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ARPs In - Now What


I realize about every second post on there are on ARP headstuds etc, and yes I do have a head stud question.

So my truck is in at the Ford dealer right now with a blown head gasket. They kindly (and I so appreciate them agreeing to that) agreed to install the ARP's if I paid for the parts.

My truck should be ready next week sometimes. I assume they check everything, i.e. the heads etc, and I told them the ARP instructions for torq etc were in the box. I hope they follow those instructions, and I assume they do.

Anyway, my question is, do they change the oil once the studs are in, or is anything changed? and finally, which was my main question, is there a break in perioid once I get the truck back?


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Do they change the oil once the studs are in:

Anytime someone tears into a motor that far, the oil should be changed by the installer. When removing the heads, coolant gets everywhere. So, if the oil isn't changed, then you could be pumping coolant instead of oil into the bearing. They won't last long if that happens.

Break in period:

Depends on who you ask, same with building an engine. Some bet the heck out of them right from the start and others wait for 500 to 1000 miles. I personally like to give the engine a few heat cycle to make sure there are no problems or issues before giving it hell.
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One thing to check, I've heard even though the dealers say they will do it they might not actually. They might put in the OEM studs. One way to check is to pull the valve cover and if you see a bolt head, it's OEM but if you see a threaded end with a nut on it then they are ARPs if I remember right. That's what I had read about them goin in for warranty work anyway.

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u can see the stud without pulling the valve cover .if u look down bellow the valve cover u will be able to see a bolt or a stud with a nut
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