the lift bolts would in no way make a ticking sound.
our valve train is VERY loud. also your valve clearance will change over time. you might wanangive that a check and make sure everything is on the up & up. if the roller side is off compared to the slipper side, you'll get an anoying tick. ask anyone at the last so cal meet how my car sounded
you could hear the tick louder then the exhaust (which is hella loud with no muffler)
so give that a shot and see what happens.