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than 2v and 4 valve terminators. can they be used in are motors with out any modifications or carzyness
 

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3V motors come from the factory with 2V pistons in them. However, most aftermarket pistons come with 3V reliefs cut into them.
 

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well since i have a saleen s/c i would want low compression pistons, so does that mean they would work
 

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well since i have a saleen s/c i would want low compression pistons, so does that mean they would work
I'm not going to be the one to make that determination for you.
It is between you, your engine builder and your supplier.

EDIT: if you look at this link you will see that there are no corresponding part numbers between 2v/4v and 3v pistons.
http://www.lastcallracing.com/engine-pistons.html
 

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A high compression piston has cutouts for the valves.
A dished piston has no cutouts for the valves hence no difference.

I would only use a piston that is approved for the application it is intended.
My JE Dished pistons have 3 reliefs for valves.
 

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4.6 pistons usually have a deck clearance (top of the piston to top of the block) of .008. The 5.4 engines have a substantially larger .120 deck clearance.

The three valve pistons have an exhaust relief cut on both sides of the piston so that the piston can be used in either bank to accomidate the variable cam timing. The reliefs are on the edge of the piston, not in the dish area. Most 2V and 4V pistons do not have reliefs (dome pistons are a different story) and they would be in an entirely different location if they did.

I would not use a 2V or 4V piston in a 3V unless you want to possibly bend an exhaust valve.

Get an aftermarket forged 3V piston (Manley, Diamond, Probe, Mahle), they have all the compression ratio combinations you would need for most applications with the proper reliefs.
 
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