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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
If you are using torque-to-yield bolts, which I think came on the 96 engines, you have to use an angle meter. Otherwise you won't get the right amount of clamping on the heads.
Torque angle meters are pretty cheap.
Or you could get a set of regular head bolts and run them down to 65 lb/ft.
Also, don't re-use a torque-to-yield bolt. As their name implies, you torque them down until they take a permanent stretch (yield). Once tightened down and loosened, they don't go back to their original dimension and strength.
Here's an article with more info.
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
If using ARP's, then you need to follow the specs for the ARP bolts.. I like using regular GM headbolts. That way I don't have to worry about all the extra red tape. I just tighten them down to 65 ft/lbs in 3-4 steps and call it good.
 
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