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post #1 of 23 Old 01-13-2009, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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? for the 6.0 guys

how many miles are you guys getting on your 6.0 before head gaskets?...are the replacement headbolts that ford puts in a improved bolt or the same? arp offers a stud kit for replacement right?

i love my 6.0 (so far) but ive only put 7k on it since i bought it

would also like to say that this site is very helpful
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Miles on head gaskets is going to be hard to pin down. Most HG failure vehicles have a tuner or they pull huge loads often. Some will pop stock, while others will make it, even with a tuner (like mine). ARP offers stud kits, and there may be some others out there. I know that Elite sells H-11's, but I'm not sure who makes them. Show us some pics of your truck


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I got 43k on mine with no HG issues. Been running looney for prolly 10k on 1/2 veggie oil. IF you need new gaskets, then yes ARP is the way to go.

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i havent had a prob yet....but just wanting to get some info on the deal.....im happy with the power the truck has and probally wont be using any programmer or chip.....i usually dont pull much either but like i said i was just wanting some info, my truck has 130k right now.....i was at ford today getting the lastest flash and he was giving me sh!t about not having to put gaskets in yet....i had to ask him about the scorpion he said he had heard ford was done with navistar in 12' so it might be a real deal, but you never know
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If the truck already has 130k on it, sounds like you got one of the good one! Take care of it, and it should take care of you.




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The Ford replacement bolts aren't any different than the ones that are currently in your truck. They do have a different torque spec for them now though, but that's it. If you ever have troubles with HG's, definately get a set of ARP's. H11's are stronger and more expensive by far, but not really necessary for the average truck.

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I have a 130K on mine with almost the same mods as shu873 and so far so good, but that doesnt mean she wont go today.

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I've got an early '03 6.0. Stock engine - 173,600 miles on her as of this morning. I tow and haul heavy on a regular basis and she is a daily driver. Last 2 years I put on just under 100,000 miles alone.

Original HG/studs. Not saying nothing will happen - but I cant really complain. A ford mechanic told me "you must have gotten one of the good ones" when he was replacing my HPOP at 135,000 (or so) miles.
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close to 110k milles on my stock Hg and bolts. i run the mods you see in my sig and i hammer on it pretty hard...no breaky.

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