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post #1 of 13 Old 12-17-2012, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Arp head studs

Does anyone know if it is true that you can swap out ur head studs without using a new head gasket. Read that this not only can be done but can be done with the cab still on. Sounds to good to be true. Anybody have any experience with this?
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The way these guys said they did this was by removing one factory stud then installed an arp stud , torqued that, repeated that step until all the stockers were replaced with the arp's. all of this done with cab still on.
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There is a YouTube vid I think. I think it was some guys from a magazine. I've heard it can be done, but it takes some doing and you have to debt your firewall for one of the back studs I believe.


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Can be done but is tough. Also you can do this if you know for sure your stock HG is in good shape.

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you fellas are saying that you can re-crush the head gasket??

wow... these oil burners really ARE different beasts... I can't tell you how many times I've tossed never ran head gaskets on a gasser away, because once they are crushed by torque, that is that... I can't imagine releasing torque on one bolt and simply replacing it, and expecting there not to be issues in that spot later on..

but- if this is true information- it's dang good to know!!
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I personally wouldnt do it, but it has been done with no issues. If I were to do headstuds I am all about starting from scratch and retorquing them after several heat cycles to ensure that they are right.

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I agree. If you are going thru the trouble of putting studs i would magnaflux and deck the head and put new head gaskets. I wouldnt do them one by one but thats just my opinion.

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I personally wouldnt do it, but it has been done with no issues. If I were to do headstuds I am all about starting from scratch and retorquing them after several heat cycles to ensure that they are right.
Did you retorque your studs after you had them on awhile?



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I agree with you guys about it being ideal to do the whole thing if ur in there, new head gaskets, magna flux. But in doing that a whole lot more time and money are involved. That's why I asked about it on here. I figured if I could just drop six hundred on studs. Pull valve covers and have 8 or ten hours to kill it would be a cool cheap upgrade.
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Been thinking about this....

At the risk of hijacking this thread, can I ask what part of the head gaskets are prone to blowing out on these things? ... I'm asking for a reason.. it seems if there is an issue with one area over and over, that one area could be studded in this fashion, and save hella time and money..
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