Volume I, Issue 1, Page 48

Beehive springs offer a number of benefits including quicker valve opening performance through compression of the top coils first.  You’ve also got to admit that they look pretty cool, too!

Beehive springs are great, but which one is
right for you?

Quick!  What’s the fastest moving component in your car’s engine?

If you’ve taken a hint from the title of this article, you probably guessed correctly; it’s the valve springs, those tight little bundles of joy that open and close the engine’s valves. But the big question is: Are all springs created equal?

In testing at COMP Cams’ R & D facility, Beehive springs were put to the test against conventional cylindrical springs on the company’s in-house Spintron machine.

Here’s an assortment of springs and retainers. Note the significant difference in retainer sizing.



Valve springs are made from a highly specialized wire and most are wound in a fashion where the diameter is the same from top to bottom.  Compounds vary, depending on how much pressure they are required to yield and the particular use of the engine. But there are a couple of designs that have broken tradition, and one of them is from COMP Cams, among other spring manufacturers.

According to tests completed by COMP, the company’s unique Beehive springs offer a huge number of benefits over stock-style cylindrical springs, including reduced valve spring mass, faster valve acceleration, increased valve train rigidity, and reduced valve train component stress among other benefits.

The word has gotten out in the performance world and folks all over the country are using them for a wide variety of applications from street performance to extreme racing endeavors, boat racing to

But along with that success has come some confusion over exactly the right Beehive spring to use for each unique application. Currently there are over a dozen Beehive spring styles out there, each with different features from seat pocket diameter, ovate wiring diameter, coil pitch to internal spring "frequency." Regardless, the minor confusion in most cases is easily cured.

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