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Old 02-06-2010, 07:58 AM
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Decking heads without HG problems and parts.

I going to do studs soon but im not having and HG problems, puking, or loss of coolant. The oil and coolant is never more then 2-5 degrees off when cruising, and over all the motor is in great shape and im always on top of fluids, filters, and lube.

Im doing the studs cab-on in my driveway with the help of some friends this summer when I have sometime before college starts back and before I put the lift on. Anyway since im not having any head/EGR related problems now is it really necessary to send the heads out to the machine shop? And since my oil cooler is healthy do I need to replace it or can I just clean and reuse it?
Heres my current need to get parts list:

4C3Z-6051-EB Quan.2 Head gasket kit
3C3Z-9433-AA Quan.1 Intake gasket kit
3C3Z-6584-BA Quan.2 Valve cover gaskets
3C3Z-6N640-AA Quan.1 Exhaust up-pipe gasket(Does it come with the sinister kit?)
3C3Z-9229-AA Quan.8 Injector O-ring kits
3C3Z-9A375-AA Quan.6 Fuel line crush washers
6C3Z-9T515-A Quan.1 Updated turbo drain tube(larger i.d.)
3C3Z-6C683-AB Quan.1 Oil cooler filter(underneath oil cooler)
Premium Gold Coolant
Fuel filter kit
Oil filter
4 Gal. Rotella Syn

(Already have)
Sinister EGR Delete Kit
ARP Head Studs

Let me know it you see anything else im going to need
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:22 PM
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If you are replacing the gaskets, you should have the heads checked while you're in there. Now, you could go the cheaper route and just change the studs one at a time and leave the original gaskets, but most don't advise it.
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Definitely going to replace the gaskets while im in there, but are the heads going to warp without having any head gasket problems?
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They could be and your head gasket just hasn't gone completely out yet. If you have the heads off, have them checked. Otherwise, just do studs one at a time, I might still do it that way.
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My guess is, its just piece of mind by doing it. Who wants to spend that much time and money and not do the full complete job. If done right, you shouldn't have any future problems.
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have the heads checked for cracks and distortion. ford says .004" max which isnt much at all. send them out, most wont charge more than a 100 bucks to check them out.
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Im doing the studs cab-on in my driveway with the help of some friends this summer when I have sometime before college starts back and before I put the lift on.
That is a good ways away from now and that is plenty of time for the fit to hit the shan.

Get them checked no matter what. Also get a coolant filter.
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That is a good ways away from now and that is plenty of time for the fit to hit the shan.

Get them checked no matter what. Also get a coolant filter.
Haha I was thinking the same right as I hit the post button , but its actually going down in a month and a half (Ill be on summer break for college so technically its still spring) and its icier than a highschool prude here in Colorado right now so im not going to be doing to many 4x4 10psi launches.

Is it really only about $100 to gets the heads checked? I was under the impression it was about 300, but maybe that was for the actually machining of em. 100 bones isnt to bad to get the job done right. Come mid may ill be flooding the forums with pics of my baby once all the work is finished (doing it all in my driveway)
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Even 300$ is cheap if it means you only have to go in there once.
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i did mine the exact same way as you and i was not having problems either. i had mine done and they were up to .004" out. so i am glad i did and so will you be. cheap insurance if nothing else.
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