Head studs - for a mild build.

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Head studs - for a mild build.

Post  75truck on Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:41 pm

Building a mild 429 motor for truck with Mildly upgraded heads.

I would like to use studs rather than bolts.

I see that Speedmaster has them for $79.




ARP has them for $209.


Any thoughts?  Any experience with the Speedmaster ones?    Will not be racing this motor.

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Re: Head studs - for a mild build.

Post  BBFTorino on Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:01 am

SpeedMaster is ProComp.
It is absolute JUNK from China.
I personally would not use them for fear that they will snap while attempting to torque the heads down.
Pay the extra $$ and get the real deal....ARP.

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Re: Head studs - for a mild build.

Post  Gregaust on Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:35 am

Use factory bolts before Speedmaster rubbish

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Re: Head studs - for a mild build.

Post  dfree383 on Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:19 am

ARP if youre hell bent on studs.

Factory bolts are more than adequate in your application.

Do yourself a favor, never use a procomp or speedmaster part in anything that's critical because their reputation is horrible for poor quality.


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Re: Head studs - for a mild build.

Post  D. Sea on Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:46 am

13.5:1 compression and 825hp using factory head bolts.

IMO spend your money elsewhere...
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Ok!

Post  75truck on Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:16 am

Got the point. Thank you for all your experience - that is what I need.

I'll go with the bolts.

Thanx

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Re: Head studs - for a mild build.

Post  maverick on Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:27 am

Studs are nice on the engine stand, but I learned...if you have a tight engine bay (and most street machines with a BBF do.) you can't pull the heads unless the studs come out...or the engine does. Rolling Eyes
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