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Old December 25th, 2010, 01:11 AM   #1
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arp head studs vs stock replacement head bolts.


I haven't checked with my local dealership yet on the price of stock head bolts. what would they cost? arp studs will run about 250 from my local speed shop. are they worth the coin on a fully built n/a motor with nitrous? am I a douche for not searching first?
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Old December 25th, 2010, 01:25 AM   #2
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Get the ARPs
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Old December 25th, 2010, 01:27 AM   #3
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ARP hands down, they are stronger and re-usable. The only downside is that you can't pull or install the heads in the car.
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Old December 25th, 2010, 01:45 AM   #4
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I think its worth it just because they are reusable.
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The arp's are stronger and reusable. On the other hand like someone above mentioned you cant pull the heads in the car. Soooo a quick few hour pulling a head, swapping heads, etc job now turns into a bigger mess all bc some studs. So in the end its up to you.

As for the price of the ford bolts theyre cheap. You can get the FMS head change kit for $100-110. Comes with head gaskets, head bolts, and few other misc things. If youre thinking "well I dont need the whole kit"...well thats the cheapest way to get them for the most part considering what you get for the price you pay. You can get the off the wall felpro bolts for $40 or so a set from the parts store, not sure what oem goes for for just the bolts. or you can pay 20-30 bucks more and get gaskets and all, even if youre not gonna use them it dont hurt to have extras
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the newer arp bolts have allen heads on top so you can pull them out with the motor in the car. i have not done it yet but i imagine it can be done.
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Arp bolts are the way to go. I did, they are expensive but worth it. Anybody who has rebuilt a engine or knows about rebuilding one will tell you the same.
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Old December 25th, 2010, 12:55 PM   #8
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The only way I can see them being worth it unless you plan on pulling the heads more than twice other than that a good set of arp head bolts should do it. my .02
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Old December 25th, 2010, 12:55 PM   #9
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I'll state right now that I haven't rebuilt yet but when I do I'll be using ARP. It leaves more options open if you do decide to build so that you're not re-buying parts down the road when/if you want to go another direction with you're build.
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