I use the c shaped tool thing and tack weld them. Have been doing it that way for years. Never any issues.....
BUT that doesn't mean there isn't a better way.
Does anyone use loctite sleeve retainer on them? Or other stuff?
I worked for a guy that insisted we drill and tap a hole in the pump and have the thread of the bolt just go through the tube. It worked too... what a PITA
And what are you guys using for silicone? I have used ultra black for years. Always good luck. I was drinking with the big boat guys last night and they are using loctite 5900. They say zero leaks. Even with those 3 piece intakes for big chief heads. They swear by it.
Oh, I went to pick up 1 stock gen 6 windage tray bolt. a 36 pack later we all stubled out of there and I got to look at bad ass stuff. Boat 1 a 42' MTI cat with twin turbos going in... runs 155 ish now... the new engines should push it to 175 ish.!!! The next boat was a miniscule 36 to 40' tunnel and the trailer it was sitting on was a 60K trailer with 6 20" wheels, low profile tires, disc brakes, etc. The boat was cool too...Trailer was a work of art. They probably hadd 5 million dollars worth of boats sitting there. Nice stuff, not cabin cruisers.