Originally Posted by Farmrod
At what point do you have to start looking seriously at head studs? This weekend I'll be putting on a mini maxx, 5" turbo back exhaust, S&B cai, flo pro egr delete with elbow, cac pipe, and coolant filter kit. I'm really starting to get worried about the stock tranny and the head gaskets so when should I realistically be looking at doing some major engine work? And can just a converter make the tranny last or is that more of a just make it last a little longer type of deal? I'm thinking if I can swing it I will need to do the head studs soon then after the studs are finished maybe I will start looking at up pipes manifolds and turbo upgrades but once again will a new converter hold that or am I getting into built tranny territory.. I've seen the Rudy's heavy duty trans kit and I'm not at all scared of doing the trans myself but is the kit any good? Sorry for so many questions I'm a converting cummins guy this is my first powerstroke thanks for your time
I run the 300 tune daily and haven't changed to studs yet. I may be on borrowed time, but there are a lot of guys on here running high HP tunes with stock bolts and trannys, just don't be stupid with the power.
Questions to ask yourself:
-Do I have a really heave right foot? Yes? Then probably should look into studs and tranny soonish
-Do I have access to a lift? No? Then wait and do all your cab off stuff at the same time.
Studs and manifolds require cab off so you might as well do them at the same time to save you a lot of labor costs.
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