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Ok I just finished installing a new head everything is working fine.Is there a proper break-in procedure and what about retorqueing the head bolts do I need to break the head bolts loose first then retorque???? :?
 

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Yes, you do break them loose before retorquing, to get an accurate torque reading. When I retorqued the head bolts on my Spacecab 2.6, there was quite a change in bolt tension.

Break-loose-and-retorque only one bolt at a time; and torque in the standard pattern, starting from the center of the head and working outwards.
 

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I re-torque mine at 1000 miles, I guess doing it twice wouldn't hurt.
 

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I reinstalled my original head when I rebuilt my bottom end, there was no evidence of water in the oil when I disassembled it. I used the Rock import head gasket that came with my kit. When I retorqued the bolts after 100 miles, I noticed I got another 1/8 to 1/4 turn.
 

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badercarma said:
I re-torque mine at 1000 miles, I guess doing it twice wouldn't hurt.
Me too. Should start doing it more often I guess.
 
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