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Old 02-21-2012, 07:41 AM
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Remove cab to do head studs. Really?????

I am planning some work on my 03 stock 6.0. I am thinking I will "bulletproof" it including installing some ARP head studs. Is it true that you have to remove the cab to do this? I would like to do this work myself but not sure if I want to remove the cab.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:42 AM
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no, you dont have to. good luck with the work. if and when you need help, come see us at the .org!!!
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:53 AM
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You do not have to remove the cab, but it makes it a lot easier. Good Luck
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There are plenty of write ups on this site that take you step by step through the process of doing it yourself, a couple of them even have a list of part numbers. Depending how much you buy ahead of time and how much you actually plan on doing (just about everyone will recommend you do a full coolant flush and put in new oil/egr coolers) it shouldn't take too long, some guys have their trucks apart for weeks or even months, but it can (and I use that word loosely) be done in a weekend (with an extra pair of hands, extra pair of heads from the machine shop, and every possible o-ring and gasket you will need for the job). The work itself isn't hard, just a matter of a lot of work on your stomach and some rather heavy components (heads are a hernia waiting to happen if you're not careful) then torquing bolts with limited space. Definitely a learning experience though, and a good amount of fun if you like tinkerin', except for some diesel specific components, it's an emissions controlled pushrod V8.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:38 PM
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you act like its a big deal, i pulled my cab in an hour and a half with BS breaks in between. believe me its MUCH easier working on these trucks with the cab off, that is depending on what youre doing.
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:20 PM
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If mine comes off again, my uncle has a lift at his house... its never in use either!!!
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:46 PM
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Thanks for all of the replies guys. It does seem like a big deal to remove the cab but maybe not. I plan on tearing down one weekend, gettin the head done during the week and have it back running by the next weekend. I have another truck so no biggy.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:03 PM
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If I had a lift I would probably remove the cab when I tackle mine in the coming weeks, but I don't so I won't. I'm quite confident after reading all the very informative posts on the ORG that it really isn't a big deal. All the Techs doing it for a living have all the fancy toys we don't, and most of us aren't overly pressed for time as they are. The following post by Fishermedic is a testament to the fact that it can be done by anyone who has the brass and wants to give it a go

Paramedic Saves 6.0L
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:25 PM
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I did mine in cab, in 4 actual working days, and I was down one day waiting for parts.

I have no special tools, just a topside creeper and an engine hoist




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