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Old 09-19-2010, 07:53 PM
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Anyone using these valve cover hold downs from Spectre?

http://www.spectreperformance.com/#CATALOG.52985





OK, here's the dealio.....

One of my passenger side valve cover bolt holes is stripped

I plan on installing a heli-coil, but also want to add studs to all of the holes so I can pull the covers for valve adjustments without ruining anymore threads

Now, the usual T-Bolts/Wing-Bolts won't fit because my motor is recessed into the firewall and has minimal clearance for the rear bolts



So I'm looking into skinny hold downs that have separate studs like the Spectre ones above

Anyone use these?

Are the caps steel or plastic?

The local speed shops don't carry them on the shelves, so I can't see for myself until I place an order

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Old 09-19-2010, 08:05 PM
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They look pretty good i have never used them, But the stem itself being billit steel you would think the cap would be also. I wonder if the cap screws down or is a press on cap to acess the allen head for tightening.


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OK, I ordered 4 sets from Amazon and they just came in...

The caps are steel and they screw onto the threaded top

Very solid
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Might have to get some. I need studs. It's such a pain to keep the gasket inline when putting on the covers. Look nice.

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Yeah, they drop in nicely with the studs in place, but my main reason for going with the studs is because one of the holes got stripped

Had to install a hei-coil, but it wasn't easy

My dad took my angle drill to do a camera install at Disney, so I had to make due with a piece of $h!t HF 90* adaptor :o



The drill bit was too long, so I had to hack it with a cut-off wheel, but then it wouldn't center on the drill chuck because of the grooves, so I had to weld the grooves and grind it round just to get it centered



The whole setup just barely fit, but it worked





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Looks sharp

Always has to be the worst one to get to that strips, doesn't it?? Couldn't be one right out in the open.

Do you know if they make them in different lengths??
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Do you know if they make them in different lengths??

I don't think Spectre does, but I've seen other similar styled ones that are slightly shorter, like these Billet ones....






Not sure if the studs are removable though
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Looking good. I really like the way they look, i will check into the shorter ones.


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Just another approach, for me I installed studs and used washers and nuts to fasten the valve covers. That will work in crowded areas, clean appearance, and they stay tight. Not knocking the specter stuff but those T handle and extended valve cover fasteners have a tendency to loose up, keep an eye on them is all I am saying.
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