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Having a tune on stock head bolts

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I got my truck in the shop and wanted to know how many people have a good quality custom tune on their stock headbolt/gasket 6.0L and haven't had issues in the long term. I am speaking for Economy and Tow tunes not the super high horsepower ones.

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Don't go getting crazy with it should be your thoughts. It's not a sure thing it won't pop but you never know. I drove with a chip then changed to SCT tuning with no major issues.


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Its a chance either way. People run extreme tunes with stock bolts and fair out great and then others blow HG and stretch bolts stock or a moderate tune. Its your gamble but alot of tuners know the limits when they tune.


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I'm interested in this as well. I've got a relatively new to me truck, but have already installed a BPD cooler and EGR delete since I got it. With the EGR cooler out of the picture and the OEM cooler gone how much of a concern is high cylinder pressures (since the threat of coolant dumping back in is gone)?

I guess the main question I have is, can guys with BPD and EGR delete run a little hotter tunes?
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It's not a clear answer. There have been so many guys running stock that have had issues. Some people had zero to minor issues running tuned on stock bolts.
Whoever you choose for the tuning should make the tune mild enough for stock bolts and give you a nice power bump.
I'd say since you got the EGR delete done you have one up on the problem.


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I ran Matt Robinson's SRL tune from gear head automotive on my 6.0 daily for 25k miles and wasn't easy on it really. Just did my maintenance and made sure it was up to temp. I had my egr deleted also. But it's no guarantee. It's hit or miss and depends on previous maintenance also.


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Didn't figure there'd be a straight simple easy answer on the stock bolt questions. It seems from everything I've read over the past couple weeks as though there are good (even great pushing 500 rwhp) ones and bad ones. I'm currently running the canned SCT XF3 economy tune which is by itself without a trailer is a marked improvement. I was screwing around the other day pushing the brake and the skinny pedal at the same time could break the tires loose at 25 MPH (overcame the rear brakes, around 22 psi boost). In reality I was just trying to test the boots on the CAC tubes (after reading reports of blowing boost tubes) before hooking up my camper, didn't expect to break the tires loose. I'm gaining confidence in applying a higher HP tune, just don't want to push it too far and screw up my summer camping season. by breaking the truck.
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Here's some more reading for you.

How far on stock head bolts?

03 6.0L F-350 ECLB 4WD 240k on the clock
Warren Diesel 175/75s, Regulated Return, MTW Stage II,
5in MBRP, EGR Delete, PHP Tuning and FICM Tuning,
APD Traction Bars, 35's, and groceries in the bed...

Trying to see how long the stock head bolts last...

Also have a 99 7.3 with the motor tore down, gettng some more goodies. It made 507/1130 on stock turbo and tranny
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