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    Head bolts or Studs?

    What are you guys using? I feel studs are better,but some people are telling me to use stock head bolts. OK so all you big time engine builders lets here what you have to say.Pretty Please.Todd


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    I look at it from a point of do you plan on pulling the head again, unless it blows up? If not, go with the OEM ones. If your like me, and like to take a peak inside from time to time, its worth the re-usable studs.

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    headbolts

    stock one's are fine i run them on the big bore with no issues.

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    Studs are best for torquing nut to perfectly even clamping force. ARP's are best. I've heard you may have to trim the tops 1/4" for the cover to fit. I use ARP head bolts on my car... didnt need to pull the head just wanted to replace the low strength factory head bolts and torque down to 85 ft-lbs.

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    arp studs

    i had the arp studs in my motor for 2 hrs and blew a head gasket.... i took them out and through them in the garbage... i put back in a set of stock head bolts new head gasket and never looked back.

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    Do most of you use a special angle torque wrench or?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rxpdoo View Post
    stock one's are fine i run them on the big bore with no issues.
    I agree! I use the stock head bolts on my engines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vern View Post
    Do most of you use a special angle torque wrench or?

    This is what i use

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedfreeks racing View Post
    i had the arp studs in my motor for 2 hrs and blew a head gasket.... I took them out and through them in the garbage... I put back in a set of stock head bolts new head gasket and never looked back.
    me too.they suck big ass

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    Quote Originally Posted by hydrojunkie View Post
    me too.they suck big ass
    Jerry should pull those sucky ARP head studs out of the on-line. Anybody ever call ARP and ask them whats up with these poor quailty studs?

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