Ahhhh.....Good point. Disregard the above. Maybe someone that has a stage 2 hot cam will comment.
Keep us posted with what you find.
You know I think I already know the problem. After reading that article more closely I realized I'm probably setting everything too loose. The key part being this:
'On the intake valves a size .178 mm/.007 in. feeler gauge might still tightly squeeze in, this is ok, but a .203mm/.008in. should not fit. On the exhaust valves a .229mm/.009 in. might fight its way in but a .2254mm/010in. should not gain access.'
Before I ****ed everything up I took baseline readings and they coincide exactly with the above quote. So everything was probably still in spec! One thing I'm sure of is everything is looser than my baseline readings which probably explains the ticking. When I was doing the baseline and checked with the .152mm and .203mm feelers in the intake and exhaust valves (respectively) I found them quite tight. I've always set valves so that there is only a slight bit of drag on the median setting (.15 and .20). I guess this isn't the case with the XR. I'm going to set them tonight based on the article and I'll let everyone know.
It's a good thing I don't do this for a living - my customers would be a little upset when they got the shop bill for three days labour