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Old 12-03-2019, 10:03 AM
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I installed the Fel Pro 17030 perma torque head gaskets on my small block chevy. I of course did not follow the instructions that say to torque the head and then wait 10 minutes and then loosen each head bolt and then re-torque theme at a time in sequence.

I am running edelbrock aluminum heads and arp head studs

The engine probably has about 15 minutes of run time on it, but has been assembled for a good 6 months or so.

As I see it, my options are

1: replace the head gaskets with new ones and follow the instructions
2: go back now and complete the install procedure by loosening and re-torueing each head stud one at a time in sequence
3: send it

What do you guys suggest?

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i never retorque them and never had a problem.through the years i have installed hundreds of them with 0 issues.
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Same here, but I do use the ARP Ultra Torque Assembly Lube
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You can do what you think is better.

But, like you mentioned option #3, I make like Larry Enticer on felpro permatorque head gaskets.
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Originally Posted by F-2 Speedy View Post
Same here, but I do use the ARP Ultra Torque Assembly Lube
as do i.i apply it on both sides of the washer and i use leak lok on the threads that go into the block.

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Ive never done the torque and re-loosen, I have went over them twice at max tq though, I wouldnt give it another thought, Smitty
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Old 12-03-2019, 03:42 PM
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excellent, thanks for the responses. That's a consensus where I come from.

I used the arp ultra torque assembly lube as directed as well.

I am going to send it.

Russ

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Torque the head bolts from the center to the outside in a 3 step sequence, I take them all to 40 then to 60 then to the finish spec around 70-75lbs depending on application
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#2 and send it!
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