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Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 11:24 pm 
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hey people...im doing my head gaskets this weekend..just wondering if im gonna need new headbolts or should i just use the old ones....cheers
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Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 11:32 pm 
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New new new!

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 12:12 am 
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Upto you mate, new is always good but not crucial for an 8.
If it were a 6 then it's a must to fit new.
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Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 8:27 am 
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Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 8:49 am 
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i would always go new

paul why not so important on the 8's??

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:46 am 
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Ive never changed the head bolts in my clevo, so for what its worth Im with the girly man walker also.

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 11:31 am 
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Disco Frank wrote:
i would always go new

paul why not so important on the 8's??

The 8's don't have the faults that the 6 bolts did.
To be honest the only engine i have ever fitted new bolts to are the 3.9 and 4.0 sixes... but once you update to the AU bolts you're pretty well right.
I lost count of the times i have lifted an I6 rocker cover off and found the head of a bolt floating around the top of the head.


I have forgotten how many heads and engines i have done on many different makes and never had a problem, but Just check for any corroded bolts that run in water jackets, if they're eaten away then replace them.
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Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 11:34 am 
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I just want to add, the most important thing is "Clean" the bolts and threads, wirebrush the threads up so you can eat off them.
Also if i haven't got a tap to clean the block threads, i grab an old bolt and grind a couple of slots down the thread with the grinder, run it up and down the threads with a bit of oil on it then blow it out with the compressor.
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Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 4:10 pm 
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You CANT re-use oem head bolts on a Windsor. They are torque to yield bolts, and they cannot be torqued correctly again after they have been used.

Get some ARP head bolts, follow the instructions for torquing them down properly (no you dont just put them in and torque them to XX). ARP head bolts can be re-used.
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Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 7:06 pm 
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I used my old ones just cleaned them up on a wire wheel. Had no problens with them.
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Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:04 pm 
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i got a set of Durabond ones.. i was told the ARP only make the stud kits for the Windsor...they were like $200 so i settled with the durabond for a quarter of the price...when i build the stroker ill use full ARP fastening kit..cheers guys
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Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:32 pm 
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it's better to be safe then sorry and replace the bolts there not the dear and its good pice of mind.

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:45 pm 
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and u cant do it this weekend! it is teh fordmods crusie!

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 11:12 pm 
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Disco Frank wrote:
and u cant do it this weekend! it is teh fordmods crusie!

i realise this.....but its not till 2pm..if i make a start on it straight after work on saturday, i can work on it for a couple of hours before i go out, then finish it sunday morning after having 3 hrs sleep, then cruize...wat u reckon Frank..??
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Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 11:15 pm 
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You'd be mad to re-use TTY bolts...but whatever.

ARP head bolts are about $60-70 from VPW last time I checked.
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