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Old 03-14-2014, 06:26 PM
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Question Head Stud Question.....Need Answers Quick!

Ok, so here is my situation. My truck is at the dealership getting the bed plate gasket replaced. As you know that requires a cab off, and to have the motor pulled. My truck is a 2010 and it has 78,000 miles. It has been deleted and tuned since a few months after I bought it new. I have a great relationship with my dealer, and obviously the repair is under warranty. The guys know I’m deleted and have no issues with it (I’m friends with the owner of my Ford Dealership). Since the truck is going to be a cab off, I will be doing some extras while I have the chance (HPFP Update Kit, Up-Pipes, & relocate my EBP Sensor.). I also want to stud the motor. I have had my 2003 Dodge studded, as well as my other 6.4. However, I studded them when I had to do a head gasket repair.

Here is my question….Can I stud the motor without pulling the heads off? Can I just have them do one stud at a time? If my truck required a head gasket, they would to the work for free as long as I provided the studs. This what they did for me with my 6.4 when I blew the head gasket(s). However, if I want them done now, I have to buy the studs, gaskets and juice my friend $500 to cover the labor (Proper head job). I know that is a VERY fair price, but I hate to tear my heads off if I don’t need to.

So, guys tell me, what should I do? Is it OK to just do the studs and leave the heads on, or do I just pony up and do them the right way? Will I have issue?

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If it was me and the cab was off and the engine was out I'd chump up the extra cost and do it right.
Now saying that I'll likely be studding this summer but will be giving the one at a time a go. as i only have 40000miles on my very recently tuned/delete engine.
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If it was me and the cab was off and the engine was out I'd chump up the extra cost and do it right.
Now saying that I'll likely be studding this summer but will be giving the one at a time a go. as i only have 40000miles on my very recently tuned/delete engine.
I hear you.....and if I go that way, I will be upgrading the push rods, and add the roller lifters, springs and rocker arms too. If I don't do it all, I will be so mad I spent the money to pull the head and not bullet proof while in there. So, by the time I"m done with all of that I will be $3,000 deep.
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I would do it in a heart beat, no question.
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If you got the cash I wouldn't think twice
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I hear you guys and believe me that is what I'm thinking too. However, do you guys think it is safe to stud it without taking the heads off, doing one bolt at a time?
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Why risk it? If you put new gaskets you know they should go longer.
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I hear you guys and believe me that is what I'm thinking too. However, do you guys think it is safe to stud it without taking the heads off, doing one bolt at a time?
There are many people that have done it one at a time.
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I went through this same thing with my 6.0. I finnally decided what was the point of pulling the heads if there is no issues just so I can put stock head gaskets back on. And taking the chance of warping the heads?
So I just did the pull one and replace thing. So far so good.
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one at a time- cost less, little bit of a risk if you have a crack in your head.

pull heads- way more money with parts, labor and service. everything inspected and addressed.

im still leaning towards one at a time for myself. i work my truck every so often but i dont beat on it so i think everything should be good. anyways good luck to you whichever way you decide.
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