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Doing head studs with heads on soon

I'm going to install head studs on my 04 f250 with the heads on. My truck has no puking at this time. My oil cooler needs to be replaced. So while I'm in there I'm going to give this a try. My truck has 140k on it. I drive it like a bat out of hell most of the time.
I already have the money set a side to have the heads pulled and the head studs and gasket done.
I will report back what the out come is. Good or bad.
I have a sct and will go to a stud tune.
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Dont waste your time doing the studs one by one.

Pull the heads replace the gaskets and do it right. Otherwise you will be doing it again in 6 months

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Not trying to be a a-hole but how do you know that? I'm just asking. I'm not saying your wrong in any way. Have you done it one at a time? Like I said I have the money and time to try this for others. If I try it and it starts puking I will take it to the shop and have the cab pulled and done right. I like to try new things.
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Im not stupid enough to do it that way since several hundred people here have posted exactly what you just did. Only to come back 6 months later and say they had to do it over again the right way.

Sorry for being blunt but I had to in this case.

Dont freakin waste your time doing them one by one

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I must agree with the others here, there's only one way to do this job right.

Pull the heads, verify them in a machine shop, set the gaskets right.
This requires (a) the motor pulled, (b) cab pulled. I'd go with B.

You'd be wasting time and money, which others have in the past, to conduct this project as you have laid out. It also allows you to check for any other damage in the engine while you have the cab off.

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I'd be willing to bet $100 your gaskets aren't perfect, nor are your heads flat.

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I must agree with the others here, there's only one way to do this job right.

Pull the heads, verify them in a machine shop, set the gaskets right.
This requires (a) the motor pulled, (b) cab pulled. I'd go with B.

You'd be wasting time and money, which others have in the past, to conduct this project as you have laid out. It also allows you to check for any other damage in the engine while you have the cab off.

Last piece of advice, Do it once, do it right.
Hehe Darnit Colo. I was gonna ask him how he planned on getting the back bolts out and the new studs in to replace them? If my memory serves me right, you either have to pull the cab or pull the driver's side head with the back bolts still in it to get them out. BTW - aren't the gaskets the least expensive part of the job?

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Pull the heads, verify them in a machine shop, set the gaskets right.
This requires (a) the motor pulled, (b) cab pulled. I'd go with B.
This can and has been done with the cab on.

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Hehe Darnit Colo. I was gonna ask him how he planned on getting the back bolts out and the new studs in to replace them? If my memory serves me right, you either have to pull the cab or pull the driver's side head with the back bolts still in it to get them out.
A Little lovin with a BFH on the firewall and the back bolt will come out.

To the OP, Go for it and let me know how it turns out. I'm Interested to know. As long as you have the $$$ to fix it if it doesn't work i'd say why not??

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Tilt nose kit??

Why hasen't someone come up with a tilt nose kit where these trucks are so hard to work on. Pulling the cab off to do engine work is nuts. Imagine just tilting your nose forward and having everything exposed to work on!!
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Why hasen't someone come up with a tilt nose kit where these trucks are so hard to work on. Pulling the cab off to do engine work is nuts. Imagine just tilting your nose forward and having everything exposed to work on!!
It's not a matter of having room to get in there to do the work. The rear of the heads where they go under the firewall is the issue, no clearance to pull the bolts out or put the studs in.

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