Just so people don't get the wrong idea this is still broken . I could win an Olympic medal for all the running around and lifting I have done to it so far. Here is a list of what I have done in my off days .
Lower and upper intake (pulled twice )
Lifters removed (pulled ,inspected, disassembled ,cleaned ,and re-assembled )
Push rods (pulled,inspected ,cleaned ,inspected again , 3 were replaced .
Rocker arm studs (replaced all 12)
Rocker arms (inspected , cleaned , and re-torqued ).
Exhaust manifold right side (inspected for cracks ,and replaced gaskets).
Exhaust manifold right side (untouched).
Doughnut gasket passenger side (replaced)
Oil (flushed with seafoam ,atf4, and replaced with 10w40 reduced the tick).
Tune up (replaced oil,plugs,wires,air/oil filter ,and added b12 chemtool to fuel.
Egr valve (cleaned with qtip and b12 chemtool )
Map sensor (replaced)
pcv valve (replaced)
Mass air flow sensor (cleaned )
The engine was run without the valve covers and no lifter tick was found.
The assumption is the engine was ticking from multiple sources .
After the intake was pulled and the lifters cleaned the tick reduced lightly .
When I added 10w40 oil in place of 5w30 the tick reduced yet further .
After all of this i have only managed to reduce the tick forty to sixty percent.
Anyone got any idea'* ?