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Old 02-05-2011, 12:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Inspired by a comment made by hatchaddict in a thread last week I wanted to make myself one of the thread chasers he said he uses.

Sounded like a great idea to me, saves needing to get out the taps just to chase threads with.

He said how he made it but didn't describe it fully so I wanted to make this so that anyone can make one and keep it around the toolbox/shop.

Materials needed:
Used (or new if you're a baller) d-series headbolt
Angle grinder or a similar thickness disc on a dremel tool
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Vise or a trusting friend with a pair of pliers/vise grips.

What to do:

Take your headbolt and clamp it tight in a vise with the threaded end facing you (you'll be grinding notches into the threaded end of the bolt) If no vise is available get a friend to help hold the bolt with a pair or pliers or something.

Like so:


Then, you'll want to take your angle grinder and make a notch up into the threads towards the head of the bolt (I suggest to wear safety glasses or a face shield for this part of the process). Be sure not to go too deep as you'll be doing the same on the other side and will need a bit of material in the center so the bolt keeps its general shape and strength.

You'll want it to look like this on both sides:


Then, to use it you simply thread it down to the bottom of the head bolt hole and remove it. You'll see that your notches have filled with crud, like this:


Clean the notches of your chaser out and repeat this process. Follow each chase with brake cleaner, wd40, etc if you like, just be sure to tip the block over and let it drain out or blow the holes out with air afterward.

Removing the crap that collects in these threads is very important as a bit of this gunk can cause the torque wrench to read wrong and the bolt not actually tighten down well on the head which could cause headgasket failure and warped heads. This quick and simple process goes a long way to ensure the health of a fresh rebuild or any mini-me/head swap or headgasket job.


Thanks again to hatchaddict for giving me the simple yet genius idea.
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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hey no problem man im just happy to help you out, and you did good on the design with my vague discription in that thread, mine is a slight different but there is more then one way to skin a cat, it works great doesnt it
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Yeah man, works really good.

I might extend the notches a little further, but I like it.
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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great idea!! I know I have some old headstuds laying around I'll have to make one
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Sweet DIY man. I also made one of these the same day i saw hatchaddicts post, great idea!!! works awesome!
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Now make it a bottoming tap to clean out the headbolt holes so that ARPs will thread all the way down
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Now make it a bottoming tap to clean out the headbolt holes so that ARPs will thread all the way down


hrmmm, wouldnt even be that hard, just grind a bit off the end...
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Yeah i ground probably 1/4" off the bottom.
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mine does, i used a old style head bolt not a tty bolt, the threads on mine start at the bottom of the shank it dont have the tapered part on the end, and my went to the bottom and my arp's are all the way in by hand
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Clean pictures!
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Great idea!!! repped!
I assume that an old head bolt should also do the trick?
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Great idea!!! repped!
I assume that an old head bolt should also do the trick?
that is a old head bolt
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Mmmm, there is 2 thread patern in the pics, meaning it is a head stud....no?
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Mmmm, there is 2 thread patern in the pics, meaning it is a head stud....no?
i assume youve never seen a torque to yeild head bolt used to fix the head gasket issue in the d15bx's and a6's.

well now you have cause that what he has there
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Nah! Only experience I had was with the Y7...
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I am soooo doing this one! Thanks!
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