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Old 07-24-2012, 06:19 PM
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Head studs one at a time?

Ive started tearing apart my truck to do my egr delete and oil cooler. My question is how much harder would it be for me to.do studs one at a time while im that far into it or should i just wait till they do blow?

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Old 07-24-2012, 06:35 PM
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I litterally just got done doing a head stud job on a truck this weekend that we did one at a time and I can say (after doing it both ways now) I would totally recommend it. Now beware that you will be challenged with some new stuff. You'll need to pull both batteries, as well as the passenger battery tray, vacuum pump, reservoir, and heater box forward. You'll also need to loosen the motor mounts and transmission cross member mount so you can jack the driver's side up to get the back bottom bolt out.

Like I said, if you have never done it before, plan on it taking sometime but I would do it as it is cheap insurance IMO. Remember it is only worth it if you know your head gaskets are not leaking right now.
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Ive started tearing apart my truck to do my egr delete and oil cooler. My question is how much harder would it be for me to.do studs one at a time while im that far into it or should i just wait till they do blow?

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How many miles are on your truck? I mean if you're doing them one at a time on an engine with low miles vice an engine with some time around the block, you may wanna consider doing the hg's just as a preventative maintenance measure. Just something to consider.
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:24 PM
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i put head gaskets on mine and after 6 months i could afford studs and did them one at a time. i went 10ft lbs over 210ft lbs to 220 no issues!!!!
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:43 PM
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138000 miles are on the truck. Its an 04. No known head gasket issues. I did have some puking awhile back but replaced the cap and no problems since.

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Old 07-24-2012, 10:42 PM
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138000 miles are on the truck. Its an 04. No known head gasket issues. I did have some puking awhile back but replaced the cap and no problems since.

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I had 110,000 on my truck when I did it. I bought the truck used so who knows what was done before that. Since then I have had 7000-8000 miles on the studs and have had no issues. I have hit over 35psi of boost, hit over 1800 degrees of EGT and use it as my test truck for all the MAD experiments, and not one problem. I have done four trucks including my own and have had no problems, even crazy Bert's truck hit 35psi over 1800 degrees with WOT towing 24000lbs on looney wild over 100mph. If that guy hasn't blown a head gasket then the method works for sure. I just did the method with Nate(windrunner408) and he couldn't believe how easy it was. We did studs, egr delete, oil cooler, and rebuilt stage 1 turbo in 12 hours. I think would be faster since we had alittle problems. I really think next time 8 hours for sure, I have worked on over 6 of these 6.0 powerstrokes head removal and all so you start to get good at it.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:00 AM
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Amen mad !!! It's all good.
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So, did you just go to 220 ft lbs, or do it in stages? Pull one bolt and tourqe down the new stud fully?

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Old 07-25-2012, 04:14 AM
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I Plan on sending you my turbo after i get it off to upgrade to a stage 1. I just bought this truck in January of this year and just want to make it BP so i don't have any more expenses with it.

I have a buddy that has a set of arp head studs he put on his truck for about 500 miles but his gaskets were gone so he just sold the truck but took the studs off. Would those be ok to use or should I start with new ones?
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:53 AM
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Looking for the best "how-to" article, and torque values- As was asked previously, did you just pull the TTY bolt, and replace with stud in the torque pattern, and go to full value right away?

165K on mine, I've not added coolant in the 5K I've owned it, and there is no evidence in the dust on the degas bottle that there is any sort of pressure relief going on. Truck is bone stock with the EGR and cooler, and awesome ford gold oatmeal coolant...
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