Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
This is one of those questions I'd kick myself over too. The bolt's not THAT heavy, and it's also fairly close to the center. How many pounds imbalance would it work out to at 5k rpms? I'm no mathemagician. Probably just a small vibration. But with my luck, that vibration would mess with the crank bearings in the back, and then it'd probably trash my crank, so after a few thousand miles, I'd end up totally rebuilding the engine when I should've just done it right the first time.
The last time I went "Eh, it'll be fine!" I'd pinched the fuel line on the front of my fuel-injected 5.0 HO motor with a crescent wrench while trying to loosen the heater pipe fitting. Not long after, I had a nasty engine fire that burned everything on top of the engine, and totaled my car.
So, being that I am experienced in the "Dang, well, I guess I should've done it right..." department, I'd curse my luck and fix it properly instead. =) Your call! I wouldn't blame you if you take a chance, either.
"No matter what you are, be the best one you can." -Abraham Lincoln
Last edited by Grimbrand; 08-18-2019 at 01:05 AM.