JT, now that you have read those links, you'll need to start with a monitor solution.
After you have checked your ECT/EOT delta, fuel psi, FICMv and OBDII codes, you'll know if your gonna need to fix/replace any issues that will need to be addressed while you have the top of the motor off for a EGR delete.
It's up to you when to do head studs, some guys stud the motor as a preventive measure, some guys wait until it happens. There are several current threads floating around where members have done their own head stud installs, even one guy who has done the install wearing flippy floppies!! LOL!!
Welcome to the ORG!! Feel free to ask a lot of questions, their is alway someone ready to answer, especially the one member who gets to be a post wh0re!!!
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2004 F350 CC DRW King Ranch
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