I just got my 2nd set of studs for the truck. Plan to do the one at a time swap in the next couple weeks while I am off of work.
My current gaskets have about 8k miles on them. Last time they came off was at the dealer. All new gaskets, the works. I have had no issues to date. The dealer gave me 6 months warranty on all the work done, which was up at the end of October.
I did a head gasket job once already, in cab, head removal, 2 years ago. I had BO gaskets and ARPs, they lasted about 10k miles. I had the heads checked out when I did the job, and they were both near perfect. At that time, I did a lot of other work, new oil cooler, STC fitting, glow plug harness', glow plugs, etc. That took me like 6 days of solid work. I really dont want to do all that work again.
Has anyone used the Snap On adapter I mentioned? I remember the one stud on the driver side giving me issues. I dented the firewall, and it still busted my balls (and knuckles) to torque that stud. The description on their website even says it allows you to get away from pulling the cab and denting the firewall.
SRD35, Torque Adaptor, Diesel Head Bolt, 6.0L Power Stroke Engines
Also, I see from other posts, the 2003-2004 trucks have more clearance to pull the bolt on the drivers side. Is that true?