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Old 02-09-2014, 10:43 AM
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01' head swap

I am about to complete the head swap on my 01 F250.
ive replaced the parts that ive found damaged.
new injectors, new injector harness, everything that ive found faulty.

I have a few questions.

should new head bolts be purchased? or should I buy studs?

what is the best way to get these heavy SOB's back into place?

what type of head gaskets should I buy?

thanks.
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:12 PM
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Studs are never a bad idea. If you are staying under 450hp I wouldn't bother.

Engine hoist to carefully lower the heads down. Or in a pinch, 2 buddies with a 2x4 across the engine bay and a rope hanging down.

OEM gaskets
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Old 02-10-2014, 10:40 AM
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this truck is not going to be a hotrod!
I will not be putting a programmer or any other products to increase horse power besides a billet compressor wheel.
and the only reason I got that, was because it wasn't much more expensive than a stock wheel.

should I buy new head bolts??

my gasket kit should be in today, and I can start with the resurrection!

also, there are a few bolts that I will have to place into the heads before I can put the head into place.
what are the tricks of doing this without being a pain in the royal rearend.

I would like to not lift the cab. but mabe if I took the engine mounts off I can get another inch or so of clearance??
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Oh yes new head bolts for sure.

I assumed you already had the heads out. I'm not sure what's in the way physically of putting them in.
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Oh yes new head bolts for sure.

I assumed you already had the heads out. I'm not sure what's in the way physically of putting them in.
the firewall of the cab, and the heater box will not allow the bolts to drop in after the heads are on, this is why I must have the bolts in the heads when I install them.
other than gravity, its pretty clear.

im thinking that zip ties on the bolts to keep them from falling down during install will be the way to go.
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Oh yeah I understand now. I've run into that on another vehicle... I used small hose clamps because that's what I had. Zip ties should work fine
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