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Old 11-07-2013, 08:15 PM
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DIY 6.4L Head Gaskets??

Hey Guys, Has anybody attempted to do their own Head gaskets? Took truck to best dealership I know of - they figure the head gaskets are gone. I am very mechanicaly inclined, and have a large selection of tools, but i do not have a hoist to lift the cab. Looking at it i was thinking I might be able to tear out the front end and jack up the cab a few inches and be able to get at the heads. Or am I better off paying the dealership to do this. watched some videos and read one manual looks do able.
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Old 11-07-2013, 08:54 PM
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its not for the faint of heart tho it is very doable. your biggest concern is going to be that the heads are infact true and not warped at all..

Now it can be done cab on but it also herd this makes it a hell of alot harder. if you dont have a shop manual you need one.. the head bolts alone are a 7 stage pass also the injector lines are a special torque procedure and 1 time use only. get yourself a factory shop manual before proceeding with this task
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:46 PM
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regarding the heads, I was planning on running them up to the city to a head place I know a couple other guys have taken their heads to just to verify they aren't warped or cracked. Not as well versed on diesel as I am with v-twins but hey how hard can it be. Thinking it will just be a time consuming project, fortunately its not my only truck and I rarely use it during the winter months.
What is the verdict on gaskets, go with Ford is their a better aftermarket one I should be looking for?
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:45 PM
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use only oem gaskets and spend some money on studs

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Just finished doing mine with a lift and a good buddy willing to get dirty.using the lift it isn't bad at all just take your time and I labeled all the bolts in Ziploc bags.caboff made it a good time to upgrade downpipe and uppipes.
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Old 11-11-2013, 01:35 PM
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08 6.4 head gasket leak. retorque?

head gasket leak comfirmed pumped 10 psi into res. and see it bubbling out of exposed part of gasket its self looks like between layers. 100k on truck chiped, exhaust burner removed, air box sd. anyone try just retorque? no aperent combustion leak.
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:45 PM
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Is be willing to bet your heads are cracked. I've done three 6.4's this year and they were all cracked. But they were ambulances that get rode hard all day
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:56 AM
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Maybe but I would never say something like that to someone who already worrying about their truck and what it's gonna cost.ambulances are Totally different they are driven by someone that doesn't pay the bill get ran hot and abused til they won't go anymore.mine were fine and also a few others that I know were fine.never let mine run hot.
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:58 AM
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You worked on ambulances with 6.4? I'm guessing must be 2010s?
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I thought the 2010s came with v10s though not sure.
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