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Old 04-28-2004, 06:41 PM
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Eagle rod caps

Just trying to get the rod caps of my new eagle h beam rods.Is there a trick to get them off ,or do i need some type of tool.Im asking because i don't want to damage them.Thanks and hope you can help.
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Old 04-28-2004, 07:51 PM
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Once the bolts are removed the caps are held in place by two large dowels. It is a tight fit but, they should come apart. If you have a wooden or rubber mallet, you might want to give them a few taps. Just don't pry on them or gouge them in any way.

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Thanks.Took bolts out tapped on it a few times .Cap did come not loose.Didn't want to force it so i thought i would ask someone for advice
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As received, your rods are probably pretty round. But that is misleading. I find that Eagle rods (and others) are not torqued properly before machining. If you torque your rods to the proper stretch, you will find they are out-of-round and will need to be honed on a rod machine. If your rods are Small-block Chevy rods, the bolts should be stretched to .005"-.006", which will take 60-65 ft lbs of torque with the moly lube supplied with the rods. Be sure to lube the bolt well, the threads and the underhead part of the bolt. If you follow the torque specs supplied with the rods alone, the bolts will only stretch .003"-.004". The Eagle I-beams are worse, they will go .003"-.004" out-of-round when properly torqued.

To get the caps off the rods, back the bolts out 5-6 turns and tap the bolt head squarely with a brass hammer.

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Hey Tom, I've been sitting on a set of Eagle I beams for a while and can't locate their lube now that it's assembly time. Are there any issues about using a quality moly lube from my local auto parts store?

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If the rod bolts are torqued per Eagles provided instructions will they be out of limits on out-of-round, or only if they are torqued to get the .005 -.006" stretch?
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If they are torqued to ARP's (they make the bolts) stretch recommendations, the H-beam rods will be out-of-round. I have used Crane moly cam lube and it seems to be ok.

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This is the first I have heard of this Tom. Very good info, I could have used it a couple months ago, LOL. I have Eagle H-beam rods in my engine but, upgraded the bolts to "ARP Pro Series", I have a good machine shop and I asked them to check out the rods so hopefully I won't have any issues. If I remembr right the instuctions with the Pro Series bolts were to toque and loosen the bolts three times and then final torque at 63ft lbs. I would have to look at my notes to be sure. I guess time will tell. I will keep this in mind from now on.

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Thanks Tom. Tapping on rod boltsworked great.New rods for my bb chevy.Didnt want to mess them up after finally getting all my parts together for my rebuild.
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