guide Cleaning Reamers
Part Number Description U/M Retail Price Your Discount Price Inventory Status  
VGR-LC-KT KIT, Valve Guide Cleaning Ream EACH $568.82 $403.37 Stock
VGR-LC1 REAMER, Valve Guide Cleaner, L EACH $130.78 $104.63 Stock
VGR-LC2 REAMER, Valve Guide Cleaner, L EACH $134.84 $107.86 Stock
VGR-LC3 REAMER, Valve Guide Cleaner, L EACH $126.33 $101.06 Stock
VGR-LC4 REAMER, Valve Guide Cleaner, L EACH $176.88 $141.50

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