Originally Posted by big25country
Question about this. Is this a recall? Is what their replacing them with as good as ARP or should you bring ARP studs to the shop with you?
no, not a recall. the head bolts that are stock can stretch under heavy pressure/load, and thus u can end up blowing headgaskets The ARP headstuds do not allow the stretching to occur and thus more or less eliminating the problem. especially if you also get rid of the EGR Cooler at the same time. If you have your truck in shop for a headgasket problem and they are pulling the heads anyways, you can ask them if you supply the studs will they install them instead of another set of stock head bolts.
Plus, this is mainly a 6.0 problem. Your 7.3 should not have near the issues, although it would not hurt to stud the 7.3 either.