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Does anyone know if the stock head bolts can be used repeatedly without posing any potential problems? I am having new Kibblewhite heavy duty studs installed in my cases and they don’t come with head bolts. If not, does anyone have any experience with S&S head bolts with individual washers? Is this design superior to stock head bolts? Thanks
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Does anyone know if the stock head bolts can be used repeatedly without posing any potential problems? I am having new Kibblewhite heavy duty studs installed in my cases and they don’t come with head bolts. If not, does anyone have any experience with S&S head bolts with individual washers? Is this design superior to stock head bolts? Thanks



It seems the S&S head bolts are for pre '04 sportsters. I must of had my stock head bolts on and off 30+ times.
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I have used head bolts over and over with no issues. But I clean and oil them before installing them each time. And torque them the correct sequence.
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Oil them but let the stand upright about half an hour to let the excesses pour out. Most of the problem come from hydrolocking those bolts.
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