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3.4.1 - ARP Con-Rod Bolts for the XK Engine ( Terry Handley,  September 19, 2001 )

The XK Jaguar has a nice long Forged Steel Con Rod & if your Shop say's
that to use the old bolts is OK, they are D...H.... & obviously don't know
much about building good engines, you do want a good engine ?

This is not some engine your building in your backyard to just go ticky
ticky down to the Supermarket, your paying a shop to do the job ?

There are bolts available from various sources but they don't fit XK Con
/Rods so well, they are generally too loose, some are ARP & or Similar Bolts
that have been Linished down so as to be able to be fitted by the DIY
backyarder or the ill equipped shop to an XK Con Rod.

I warned Listers about those bodged bolts some 2/3 years ago.

Don't be fooled tricked or conned, after building testing, racing XK
engines for over 35 years I believe the BEST BOLT FOR YOUR XK ENGINE is an
Ford 351/400 M V/8, ARP Part Number, AR154-6001. & it costs much less then a
Standard inferior Jaguar Bolt & much less then a Bodged Linished ARP Bolt.

There is some good information on ARP's homepage and also other places, read
about floppy fitting bolts and you will realise the advantages of using a
properly fitted ARP Bolt, it should not be hard even for the DIY Back Yarder
to deduce that a Bodged ARP Bolt is not going to be worth a Cracker & of no
advantage over a standard from Ford or Jaguar Con Rod Bolt.

OH! Yeah Get this for the record Ser,3 XJ6 Con Rod Bolts need to be torqued
to 45 Ft lbs, otherwise they do not clamp.

37 Ft lb torque is for earlier xk con rod bolts.


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