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Old 03-29-2012, 01:20 AM
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Need some opinions on ARP head studs. I have an 05 F350 with the 6 liter. The truck has 177,000 miles on it and has been well maintained since day one. The only modifications done are a silverline turbo-back exhaust and a k&n air intake. Never had an problems with the truck except the FICM was replaced and the egr valve, which I wish I just had deleted. I was looking at the ARP head studs to extend the life of the engine. I'm looking for some opinions on whether it would be a good idea or just leave the truck alone. I don't wanna replace the head gaskets and open it, if to this point knock on wood have been no problems. Also, what other modifications would anyone suggest if not going with the head studs.
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:29 AM
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Considering you aren't running any tuning your hg's could be just fine.

If you're looking to spend some money I would recommend a coolant filter, and php's ficm evo programmer. On top of helping the ficm perform better the evo also displays things like eot, ect, ficmVolts, among other things.

I would go with php's ficm evo before an edge cts because you're able to monitor important engine vitals AND you get better performance and mileage. Just me.

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Old 03-29-2012, 07:32 AM
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Why mess with something if its not broken? your head gaskets might go on forever, nobody knows!

Coolant filter, and DELETE the EGR cooler... because if you don't and it starts leaking coolant into the cylinders you will end up doing HG..


Get a good monitoring solution to watch coolant and oil temps, fuel pressure, and FICM voltage
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:26 PM
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I think after all these year I'm going to order a programmer. I really like the Edge programmers which one do you think would do the job just to monitor and get better fuel mileage truck does more short trips now than before. The evolution programmer looks real basic. But, the CS model is more appealing any luck with these.
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:51 PM
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Watch the coolant. Keep a good eye on that. That will tell you when you need to do head gaskets or an egr cooler.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:44 PM
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ONLY get an SCT tuner w/ custom tunes


its the safest for your truck.

Edge is only good for gauges/monitoring
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I don't care what programmer you have, any programmer once you up the power will make it more likely to blow the hg's but it's a risk you take. Sct tunes with a reputable tuner will be your best bet though.
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