you don't need to go with ti retainers IMHO, if you aren't running high revs for a long time or need that extra 300 rpm.
I've known people who use stock 13 g retainers in high performance street B18C's with 9300 rpm redlines (including me). I also know some people who believed the hype and got the ti retainers when they did not need to and:
- in some cases, the retainer popped or cracked (improper fit and clearance from the first older Crower ti retainers leading to an incorrect valvespring installed height...Brian's fixed that now)...piston to valve contact was the result of that.
- in some cases, the retainer galled the valvespring causing it to fail and collapse with the resultant catastrophe associated with that. This usually happens with stiffer valvesprings.
Know WHY you are getting a ti retainer and WHEN you should upgrade to one. Ask yourself: What is the reason for doing it and is my engine ever going to be in a situation where I need this ? (i.e. high heat in FI, high heat with 5-10 min. of continuous revs above 6000 rpm and never dropping below 6000 rpm as in a Solo I lapping event, or need for lightened valvetrain mass for higher rpms)
If you were going to get them as I said, I recommed Portflow 7.3 g retainers ($160/set)which have the proper clearances to give you the proper installed height and nitride coating them to prevent valvespring galling and add further strenth and heat resistance. Never have seen or heard any bad reports about their retainers. Nitride coating adds a bit of weight but it's not substantial. The added cost of coating is about $80/set.