Finally doing my stud job as my warranty just ran out. There is a ton of writeups and the most helpful post was about half way down the page on this link NYC 350 provided links to PFDs from ford about oil cooler removal etc:
Standpipe And Dummy Plug Replacement
So I am not doing an in depth how to write up, just posting for fun and letting you know my experience.
What i did was (not done) was : ARPs, Gogo intake and egr delete, sinster up pipe, banks intercooler and tubes and elbow, new/updated SCT/ Oil cooler/ Turbo feed/Turbo drain/Standpipes/dummy plugs/ CCV mod
First off, this is an insane amount of work. If i enjoyed my 08 front end conversion more then this job. Im on day four of 10 hour days and still need 4 hours tomorrow before she runs. The only special tool i really had to buy was a new torque wrench capable of ARP specs (200+). I torqued my arps to 230, the instructions say 210, ive seen it written 100 different ways, 230-240 is what most guys are doing.
Bunch of new parts:
Standard, take as much extra stuff off as possible. I am extremely lucky the road armor bumper is such a great platform to stand on, i don't know what i would of done without that
Then start tearing everything in sight out. The PDF for oil cooler removal is a great place to start. I searched and read tons of "how to" posts the night prior, so nothing was unexpected.
For the SCT i searched and found great how to videos on youtube: Here is the new SCT installed:
Valve covers ready to come off:
First after valve covers off i did new Standpipes
OK, to those that think the driver side studs are difficult, i thought the passenger side was worse. Maybe i was prepared for the drivers side since so many people address it in there posts, where you have to dent the firewall. I was unprepared for the passenger side. I do not know how all the guys do in cab studs. Anyway I pulled the cover off the AC evap, then carefully removed it and tied it out of the way. Seen this in a couple posts and Dee004 did this with success just days before i attempted. plenty of room once done:
Driver's side was standard. many writups. lift it up, zip tie, cut in half, remove, dent cab, install arp. took just a few minutes as i was well prepared from all the forum advice!
Thank god they are in, beautiful ARPs. They take an 11/16 12 point socket, had to go to lowes to get one. i torqued them to 230, it was a ton of work for the click on the torque wrench
intakes compared: Look at all the EGR crap removed, on the inside of the bend, nearly 6 inches of crap is sliced off... very nice
intakes looks great on inside:
OK, this pissed me off. two month wait time on the intake, im ok with. but not using a jig when welding it? WTF...
I had to apply a ton of pressure to get the holes to line up, a ton, the rails warped when he welded them. I used this standard huge pry bar to make it happen.
installed, was way more work then it should of been, but very pretty
My CCV mod. Bought 4 feet of 1" coolant hose, and a intake vent filter from parts store, has 1" male end for standard vent. I made the elbow, routed it below truck and put this filter on the other end, zipped tied inside frame rail
For the intake, bought a 1" pvc plug, glued it and hose clamp, great seal.
More tomorrow, thats it for now. Overall, a ton of work, but now i feel like i know a ton more about my truck then I did previously, and she should tow great when all is said and done. Ill take a pic of all the crud i removed. I love the gogo intake how it completely removes the EGR and the cooler and does not just re-route it.