Northstar Engines and System Technical Discussion Discussion, Today's Racing Question: Studs or Norm's? in Cadillac Engine Technical Discussion; So we are about to drop the engine on the 94 sls and the question is should we go with ...
So we are about to drop the engine on the 94 sls and the question is should we go with Norm's or studs? Which is easier to install? Is there any real difference if I am only expecting another 3-5k miles (albeit under really heavy conditions)?
I can't say which is better because personally I've never heard of either failing. I can say that studs are most often used in race cars though, but that's mostly because you don't have to replace them every time you r&r the heads. It's really a matter of opinion. Personally I would go with the studs, but others might want Norms.
And Jake will be happy yo assist you not only about stud but other invaluable answer. Supporting Jake is like supporting this forum. Plus I'm sure you would love to race the engine again should it has a blown head gasket after the stud.
I thank everyone for the support! The studs are officially patent pending after months and months of write-ups, engineering drawings, more testing, more development, having a patent attorney and an engineer visit the shop from New York, more drawings, more write-ups... The final submission was 34 pages in length not including the drawings.
I'd never met such an educated man that was so down to earth about things. The engineer that came spent a few hours with me discussing all kinds of different ideas. His wife was apparently upset with him because he had a Northstar block in the bedroom that had studs on one side and stock bolts screwed into place on the other..,
Automobile(s): 1998 Crimson STS now sold/ 2008 cts 1SB Black Raven 3.6DI
Re: Today's Racing Question: Studs or Norm's?
+1 for the studs. I had them installed well over a year and 20+K mi on them. Prior to having this done I was contemplating selling the car a year after the repair. Now... I love my Caddy more than ever. My driving consists of driving from a downtown area through heavy traffic and then expressway driving to and from work aprox 75mi/day of mixed driving. These things have defiantely passed the test!