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Old 06-18-2013, 06:12 AM
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I have had my 08 for month now and am disgusted with 10 mpg. I am having a 4 inch turbo down into a 5inch straight pipe, airdog 165 or fass titanium 150 (haven't decided yet) , sinster egr cooler delete, sinster coolant filter kit, spartan (275 tune) and a deep trans pan put on. My question is, my cab will be off should I do head studs while the cab is off? I really don't want to spend the extra money but I mean if I need to do head studs I will.

My truck is my dd and I just want it to be reliable. I tow about 15 times a year and I don't really get on the throttle that much. As you can tell by my s/n I own an 03 cobra that I beat on so I don't really care about beating on the truck. I just know from racing my cobra that s*** breaks and I know every now and again I will lay into the throttle on the truck. Just wanted everyone's thoughts.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:32 AM
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If the cab is already coming up then I would definitely do it.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:53 AM
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^^^^Agreed....when the cab comes off the studs go in.
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:04 AM
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If you dont want to spend the money take the LPFP off the list for the time being and do the studs instead. Also a CAI would be a good investment. Question is why is the cab coming off in the first place?
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:11 AM
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I'm going to be the newbie and ask the question. What exactly are the studs and the positive to replacing them?
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:24 AM
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I'd do the studs as well as the others said, will benefit you in the end. Sooner or later you would half to decab again and then you would technically be paying almost double the labor when you could do it now. I'm curious also, why is the cab coming off?
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:30 AM
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If you are looking to not spend any extra money, don't lift the cab. All of what you said you don't need to lift the cab to put on. DP, EGR delete, coolant filter all can be done cab on. Unless there is some other reason for lifting the cab, it doesn't need done.

If this is all being done at a shop and not by you, they are taking your money that you don't need to spend.

If the headgaskets are not leaking, then don't mess with studs and lifting the cab. At that tuning level you should be fine. Many people with 6.4s are running H&S and Spartan canned tunes with stock head bolts. Do studs if you ever encounter a blown HG down the road.

That should save you some shekels.

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Old 06-18-2013, 04:14 PM
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Thanks for the info, the shop was thinking about yanking the cab off to do the egr coolers because it would be easier. I talk to them today and they decided there going to leave the cab on so looks like I won't be doing head studs. The truck already has a cai.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:45 AM
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Yea I wouldn't pull the cab to do an egr delete.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:52 AM
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That'd be senseless to pull the cab for a egr delete

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