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Installing Head Studs

I have a chevy 350 and I bought some ARP Head Studs from a friend who never used them. The box was open and the studs were new, but there were no instructions to install them. I know about the obvious, like chasing the threads with a tap and using teflon or a non hardening sealant to coat the threads that will be inserted into the block. Ive heard to start, I should thread the studs into the block finger tight, I have also heard I should thread them in and then torque them to 10 ft lbs. what is right? Can anyone give me the whole scoop? Ive also heard that studs if not installed right can crack the block, is that BS or one of my buddies trying to score these studs?

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far as I know, you only install them finger tight. However, you can may look this up in the Knowledge base of this site or check ARP`s web site.
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Thats right finger tight with sealer.
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Ive also heard that studs if not installed right can crack the block, is that BS or one of my buddies trying to score these studs?

It is truly BS.
Finger tight only, Dart recommends Permatex # 2 sealer for the water jacket studs. Works good on my heads, no leaks.
Only a SMALL amount on the threads.
Remember to torque to pattern in 3 steps.
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