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head studs?

ok i decited that i have to search FOREVER to find a nice 7.3 with low miles and i dint want to spend an extra $10g on an o5-06 so i think i might have to get a 03-04 and its not a problem but the head studs. why do they always go? will that not happen if i buy aftermarket studs? how much will they cost to get them put on usually? all my cars were old so i never needed to bring them into a dealer or shop to get things fixed.
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The factory bolts just aren't strong enough. I believe they updated them to be stronger, and people have mentioned that dealers have said they has access to studs but I'm not sure how reliable that is. If you get aftermarket studs like ARP or ATS you'll be fullproof provided they're installed correctly. Studs ~500 and I've heard jobs from a dealer have been up to 3 grand. I think 2k is the common. If you buy an 03 try to not buy anything with a build date before 4/03. A lot of things were fixed and changed on that month.


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Not sure on how much the labor would cost, but go with ARP headstuds. Find a truck that you want and get an oasis report on it. If the hg's were ever replaced, it should tell you. Usually adding more hp is what causes the studs to stretch, but there are some stockers that fail too. By the way you have to be a premium member to get an oasis report from here, but hey its well worth joining for! Good luck finding a truck!

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Just a question, if you have all the money you say you do then why are you worried about gettin a 04 vs 05-06 its a 3k difference, enough to make it worth it with all the added changes IMO.........

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Just a question, if you have all the money you say you do then why are you worried about gettin a 04 vs 05-06 its a 3k difference, enough to make it worth it with all the added changes IMO.........
i can get an o3 with lift and exuast and all the goodies for 19$ but the cheapest 05 i can find is 30$ and im only taking 30g out so i want money to get the biodiesel making kit and well....... for a bike.... but shhhhhh my dad doesnt know. but i have all this money but im young and i dont want to blow it all. i want to save it and get intrest on it and buy some land when i get it all. i need a truck no matter what i drive a 74 super beetle and have problems with it everyday and it gets only like 10mpg some how. its a piece of junk. i need a truck again, and i had to sell my bike cause i wasnt supposed to ride for 6 months and 6 months is july so im buying myself a bike for my birthday so i can have my life back kinda think, only if u guys knew how much i lost when my buddy hit that tree, almost my life, and i really need a safe truck. but will the head studs do anything for power? i plan on getting the godzilla chip, 5" exaust, intake and ats tranny in the long run
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If you're getting a 6.0... get one.

Put headstuds in it, gauges/exhaust and an SCT and be done with it.

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do all 6.0 need headstuds for big power
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but will the head studs do anything for power? i plan on getting the godzilla chip, 5" exaust, intake and ats tranny in the long run
No the headstuds itself wont give you any power but they make it safe to run big power tunes..also go with the SCT with custom tunes by one of our vendors (innovative, djs, ect). I got mine from innovative and I cant say enoght about them

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my neighbor has a 05 excursion with bully dog and he's blown his headgaskets twice... i keep tellin him to have the dealership do ARP like i did but he wont listen.

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