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Old 10-16-2012, 06:20 AM
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Installing head studs without lifting cab or removing heads?

Has anyone accomplished this feat? I want to install them one by one but have no way to lift the cab and do not want to take the heads off
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there was just a write up in one of the deseil rags ,, they did it cab on and pulled the heads ..

couple of tricks .. but a Google search should dial u in because this comes up once a month
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You really should pull heads off. Have heads checked out & resurfaced. Then reinstall with oem gaskets. You are going to be more prone to failure if you don't

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I just studded mine and pulled the heads off, keeping the cab in place during the last couple weeks... Wasn't horrible

Get er done
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Yeah, not looking to pull the heads
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I'm still on the fence about this. However, I just read a thread and the OP unbolted trans mount and lifted to tilt motor away from the firewall to get back 2 on driver's side. Also, Snap-On makes an attachment just for 6.0 head work! Just be sure to use proper torquing formula or you WILL over torque with said adapter.

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Juz did this very thing. Time consuming and not without its teeth grinding moments but it can be done. The snap on tool is the srd35. They will sell it too you for $85 to the house. Good luck, any question I might be able to help u with feel free to PM me
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Yeah, not looking to pull the heads
you can either do it right the first time, or you can not pull the heads and blow your gaskets later with studs. To me, it seems like common sense to do it right once.
if you don't have a way to pull the cab, you can still pull the heads in cab. But unless you take the heads off, send them to a machine shop to be checked for cracks and have it milled, you're wasting your time.
it's not a matter of if you blow the head gaskets after that, it's a matter of when, which is no different than if you leave the stock bolts in and don't touch it.
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Assuming the OP is wanting to do this BEFORE pushing a head gasket, here are some things to consider.
1. Studding heads is no garauntee of never pushing an HG again
2. I have yet to see long term feedback on one for one method positive or negative.

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Assuming the OP is wanting to do this BEFORE pushing a head gasket, here are some things to consider.
1. Studding heads is no garauntee of never pushing an HG again
2. I have yet to see long term feedback on one for one method positive or negative.

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One of the positive is studs are already purchased if need to do heads later... have a better idea of what a hg will take to accomplish. If there are no symptoms at all I would do one at a time. My bro-in-laws snapon trq wrench fit on all nuts just fine. No need for the adapter.
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