Of all the reasons for exhaust-valve failure, it is believed by many that extreme temperature is the greatest factor. For this reason, Manley has developed a special stainless-steel exhaust valve that runs about 200 degrees cooler than a similar-weight titanium exhaust valve. Manley calls this new valve the NexTek, and it has a design and properties that make it worthy of that name.
The Valve DesignThe NexTek valve uses XH-428 stainless steel and a completely new manufacturing technique to create a valve with a hollow stem and head. The hollow sections of the valve are filled with sodium. The sodium provides an internal cooling mechanism for the valve, drawing heat away from the valve head. This design creates a valve that offers the strength of a stainless-steel valve, is almost as light as a titanium valve (within 10 percent), and offers increased durability and reliability.
The chrome stem and integral hard tip, hardened to Rockwell Rc 55, ensure the valve will withstand the rigors of racing, and the swirl-polished stem promotes flow through the port.
Properties to SurviveThe NexTek valve runs cooler than a titanium exhaust valve at the critical valve head area, which is very important with the increasing trend in compression-limited race engines. Through testing, it has been determined that a peak performing 9:1 compression race engine hashigher exhaust-gas temperatures (EGT) than a 14:1 compression race engine. With this knowledge, race-engine builders know the exhaust valve needs to be able to withstand even more temperature abuse with low-compression race engines. Instead of abandoning the low-weight titanium exhaust valves and sacrificing rpm in favor of durability, engine builders can choose the NexTek valves and have the best of both worlds. Manley offers these valves for everything from a small-block Chevy or Ford head to the wildest Winston Cup heads (SB2 and Yates) you can imagine. If you have heat-killing exhaust temperatures in your engine, check out the NexTek valve-it could be the solution to high EGT valve failures.
ManufacturerManley Performance ProductsDept. CT021960 Swarthmore Ave.Lakewood, NJ 08701(201) 905-3366