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Old 03-26-2013, 08:47 PM
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Broken Head Studs HELP!!!!

Alright guys I just got new head studs installed in my 2003 6.0 this weekend. Along with it I installed an egr delete kit. I found some studs on ebay that claim to be the strongest on the market and ratings very similar to arp's. I installed them and torqued them to what I have seen guys torquing their arp studs because these didnt come with suggested specs.
So I got one side installed and went in for lunch and when I came out to do the other side I found one stud that had broke off at the nut. Finally I got the project done (finding another stud). I have driven maybe 25 miles and found another broken off stud. Luckily these are the ones on the outside of the valve cover but WHY!!!!! Has anyone had this problem?
Also I had the batteries out the whole time. When I went to test drive it the transmission is shifting weird and slipping. Also the tow haul light comes on and flashes. What a weekend. Please help
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:54 PM
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Why would you skimp on a job as critical as this? Sorry but your gonna have to rip it all back down and replace the gaskets yet again and this time reassemble it with ARP studs not some knock off brand claiming to be the same or better for less money. There is a reason we recommend specific parts. That is because they are tried and true and they work. Good luck man.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:28 PM
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Yep, Bryan nailed it on the head. No place to be penny wise and pound foolish. It's a hard lesson.
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:22 AM
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Alright guys I just got new head studs installed in my 2003 6.0 this weekend. Along with it I installed an egr delete kit. I found some studs on ebay that claim to be the strongest on the market and ratings very similar to arp's. I installed them and torqued them to what I have seen guys torquing their arp studs because these didnt come with suggested specs.So I got one side installed and went in for lunch and when I came out to do the other side I found one stud that had broke off at the nut. Finally I got the project done (finding another stud). I have driven maybe 25 miles and found another broken off stud. Luckily these are the ones on the outside of the valve cover but WHY!!!!! Has anyone had this problem?
Also I had the batteries out the whole time. When I went to test drive it the transmission is shifting weird and slipping. Also the tow haul light comes on and flashes. What a weekend. Please help
Is this a joke? I hate to say it but you asked for this to happen. If your new headgasket isnt blown already you may look into changing out your studs one at a time with real head studs like ARP. Did you put OEM gaskets in when you did your studs? If not just take it all back apart like Tuscany said....
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I agree with everyone else. you skimped on a vital part knowing ARP's reputation and not your's are breaking. I hate to say it, but time to spend more and re do everything.
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How much did the ebay studs cost you? It sure isn't going to offset doing the job again. Also I would rip it back apart asap. If they breaking outside the covers imagine what will happen when they break under the covers and the nut is loose while your driving...

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It's all been said. Couldn't agree more. Good luck.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:50 AM
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New Ford F250 F350 F450 F550 03 07 6 0L Powerstroke Diesel Head Stud Kit 20 Pcs | eBay

looks like it was probably these. eeek.
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Live and learn. Now take it all apart and do it right.
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Wow, only $160 less than ARP's
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