Truck is going to Ford tomorrow for studs.
Well I noticed the inevitible coolant leak and was eventually going to take it in for studs but was holding off until I arranged other transportation. This week the truck has developed the hot start issue and is on the verge of leaving me stranded. I've decided to take it in tomorrow and drop it off for the studs and other issues. It will take forever (3-4 weeks) and I am already depressed.
The reason I take it in for this is because its free for one, and two, I trust this dealership. On my last 6.0 stud job they did heads, BRAND NEW oil cooler, replaced all the EGR system (obsolete in my case), and they actually put the studs in and torque them to spec. They ALSO allow me to bring them ANY parts to be installed at no extra charge as long as it is replacing a part that requires no out of the ordinary installation procedure.
I plan to completely bullet proof the rig once it is out with all new parts. EGR delete, coolant filter, etc.
Anyways, I will keep everyone updated with stories and pics!