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Old 06-23-2013, 10:50 PM   #1
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Stage 8 locking header bolts

Any good? I thought they were the cats ass but after searching I am not sure. The guy I bought my headers from hooked me up with some brand new ones in the box and I am tempted to use them or sell them and buy the ARP bolts or studs.
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:06 PM   #2
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I really like them used them on my 69, same with header to exhaust flange bolts.

Worked really good little anti sieze and you are golden.
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:11 PM   #3
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You know what i'd suggest you do but i'll make it easy for you JUST THIS ONE TIME.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...g+header+bolts

FWIW, I used your exact title header in the search box.
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:37 PM   #4
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You know what i'd suggest you do but i'll make it easy for you JUST THIS ONE TIME.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...g+header+bolts

FWIW, I used your exact title header in the search box.
Yep I did search, as I mentioned, silly.

I just didn't want to base a decision off of one thread where 2 people said they liked them, 2 people didn't and 2 people said stockers were fine
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:52 AM   #5
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Haha, my thread is useful! I acually just ended up going with my OEM.
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^^^lol yup I've had the same OEM bolts on my fourth gen since 2001 with an Ls1 now it's got an Ls3 with the same bolts lol. They have never backed off either. Lol
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OEM bolts work fine but if you have them you might as well use them.

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Yep I did search, as I mentioned, silly.

I just didn't want to base a decision off of one thread where 2 people said they liked them, 2 people didn't and 2 people said stockers were fine
No matter what the people suggested, I think that thread does have some very useful info in it. Either will work fine and hold well. If you're wanting the looks, they are a good option along with ARP studs. If you're just wanting something that won't back out, stockers are fine. There is the hassle issue to take into account.
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I have used studs in the past and Stage 8 header bolts, on my old-school Cutlass that had a SBC in it. The studs worked well but I continued to have issues. The Stage 8 ended the problem and I had none come loose and lost no gaskets for the last 8 years or so that I owned the car. I can say they were not a great grade of stainless, though. They eventually corroded.
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:11 PM   #10
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Any good? I thought they were the cats ass but after searching I am not sure. The guy I bought my headers from hooked me up with some brand new ones in the box and I am tempted to use them or sell them and buy the ARP bolts or studs.
Use the OEM bolts, sell the Stage 8s, and put the $$ towards something else. Torque them down to the proper spec, check them after a few heat/cool cycles, and you will be just fine.
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I have always been 50/50 on them. In my experience they take 3x as long to put on than normal bolts and are a pain to get off if you need to. The main advantage over standard bolts is that you do not have to go back and tighten the bolts later after the car has heat cycled some. Normally the standard bolts only have to be retightened ones, so it really comes down to your preference.
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