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Location: Silverton, OR
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Replacing Bolts With Studs
How many guys out there have actually replaced one factory head bolt with a stud, one at a time...in the correct sequence?
I know lots of guys talk about it, but it seems kinda of iffy to me. Just what is the success rate of going this route?
It is obviously the easiest route to go, and to be honest if guys out there are doing this successfully without issues down the road, I'm tempted to do this. I did studs on my IDI, nothing major. I actually pulled the engine to do them, along with a couple other things. But an IDI only has a couple inches of engine underneath the cowl...6.0's are a different beast. For that matter pulling the heads looks to be a major PITA with the engine still in the truck and cab still on.
1985 Ford F-250 with a 6.9 IDI/T-19 4speed 4x4
Paint, Eagle Alloys, Kelly Safari TSR's, ATS turbo, gauges
2004 Jetta TDI 5 speed
2004 2wd Excursion Limited 6.0. Testing how loyal I am to Ford
1997 Passat B4V TDI. 1 of 80 imported in 97. 50 MPG and a factory 25 gallon fuel tank!
Last edited by FordGuy100; 08-10-2012 at 08:16 PM.