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Old 11-16-2008, 09:15 PM
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ARP Studs, without pulling heads? Low mile engine? Worth doing or Possible?

Can you do it? Or am I just nuts and should wait until I have a problem...

It is just that if I have a problem, heads off from what I read and is best done Cab off... Pretty hard to do out west 2000 kms from woop woop in the Wild West of Australia..

So can you do it stud by stud without removing heads..? Any risk of disturbing gaskets? Or is it risky and I should not bother with a new truck that only has about 15,000 miles on it (07 King Ranch Dually CC, 4x4 LWB FX/4)

What about like the old days, and just re-Torquing the head bolts...? We used to do that on all diesels, as part of the first big Service...
I am all ears...
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Don't do studs untill there's a problem or if the oppertunity comes. And if you are going to do it I would just pull the heads and use new gaskets. And the cab doesn't need to be lifted to stud it. The motor can be pulled in 4 hours.
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Old 11-17-2008, 04:17 AM
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I wouldn't mess with it yet. If I did stud it I would change the gaskets.
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Man I asked the same thing, my gaskets are fine, but I'v got the opportunity to get them done cheap so I'm jumping on it. The tech doing mine said he would do it one at a time or if I wanted he'd put new gaskets in. Everyone on hear will tell you to do the gasket, reason being, and this is what I'm told, you might warp the head doing it one at a time, or you may break the seal. Powerstrokeshop.com has them for $65 a piece, so I figure for that price better safe then sorry...
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:19 AM
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$50K truck. Why half azz installing the studs?
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:21 AM
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I installe my studs on my 7.3 one at a time. I just did it the way ford tells you too.
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I installe my studs on my 7.3 one at a time. I just did it the way ford tells you too.
So you re-used your old HG? Any issues since?
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I installe my studs on my 7.3 one at a time. I just did it the way ford tells you too.
Yea but you have a 7.3 and that pretty much all I have to say.
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:34 AM
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So you re-used your old HG? Any issues since?
No issues. regarding the heads atlest. When you do it one at a time you never decomepress them. and the 7.3s gaskets are really good from what i understand high hp trucks still run stock
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can the heads be pulled with the motor in the truck and the cab still down? don't have the tools pull either one, and i don't want to pay $2500 to have it done, don't care how much of a pain in the *** it is, i have friends who owe me a favor.
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