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I did some more research; both Ford and IH used Mahle bolts. I made some calls. 36 are on the way.
At first I was going to reuse the old bolts. I measured them and they are in specifications. But, I'm running a little more boost. Even though, the old bolts lasted three years and the sky did not fall.
IMO: Anyone can over build and have it work. It takes a smart person to build it strong enough, within economic constraints and not waste resources. It's called engineering.
I just happen to have two pieces of paper that claim I know something. They allowed me to retire at 55 and waste money on a diesel.
What I have learned from this thread is that head bolt discussion is similar to HPOPs, filters, additives, oil, tires, religion, politics and etc... For me, it's facts and data over ideology. It's who I am and I mean no disrespect to anyone here.
I hope everyone has a good weekend.
It's funny how folks will spend a ton of money on machine work, meticulously picking out pistons, coatings, tunes, turbos, and all the parts needed to build a quality engine, then cheap out on the very simple things that hold it all together. All your "paper" won't mean a whole lot when your engine fails. Spend what you want, but ARP is proven technology. I would not only use the head studs, but the main studs, and rod bolts also. I may never need that much stregnth but the technology is proven for an even slightly modded engine is more stress inducing than a stock set up. Why risk thousands to save a couple of hundred. Seems silly. By the way, I've got paper too, and I have to correct engineers all the time for their lack of real world experience. The guys in the field often have the "real" answer to engineering shortcomings. Good luck with your build and hope everything cones together as you with. I hate to see powerstrokes on the roadside.
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1996 F350 CC 7.3 5-SPD