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Old July 8th, 2011, 08:12 AM
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ARP bolts or studs

Searched threads and ARP site but still unsure of what to order. Studs or bolts? I guess it's a tossup, but bolts seem to me more convenient. I'm so done with fuggin stretch bolts. At the rate I am going through head gaskets, I can't see $200 for bolts every time I need to replace them.
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Old July 8th, 2011, 08:38 AM
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Studs. You can use the old metal head gasket with the studs and up the compression (or retain it).
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Old July 8th, 2011, 09:30 AM
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Sure it is a headgasket issue and not a leaking block or slipped sleeve? I see LOTS or leaking blocks now adays.

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Old July 8th, 2011, 09:49 AM
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You can use earlier non-stretch type head bolts (pre-'95) with either gasket type.
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Old July 8th, 2011, 12:54 PM
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Use steel gaskets and non-stretch bolts and be done with it. The composite gaskets and stretch bolts seem to cause more seepage and sludge than the earlier type. I only use the studs if I'm build'n a hotrod motor for a client. If you go with the steel gasket/bolts remember to follow the 'ol school torque seqeunce and pattern and order one extra bolt to take the place of the alternator stud that comes with the steel bolt kit.
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studs seem to be more consistent and they are reusable.
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I've used both, but I'm not sure I have a preference. If you have the room, studs make it easier to mount the heads. If you are tight on room, studs can make it bloody difficult to pull the heads.
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Old July 8th, 2011, 04:12 PM
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Like Tony said...studs are a tight fit depending on the application(D2,P38,ect).
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Sure it is a headgasket issue and not a leaking block or slipped sleeve? I see LOTS or leaking blocks now adays.

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Eric I'm pretty well sure it's not the block since the last time I did the head gaskets it was all fine and dandy. Now it is showing signs of leakage again with the engine pushing a little sweet smelling steam out the tailpipe as it warms up. Once it reaches operating temp it's all good and no odd emissions.

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I've used both, but I'm not sure I have a preference. If you have the room, studs make it easier to mount the heads. If you are tight on room, studs can make it bloody difficult to pull the heads.
Obviously you haven't been near a RRC recently. There is not even enough room to change your mind.
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Can you use ARP studs on a D2 4.6 ?
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Rover V8s were relatively the same for nearly 30 years, this has nothing to do with using head studs..
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Better than regular bolt kit ?
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yes.
Rover V8s were relatively the same for nearly 30 years, this has nothing to do with using head studs..
.....and for the first 20 yrs the metal head gaskets with the 3rd row of bolts were a common failure issue . I definately wouldn't recommend using them with the motors designed for composite gaskets........or using regular bolts with the composite....
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