Well, got the truck back this past Friday. No white smoke a crank-up anymore and it seems to crank cold a lot easier as well. That may be due to the new program they loaded up on it though. (My old one would cycle the injectors at turn-off, but this new one doesn't.) I ended up with a new EGR cooler, new gaskets and seals. 1 new head (it was warped), the other was re-used since it was still within the acceptable tolerances. The ARPs are now in there too.
Not to mention the free oil changes and the new coolant. He did say he checked the oil cooler, but it was fine.
First impressions: The truck seems to run a lot better now and blows no smoke at any time. It does feel a little slower and I haven't checked the mpg yet. I was going to give the new programming some time before I checked the mpg too seriously. It does crank a lot better for the first start of the day, though.
Now, just have to get me a programmer for this thing.
Props to the dealership as well. They gave me 0 hassel and actually recommended the ARP's. They have earned my business from now on for sure.
Quick question, though, has anyone ever blown a gasket with the ARP's in? Just wondering what it would take... I am guessing towing a heavy load with a hot tune. Just making sure I don't have to worry about it when I get a tuner now. I would love to run a Looney file or a xtreme street file as my daily driver. Any other recommendations for excellent programs for the SCT are welcome.