Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Eastern Washington. The dry side.
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Okay, here is the decision I have to make. . Any thoughts or advice greatly appreciated.
I can have the oil cooler rebuilt, EGR deleted, updated fuel regulator kit, turbo cleaned, injector standpipes replaced and new dummy plugs, EGT probe installed, oil bypass system installed (I already have these parts), including all parts and labor, new fluids and filters, etc., that is $2,236.
OR, I can have all of that done in addition to: all new remanufactured OEM injectors with spool valve isues fixed, and if my head gaskets are still good new ARP studs installed one at a time. He says they have had excellent results installing the studs like that and none have come back. That total is $4,081. The difference primarily being only another few hundred in labor, plus $1,000 for a full set of reman injectors (with spool valve issues fixed), and $495 for the head studs, and some additional gaskets.
Which way should I go? While he is in there, maybe having the injectors all replaced isn't a bad idea? I know there are varying opinions on the head studs being replaced without the heads being removed. My head bolts were replaced under the powertrain warranty about 30k miles ago, and I am confident my head gaskets are still good. Two well respected shops that I know of in our area do the ARP stud replacement one at a time with the heads on and say they have had zero problems.
Would the extra $1,800 seem cheap down the road if I had to have head bolts replaced or injectors replaced since they will already be in the motor anyway. Their estimate for doing the more extensive work includes lifting the cab off the truck.
I think I am leaning towards spending the extra money on the full treatment, but would appreciate any thoughts or advice.