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Unread 01-30-2015, 09:30 AM   #1
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Can I cut down head bolts?

Hey guys. Rebuilding my 4.0. Just got my new head bolts, and my deepest socket won't clear the top threaded section of some of the new bolts.

My question is, can I cut 1/2" off the top of them? Or would this compromise the strength of the bolts?

If I can't cut, just means I will have to go buy a really deep 1/2 - 12 point socket.

Thanks in advance for any replies! :-)

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Unread 01-30-2015, 07:51 PM   #2
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I's personaly buy a deep well socket over chopping some new head bolts up....
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Unread 02-06-2015, 06:58 PM   #3
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If the bolts are to long for a deep well socket they aren't seated all the way in or the incorrect bolts. Like Ironworker said I wouldn't cut them. If you have to cut the head bolts its possible but you want to keep them cool so you don't mess with the properties of the metal.
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Unread 02-06-2015, 07:16 PM   #4
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It's not that the bolts are wrong. It's the threads on the top part of the bolts, the heads are 1/2" 12 points. My deep sockets don't clear the extra threads on top.

I'm not going to cut them. I will take one with me to harbor freight and buy a extra tall socket.
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Unread 02-08-2015, 02:07 PM   #5
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Solved my problem. Put my socket in my drill press and drilled out with 1/2" bit. After putting it in the freezer and some oil, hollowed out enough material so it clears those threads now.

Thanks for all the input guys!
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