You can get the heads surface for $40 bucks. I've never run them on turbo or sc car without doing it. They could be slightly warped and then you'll get to do it all over again. Ask me how I know. And yes, you need the studs and I'd recommend the 9333pt's.Thanks for the info, so If I dont surface the heads, do I still need the studs, and is it ok to still run that same 9333pt gasket?
If the short block is in the car you can install the studs on the passenger side and then drop the head on. The drivers side is pertty tight and most like to put the head on and then screw the studs in. Studs are used because they provide a more consistent clamping force. I'm no engineer so thats the best way I can explain it. After having one SC car with ARP bolts and the wrong gaskets I learned my lesson.Oh I see. So when you run the studs, I imagine it makes it easier to get the heads on and in the perfect position right? since u basically just slide em on? Guess I need to get some studs for my heads and intake, cause I like that idea.