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I usually switch to studs....

October 4 2017 at 10:35 AM
Brent Lykins  (Login blykins)

Response to Studs vs Bolts question

....when I'm gonna be in the 550-600 hp mark or going to be over 6000 rpms. Studs require a little extra work around the rear main cap as well. An oil pan won't bolt on over studs in the rear cap, so when I run studs on a factory block, I'll usually put bolts in the rear cap. Even on some of the aftermarket blocks, the pan needs to be dimpled around the rear flange to help it sit down all the way.

On stud installation, it will depend on the stud, but most need to be screwed in, then backed out a hair. On some of your higher priced studs, they will have bullet noses on the ends so you can screw them all the way in.

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