Reusing rod bolts on a tight schedule.

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    So I am on a stupid tight schedule, like a couple days. Long story short, has anyone reused rod bolts on a stock 360? In a perfect world I know to replace them. But on a build that needs done in a few days can i get by with reusing the stock bolts? Any tips? I understand the consequences of my actions lol. Engine is going in a pickup. No hot rodding.
     
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    In a stock low rev motor I wouldn't bat an eye about the bolts. How out of round the rods are is the real question.
     
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      Yup, done it a lot of times in most every make engine. Rev hell out of it. If they break they break.
       
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        If the engine has never been apart, then you may be able to get away with reusing the rod bolts...

        They should not be tightened more than 5 times, or I would recommend replacing them... After 5 clamp cycles they can get stretched too much and weaken... If you use plastic gauge, then only do it once, not many times... Small cost compared to a thrown rod...
         
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          I've reused rod bolts lots of times and not had a problem; have the big ends checked for size, size IF needed and go
           
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          • Hellrats

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            In a pickup truck... hell yea. Reuse them :thumbsup:
             
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              Careful not to overtorque them but I'd have no trouble reusing them.
               
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              • MrJLR

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                You can lift an engine by the 1/4-20 carb screws....
                Bolts are much stronger than most people think.

                Jeff
                 
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                They are 5/16 fine thread, But I agree with you.
                 
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                  Which blows my mind visually, despite the strength predictions saying it is fine LOL.

                  Ditto with others; I've re-used rod bolts many many times, and a lot when racing 4 bangers.
                   
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                  Something else to think about....................in the section of a FSM that deals with overhauling an engine, from a 6 banger to a Hemi, I've not ever read anything that they recommend replacing rod bolts as a must do
                   
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