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After running the last engine successfully for nine years in the mid to high 10's with stock parts and no main girdle, it's finally time to step it up a tad.

The next engine will consist of a Mexican block, Boss 302 crank and Boss 302 connecting rods. The block is going to be the weakest link, so I'd like to do what I can for it.

I plan on using Hard Block to do a partial fill up to the water pump holes... and add a main girdle.

After shopping around for main girdles, I've noticed that some come with generic bolts or studs, while a few come with ARP hardware. I definitely want the ARP studs.

The $300 D.S.S. girdle is aluminum, and comes with ARP hardware... but seems a bit pricey. Have any of you used the DSS unit? How about steel girdles? Any decent prices on any of those that come with ARP studs? Have any of you purchased a 'generic' girdle and extra long ARP studs seperately to work with it? Did it work well? Was it cost effective?

I don't know just how much a girdle will help, but I guess it can't hurt anything...


Any other comments or experiences are also welcome.

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I called Coast, http://www.coasthigh.com and they said their 3/8" thick 'Street Fighter' girdles for the 302 have spacers, but still need to have around 1/16" of material removed from the main caps to sit flush. That's the bad part. The good part, is that they confirmed the girdles are available either bare, with ARP bolts, or with ARP studs. The 302 girdle with ARP studs costs $179.


Anyone here used their 302 girdle?

FPS http://www.f-p-s.com sells what appears to be the same thing for $269. I'm trying to read between the lines here....

(edit) Correction, the FPS girdle is laser cut, CNC machined chromoly and is also 0.015" thicker than the Coast product. They also have a killer looking add-on windage tray available. The Coast unit is made from flame cut cold rolled steel.

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Update...

I called FPS, and they offered BOTH the main girdle AND the windage tray for $290. Total with shipping from California to West Virginia came to $310.66. After calling, they immedietly came down to $230 for the girdle, and $70 for the tray... It didn't take them long after that to go $295 for both, but they showed a little resistance at $290.
I tried to get them to ship it for $300, but they wouldn't.


I spent a little more than I planned, but that often happens when shopping for engine parts....

I'm still unsure if I should should have gone with the $179 Coast Street Fighter... Oh well, I know it's good stuff.


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