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Reuse 304 flywheel bolts??

Hello there, just wondering if I should reuse my flywheel bolts with my new flywheel for the 304. They thread into the crank fine but when you put the flywheel on to the crank they seem to be quite hard to thread in. Possibly stretched??

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If the bolts thread into the crankshaft fine without the flywheel then that tells me the threads are fine. The resistance is probably from the flywheel not being lined up perfectly. Lots of people reuse hardware when rebuilding engines, especially when its a stock type situation. If its a high performance type build, I lean towards replacing hardware under load.

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A new set of bolts doesn't cost that much. Probably the best way to go.
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Just looking at the mr gasket kit for $20. I'll probably just go with the new bolts even though the 304 is basically the stock setup. Thanks guys
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Just looking at the mr gasket kit for $20. I'll probably just go with the new bolts even though the 304 is basically the stock setup. Thanks guys

I just ended up using the stock bolts since mine were in good shape. I looked into the mr.gasket ones but read that they were a bit to long. I could be incorrect but just thought I should throw that it out there.

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I have done hundreds of clutch jobs (flywheels resurfaced) and have never replaced a flywheel bolt that wasn't missing or obviously damaged with zero failures. As stated above, sounds like a flywheel alignment issue.

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It makes me think, I only tried bolting the flywheel on one way. Ill rotate it around and see if that helps the bolts thread in better. I have new bolts on the way just in case
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It makes me think, I only tried bolting the flywheel on one way. Ill rotate it around and see if that helps the bolts thread in better. I have new bolts on the way just in case

Try running a tap through the holes before bolting it up to clean out the threads.

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It makes me think, I only tried bolting the flywheel on one way. Ill rotate it around and see if that helps the bolts thread in better. I have new bolts on the way just in case
I can't remember if it applies to AMC engines but on some engines, the bolt holes are offset so they line up only one way. But I think it's obvious when you try to mount the fly wheel.
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