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Head stud install before gaskets go bad

How much would it be to install (on average) studs before you have any gasket issues on our 6.4ls. I have a mini maxx, and I'm going to buy my exhaust and intake soon.

I'm only going to run stock power levels but all the stories of head gasket failure is scaring me. I drive my truck sensible, and don't want to hurt it.


I've read if you don't crank up the HP and don't hot rod the truck you'll been fine. I understand things break and go out but if i can prevent something from happening Im all for it. So how much would a pre head gasket failure stud install cost me?

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I would drive it until something happens. You can drive with blown headgaskets for thousands of miles, as many people on this forum do before they realize what the problem is.

Drive it and keep about $4,500 in your pocket in case it does happen.

There are a lot of people that have the basic bolt on mods for the 6.4 and they have no issues. This isn't a 6.0 and the 6.4 doesn't have the amount of issues that the 6.0 does. Set your parameters for the tuner within safe boost limits (maybe 33 psi) and EGTs (1,400) and you can prevent most issues.


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Were you planning on doing studs 1 by 1? When i do studs i am going to take off the heads and have them magnafluxed and decked. When i do it i am going to do it right. I personally dont think the 1 by 1 thing is a good idea and is not as good as doing it right.

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No, I don't have any plan on doing studs and if I did it would be cab off, and all at once

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After a lot of reading I will be doing studs one by one. Haven't decided diy or shop. If your gaskets are good you will save a lot of trouble by doing it before they blow. You will spend less money on parts and labor. If you blow your gaskets it's a good chance that you will warp or crack your heads in the process and that will cost more to repair as well. Good luck.

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