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post #1 of 13 Old 01-08-2013, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Not again....Blown Head Gasket....Why???

11 months ago installed ARP head studs and Victor Reinz head gaskets. Why did they blow for no apparent reason? I always run in Innovative's Extreme Street for fuel mileage but I don't beat on the truck. So disgusted with this POS. It's not like the stock injectors and Powermax run the boost up too high. I've never even seen it hit 30psi. Any ideas?

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Did you have the heads checked by a reputable shop when you did the studs? Also lots of people have ended up having issues with any headgasket that isn't OEM ford

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11 months ago installed ARP head studs and Victor Reinz head gaskets. Why did they blow for no apparent reason? I always run in Innovative's Extreme Street for fuel mileage but I don't beat on the truck. So disgusted with this POS. It's not like the stock injectors and Powermax run the boost up too high. I've never even seen it hit 30psi. Any ideas?
There's a reason for everything. Who did your studs?

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The work was done by a reputable Ford Dealership with a respectable Powerstroke mechanic. I read that the Black Onyx gaskets are junk but not much chatter about the Victor Reinz gaskets. It just doesn't make sense to me. Guess I'll join the disgruntled 6.0 club for now. I doubt that VR will pay for the labor to repair it.

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The work was done by a reputable Ford Dealership with a respectable Powerstroke mechanic. I read that the Black Onyx gaskets are junk but not much chatter about the Victor Reinz gaskets. It just doesn't make sense to me. Guess I'll join the disgruntled 6.0 club for now. I doubt that VR will pay for the labor to repair it.
I would think either vr or the dealer would honor the labor especially since its only been 11 months. What was the declared warranty?

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Who makes the gaskets for Ford? Is it Victor?

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Did they have the heads magnafluxed, pressure tested, and surfaced?

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VR gaskets are why they blew again. Where these by chance the "Black Diamond Titanium Gasket" that is supposedly taking over for the OEM ones at Ford?

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EGR Cooler?

If everything you have already done was done correctly there is still the possibility that the EGR cooler has failed and coolant is getting into the cylinder this way. There is a test for the cooler and if it has failed I would recommend replacing it with the "Bullet Proof Diesel" ubgraded EGR cooler. They also have a very good Oil cooler. You can find a dealer on their website. If you are in Washington State the best place to get it done is in Sedro Wooley but I don't think they are on the Bullet Proof Site. Talk to Scott at 360-855-1551. He is the best tech I know.
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Victor Reinz = Black Onyx, just like Ford = Mustang.

If Black Onyx gaskets were used, there's a good chance they'll fail (as you're finding out)

If the heads weren't checked for flatness, the gaskets will fail.

If the mechanic didn't install them correctly, the gaskets will fail (a very good Ford diesel tech did studs for my friend and I. Both sets failed within 15k miles).

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