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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-28-2014, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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Should I custom tune with head bolts?

I just got my hands on a SCT livewire and checking all my temps and everthing seems fine the truck has 130,000 and I blocked off the egr cooler with freeze plugs

I really want to put a custom tune the truck but worried I will blow the head gaskets on the truck. I'm really trying prolong putting studs on her for till I find a good shop. I keep my mantience up only use motorcraft filter, ELC coolant, and T6 rotella.

So, should I tune it or wait till I can stud it

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-28-2014, 03:46 AM
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Re: Should I custom tune with head bolts?

i would do a head bolt safe tune from Wildman or gear head and emphasize
you want to be on the safe side of the parameters

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I'm running head bolt "safe" tunes....truck is sitting right now because it's lifted the heads. I don't care what any of them say...no tune is truly head bolt safe. I will say I made it about 20k miles before they lifted, and the truck runs 100% better tuned. You will need studs...it's just a matter of when. If you want to tune it, by all means go ahead. Not trying to talk you out of it. Just know that at some point you'll raise the hood and discover a white residue all over your degas tank. Just don't hop back on here and start bad mouthing the 6.0 because it "broke".

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Re: Should I custom tune with head bolts?

I agree with both points of view above its a 6.0 and has a flawed design with not enough head bolts so eventually they will lift seems to be the consensus tuned or untuned. More HP and torque equals a higher chance of that happening. I'm running stock head bolts and have a tune from Drew and love it. It's a tow/economy tune for stock head bolts. It has noticeable power and torque with daily driving and towing my 20foot boat but I am already stashing money away in the piggyback for head gaskets and ARP headstuds.

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Re: Should I custom tune with head bolts?

These guys are smoking crack! Lol jk guys but stop freaking people out 6.0s have lifted heads on stock power levels. I run back road performances raped ape studded tune on my stock truck I do my up keep and I lay in to it alot and let my brothers and friends drive it with that tune and it's doing just fine and I know there all just seeing what it can do when they got it for the day. lol just do it you will be happy and don't worry too much.

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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-29-2014, 06:08 PM
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Re: Should I custom tune with head bolts?

Go for it. Ran my non-studded from Vivian and Quicktricks for a while before doing damage lol...

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Re: Should I custom tune with head bolts?

QUOTE=Yfz rock;4366674] I run back road performances raped ape studded tune on my stock truck I do my up keep and I lay in to it alot and let my brothers and friends drive it with that tune and it's doing just fine and I know there all just seeing what it can do when they got it for the day.[/QUOTE]

Yeah but how many miles has it been running like that. I am saving up for powerstrokehelp to do my truck with his lifetime package. However I am getting the SCT X4 for the truck and like you I usually get in it alot. Just wondering how long it has been tuned to your level.

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Re: Should I custom tune with head bolts?

The raped ape lays down a lot of power I wouldn't be surprised if his truck wouldn't need studs after a few runs. I run it it's a sweet tune but drew wouldn't suggest it on a stock truck. Drew offers street tunes for stock bolts and that what I'd suggest good luck.

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Re: Should I custom tune with head bolts?

Tune and run your truck, enjoy it. However in the end, it comes down to you being responsible for the health of your truck. Between maintenance, monitoring and your driving style. It is a piece of machinery (expensive one I might add) and certain parts will fail when pushed to their mechanical limits...

On regards to BRP tuning... It rocks, customer service is top notch and I run his "street runner" as a DD. I have just about pushed the stock bolts and gaskets on mine to their limits, especially with my stage 2.. But hey, we had a good run my trucks an 06 and they are original.

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Re: Should I custom tune with head bolts?

Yeah I am fully aware that eventually everything man made fails. Especially when pushed to the limit of its design. Thats the reason for saving up for the work that will be done early next year. I count myself as a luck guy, I am the second owner of a 03 texas truck that was used for quick trips to the feed store. It was bone stock and when I got it had only 23K on the clock. It now has 150K nearly trouble free miles (had 2 injectors go at 140K). I attribute the longevity of the motor to maintenance and having a solid head on my shoulders. However I have come to the point where as all guys do I want more power. Not trying to race it or pull it or anything just want to be able to give the kids a holy crap moment you know where they get pushed back in the seat and suprise a mustang or two. I figured through long hours researching and asking the right questions, that tunning and a few other goodies will give me what I am looking for. I am going to go with the SCT X4 and then get a good custom tune after some phone calls to BRP that is reasonably safe for a non studded truck, untill I get the work done. After that from what I gather the ringed and studded heads will hold dang near anything.

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