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Flexplate headaches - Omie01 - 02-04-2020

I have purchased 2 different flex plates through Summit for my 351C, and neither of them have fit the bolt pattern correctly!! I bought a B&M SFI approved back in 2016 and had to "Modify" it to fit, but now I have a small vibration that comes and goes with engine RPM, so I decided to swap out the flex plate because it was the cheapest part, and it never sat right with me that I had to make it fit. So this time I spent twice as much on a TCI flex plate SFI 29.1, and guess what, SAME PROBLEM!! the bolt holes are just BARELY off, and we all know they only bolt up one way with the 28 oz. counterweight. I tried both of them on a different crank I have and same story. But get this, one was $75, the other $153, and they are both made with the same tooling, even have the same made in mexico stamp, just one has more welds and a different finish. Hmmmm!!!??? Anyway, I am returning the latest one, and now have a $209 ATI coming to me. Buyers beware! I just want to know, using ARP bolts, do I use a thread lube and torque to 75 ft lbs, or use loctite and torque to 70 ft. lbs? What have others done? I have the 12 point ARP bolts for my flex plate.

RE: Flexplate headaches - Carolina_Mountain_Mustangs - 02-04-2020

That is so strange that they got the bolt pattern off. 
On the fasteners. I always use red thread locking Loctite on crank bolts for flywheel or flex plate. Also fasteners on converter. Here is link to their web site listing all types and applications. 

RE: Flexplate headaches - Hemikiller - 02-04-2020

FWIW, ATI makes good stuff.

A bolt pattern is a pretty basic item to make sure it's 100%. B&M and TCI are part of a "group", which typically means they're buying parts from other people.

Have you called either company with your concerns?

RE: Flexplate headaches - turtle5353 - 02-04-2020

This is the one i put in my car. Fit great and pretty cheap. Been in there since 2016.

RE: Flexplate headaches - jpaz - 02-04-2020

I got a Pioneer 32-202 from Summit for my build last year and it fit just fine. No issues with it so far.

RE: Flexplate headaches - Omie01 - 02-05-2020

The ATI is nice, but it is not offset like it should be, and the center hole is too big. Like it was suppose to have an adapter? Now waiting on another TCI just to see if I got a "fluke". Not even sure what to think now! If this don't work, gonna just return everything and buy from a different vendor! I'll keep you posted!! Thanks!

RE: Flexplate headaches - Don C - 02-05-2020

Is the crankshaft an original, or a replacement? If all of the flexplates seem to be wrong I would suspect there is something wrong with the crankshaft. I have 2 stock crankshafts and can take some measurements, if you would like.

RE: Flexplate headaches - Omie01 - 02-05-2020

The crankshaft in my car is stock, plus an extra stock one at my shop, and the flexplates don't fit either, and get this, I had them send me another TCI to see if it was a fluke, but thats the second one that did not fit. They are barely off on 3 holes, I just don't want to grind the holes open. I did that on my B&M and I suspect that may be the cause of the vibration issue I am having. I just want a flexplate that bolts to a stock 351C crank!! Can't be that hard!! I have a 164 tooth, 28 oz. imbalance flexplate. Pretty common stuff!

RE: Flexplate headaches - turtle5353 - 02-05-2020

What trans do you have? My flexplate is 157 tooth.

RE: Flexplate headaches - Omie01 - 02-06-2020

FMX trans. I have counted the teeth twice, and my starter works with it.