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When to replace camshafts and buckets/lifters?

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Hey folks, wanted some weigh in.

Working on my project K4 750, and it's got about 40k+ miles. It had pretty worn camshaft lobes, so I replaced the camshafts with used ones that were in better shape than my set. The wear looked like scratches/scuffing on the lobe tips, no chunks missing or anything that crazy, but enough I thought that replacing with used better ones would help it last longer. Haven't run the engine at all yet since replacement, due to other parts being worked on.

Anyhow, I've never opened up a bike engine that had lifters/buckets with any tangible wear. Sometimes they have visible wear patterns, but absolutely nothing you could feel with a fingernail, pick, or anything. The camshafts on this bike in particular as I mentioned had some pitting on the tips of certain lobes.

I guess the pitting on the lobe tips didn't cause tangible wear on the lifter/buckets. The pitting was very mild, but enough to me that I would like to try and not run those. The lifters looked absolutely flat, uniform, and good, with one exception, and it had a circular wear pattern on the head of the bucket, but again nothing I could feel in any capacity.

Question is, if you never run a stock motor out of oil or abusing the engine or anything like that, when or how would camshafts and lifters wear enough to warrant actual replacement?

Are lifters harder materials, and hopefully would result in only camshaft lobe wear, and not both? What level of wear is unacceptable for lifters?

What do you guys think?
Thanks in advance.
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The crank & rod bearings will have oil starvation...ending the suspense, long before you have to worry about the top end.
Top end wear is usually indicative of crappy oil, extended oil change service intervals, lack of maintenance (valve sets) etc.
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It's one of those long is a piece of string?
Worn is worn.
Or just ride the thing.
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