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Old 05-31-2012, 09:08 AM
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"High" km's on stock head gaskets?

My truck has 286,000kms and to my knowledge, the engine is stock. I am currently having no issues with puking, smoking, etc (knock on wood) but have been considering doing studs, oem gaskets, and a bullet proof EGR to put my mind at ease and to reduce needing new heads when/if the head gaskets blow.
Is there any way to tell if any of this work has been done already? I bought the truck used and there is no records of anything in the glove box or anything so I am assuming not. I will be doing the job my self in my shop with the cab on.
Reason for asking is every thread I read, people are needing replacing within 100,000kms or even miles, just wondering if there is a good batch of 6.0's out there?
Mines a 2005

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Old 05-31-2012, 09:28 AM
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I did all that stuff when I bought mine used and it blew in a year. IMO until it breaks dont fix it
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Yes there are good 6ohs out there


I agree with not touching the HG until needed...

What I will recommend though is a monitoring solution like an Edge CTS, Edge CS insights or a Scangauge2...

You need to monitor your oil and coolant deltas, FICM Voltage, EGT Temp, and Fuel pressure at the minumum


Also, an EGR Delete and a coolant filter would be great investments if you don't want want HG problems

Let us know if you have any questions!
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Thanks fellas, I'm just such a pessimist. I got a good deal on the truck and wouldn't feel bad putting a few bucks into it. I just took a look at the lower part of the head and I can still see the head bolts, oh well, its been great so far! Just wanted an little bit of oomph but didnt want to risk the reliability.
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You can still do that on stock HG and bolts

Just get a monitor to make sure your oil cooler is healthy and get a straight pipe and an SCT tuner w/ cutom tunes for non-studded trucks... It's AMAZING
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I agree with not touching the HG until needed...
Um... aren't you the guy who is going to install new head gaskets and studs despite having no head gasket issues
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:38 AM
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Uh...NO!


My plan of action is the following...

Change tune from Extreme Street to Extreme Race... Then get a bigger Turbo... Then get my FICM tuned by PHP...

I know that one of those mods will lead me to see alot of white smoke...

I will not install studs until needed, but I will persuade it to go sooner so I can stud it and install some 190cc injectors



So technically you are wrong



And BTW... who said my HG are good

after all my boosted launches, 35PSI boosts, track runs... I just add coolant
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:43 AM
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hehe:

I stand corrected.

Your headgaskets will need to be replaced by the time you are ready to install the studs.

If it ain't broke, you're not trying
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hehe:

I stand corrected.

Your headgaskets will need to be replaced by the time you are ready to install the studs.

If it ain't broke, you're not trying


Thanks for the info

I was just gonna keep those ones and install ARP's...I thought ARP Studs Solved Everything

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Thats the way to need the work, add power. I'd hate to be driving my stock truck and need a huge repair. I'd rather have 400rwhp and then need the work
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