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Old 05-04-2010, 06:29 PM
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Head studs?

I had a mechanic tell me I would be wasting my money if i installed head studs. I told him that I didn't have any intentions on going big. Everything I have is as far as I plan going performance wise. Should I listen to him, or should I go ahead and do the studs? My main concern is reliability. I don't want to get 50k miles down the road and be wishing I should have just paid the money to have this done.

My truck has 46,000 on it now and no signs of any head gasket problems.

What do you guys think? I am new to the diesel scene. This may be a stupid question to some of you.

Thanks for the help in advance guys!
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Old 05-04-2010, 06:31 PM
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He's retard. If you have a chance to do it. Get it done and out of the way, fresh gaskets, flat heads. Do it right the first time.
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Old 05-04-2010, 06:40 PM
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See I thought that he was wrong. I always read about how everyone swears by it on here. Well thats gonna be my next step with the truck.

Are there any more upgrades I should perform to ensure my truck will be reliable and last me a long time? The wifey aint gonna let me buy another vehicle for a long time!

One thing is for sure, these trucks are not cheap!
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Old 05-04-2010, 06:50 PM
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HAHA CHEAP check out my post Warning to Everyone.

Just make sure everything is in good shape and you should be fine.
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Yeah I read that. Sorry to hear that man. That's a terrible situation.
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:04 PM
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BTW, thanks for the help. So you think the setup I have now looks safe? Maybe go with the SCT programmer in near future? I read these Edge's aren't to easy on the tranny's.
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I hear a few stories about this topic. Some say fix the EGR and 95% of the issues will go away. Some say stud it.

Whatever, I did both. Need this thing forever. lol

I know many people who crush these 6.0s with no issues. If you can do it now, do it!

I dont plan on wrecking my cars but I still insure them all.
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I would stud it if you have to have the heads off for ANY reason. If you can do an EGR delete that will absolutely cure any problems with the EGR cooler rupturing but won't make your truck bullet proof. Add a coolant filter and that will help too. It is important to keep an eye on ECT and EOT even with a delete and coolant filter, as the oil cooleer is prone to clogging. That is the source of many EGR cooler failures. If the 2 temps get out of sync by more than 15* your oil cooler is becoming clogged and you need to address it quickly before other damage is done.
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Ok thanks. I have the EGR delete and a coolant filter, so I hope I am good there. Def gonna work on getting the head studs. Is there any certain type of head gasket I should look into, or just go with the OEM?
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If this is coming out of your pocket I say go with the Black Onyx head gaskets. Nothing wrong with the Ford OEM gaskets though. That's what is in mine because the dealer did mine.
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