|Originally posted by Purple86GT:|
That's not what the ARP tech told me, he assured me the ARP 234-1001 would be up to the task.
I agree that given the option, I would prefer the GM bolts designed for this purpose. However, some of us are having interference problems. There was confusion over the actual torque values, I called ARP and posted my findings to help others in the same situation.
Is the company ARP itself, willing to guarantee that statement and fix any failures and damages that are the result of using the 234-1001 bolts for this task if they fail?
My problem is one day we talk to one tech at ARP that says under no circumstances that the ARP bolts made for a SBC cam sprocket should ever be used to hold a flywheel onto the crank of a 3800. And another day you talk to a different tech that says it is ok. Who do we believe?
I've never had a problem with interference with the GM flywheel bolts. Anyone that has is either trying to use mix-matched parts, incorrectly installing the clutch disc, or is trying to use unproven clutch components with the 3800. I've installed at least half a dozen 3800 SC engines into Fieros that had manual transmissions and never had an issue with OE GM flywheel to crank bolts breaking or interfering with the clutch disc or any clutch component.
[This message has been edited by Darth Fiero (edited 05-23-2014).]