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This is a total noob question but I just got my rebuilt engine back and installed it yesterday. While tightening the bolts to the bell-housing I inadvertently installed the bottom stud bolts one hole higher on both sides. I assume this works because the studs fit and nut tightened, but I'm not sure if its okay to use the bolts instead of studs for the very bottom holes. I really don't want to pull the thing again... Thanks!
 

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It will work like that. You will have to pull both axles out of the way to get the bolts in the lower holes. That's why Subaru used the studs. So you didn't have to pull the axles.
 

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This is a total noob question but I just got my rebuilt engine back and installed it yesterday. While tightening the bolts to the bell-housing I inadvertently installed the bottom stud bolts one hole higher on both sides. I assume this works because the studs fit and nut tightened, but I'm not sure if its okay to use the bolts instead of studs for the very bottom holes. I really don't want to pull the thing again... Thanks!
Hardly a dumb question when I couldnt even begin to know how to do what you have already done. ;)
 

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Hmm I just went at an angle to put in the bolt didn't have to remove anything....
 

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Probably because the bolts are slightly shorter than the studs. I know for a fact that if the studs come out instead of the nuts (in my engine swap) they won't go back in with the axles installed.
 

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Huh well the bolts are slightly shorter than the studs and I ended up breaking a few threads on the block when torquing down the bolt and it wasn't in super tight. So for my own peace of mind I took the thing back out and am going to put the studs in the proper place, makes me feel better....
 
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