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Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Brecksville, OH
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My thoughts are that the ARP stud is able to handle 240lbs of torque. If it wasnt, shops like Maryland and Innovative would put them there. My feelings are that my block is warped and i want to get those heads as tight as i can. i only expect them to last a season anyway.
The last time I did them, we torqued them to 245 with the ultra lube and that was the longest it ever lasted which was about 40,000. This last set of head gaskets had roughly 50 hooks on them and did ok.
In the grand scheme of things, I am getting a spare block to get machined and have sitting ready to go next winter along with freshly machined or new heads.
I dont mind doing the work, I rather enjoy it but I want these to last me the season. And in all honesty, if it doesnt. I'm driving it anyway whistling away.
I have I spent ten years at a Ford Dealer who did alot of truck work and have never scene coolant leak into the cylinder. Have you ever pulled the cap off of the degas bottle with blown HG's it pisses like crazy because its holding so much pressure which means that it only leaks when under heavy boost. Like when the converter is locked and under heavy load example 5th gear pulls on the highway or sled pulls.
I puit that BatMoWheel in and the truck now hits 34.9lbs of boost which you may or may not beleive becaue everyone says it is not worth ****.I picture the gaskets not lasting long at 210. I talked to a shop in Prospect OH and he puts all of his stud jobs to 250 and never had an issue and without exageration he has probably done 100 of them. I think he's even on here.
To sum it all up, I think my block is **** and I wasnt ready to pull the whole engine this time around but I will next winter. and in the mean time, I need all of the clamping force I can get. I heard of guys taking those custom age stud or the H11's up to 265lbs so it obviously wont hurt the head. I think the standard ARP studs are capable of handling 240-250 because alot of people do it. i drive with Erics race tune and like a 18 year old kid all of the time. The truck turns 2300 at 70MPH because of my 4.56's. I need all of the clamping force I can get!!!!!
Hell I even thought of coating the gaskets with aviation cement like CAT does with threre C15's to keep gaskets in them.
Basically my heads and block are **** and they will need done next year anyway. Might as well try to make themn last as long as I can anyway.
You may call me a hack, but I call me broke. i have a buddy who has been running blown gaskets for 4 years it has never leaked the other way yet.
Thats my ramble!
06 F250 Reg Cab. ARP's, RCD Billet Powermax, Warren 190/100's, Areo A1000 Pump, Driven Diesel Reg Return, All AN Lines from the sump, Intake and Exhaust, 4" BDS Lift, Long Arm 4-Link, Dana 80 swap, 1480 u-joints, 4"/.108 driveline, Detroit Lockers (both axles), Warren Trans w/ Billet Shafts, Drive Flanges, 35"s, Traction Bars, Front Suspension Stops(For Tug-A-Truck), Rear Suspension Stops, Custom Hitch, Roll Pan, Lots of Drive Shafts, Axles, and Pinions.