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post #1 of 17 Old 06-18-2014, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Another headstud question

I was talking to a ford tech and he said right now my truck is healthy and he could pull the valve covers and install arp studs one at a time and a complete egr delete for 1300$ Would this be ok or should I pull the heads and everything? Thanks
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Your choice but FWIW i think you should pull the heads and have them checked and do it right the first time.

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I've been wondering alot on this too as I'm in the same boat. Perfectly healthy truck but want to do the headstuds just not the ridiculous amount of money that I don't have to do it "the correct way". I have heard of people doing it this way with complete success. So hopefully some more people with experience on this will chime in.
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If you just want to delete egr, and your truck runs great, maybe leave it alone, just do the delete. I like studs. Totally, understand why you want them but if you dont want to tune it up big time hp wise, why would it not keep running good. I know things fail, watch oil temps, keep good fuel in it, change filters and oil. I know a lot of trucks needed work, but theres way way more out there running great. People come to these forums to learn when things break. Most people just buy the trucks and just use them. They never come on here to say 200k miles and running great.

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I wouldn't even bother, wait until you need gaskets then get some studs.
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ok. i would rather not have to do it twice so i will just run it and if i have to stud it i will and they might never blow.
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After researching this for awhile I've come to the conclusion that I am going to try it. I have gone thru multiple tests for head gasket problems on my truck with zero indication that there are any issues. After reading about alot of people doing this successfully on their trucks as long as they have known good head gaskets, I don't see why you wouldn't at least try it. If it goes bad and you blow a gasket you'r only loss is the time you spent doing it. And then do it "the right way" and spend the money you were expecting to spend to do it. Just going to take my time remove and torque them in the correct sequence and see where it takes me pretty much. I love working on my truck so I dont care investing a weekend of work into basically an experiment should we say.
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Will you let me know how it goes?
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Of course! Just gotta order up some ARP's and find a free weekend and I'll post up in here. Had my egr delete kit and new oil cooler sitting in the garage this gives me and excuse to throw those on while I'm at it.
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Can't hurt that's for sure, and the studs are re-usable so if you have to do full job later your at no loss there. I'd do the coolant pressure test first, only way to really know. Get the cheap oil pressure gauge at autozone and tee it into a cooling line and go drive for an hour. If the pressure ever gets up to 16 then you have a leak. Only way to really tell in the initial stages.

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