I've got a low output 2.5 intake manifold leak at the head. I have the replacement gasket n all ready to put on. While I'm at it I plan to replace the exhaust manifold because i understand they're prone to cracking n they're dirt cheap as far as exhaust manifolds go. Given the common broken stud phenomenon that plagues these motors, I want to try n use an alternative to the factory hardware.
My question is, can/should I use stainless steel hardware for the manifolds (except the thick factory washers)? If so where can I find stainless steel studs for the front n back of the exhaust? The local hardware stores don't have stainless
I've looked on the Internet til my eyes dried up trying to find someone who makes em n found nothing
If you wouldn't use stainless, what would you use? If grade 8 breaks it will be hell getting out, grade 5 will rust fast n brass is.. Crap