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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-29-2007, 03:41 AM Thread Starter
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Head studs, When?

I talked to Bean last week. I am trying to get an idea of others experience as well. As I understand it around 450-480hp is where head studs are needed. I am going to limit my turbo to under 40psi for competition and 33-35psi the rest of the time to help make it last, it is Beans D66.

When I do put in head studs, can I do it with the engine in the truck? Or do I have to pull the engine or cab?

When the head gasket blows, is there any other damage that usually occures? What was your carnage? Or was it just the head gasket. I am trying to prepare myself for the next thing.


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If they blow, and hydrolock occurs, then your rod/rods are junk. Better do the studs, and let her rip.
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When I do put in head studs, can I do it with the engine in the truck? Or do I have to pull the engine or cab?

What head gaskets are best to use?

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It's a pain in the rear, but ya you can get them in while the engine is still in the truck. I used stock headgaskets, heads were never off.
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lift the cab..its too easy ....get studs in it now...dont risk it...and use the H-11 studs from WOP.

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The ARP's(DI version)work well if installed correctly.
Elmo makes mucho power with them on stock head gaskets.
They also seem to be much more detonation proof than the H-11's as well.
Anyone at DPC that knows anything can vouch that they withstood some serious abuse.
I have seen H-11's let loose at a lot less.
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Re: Head studs, When?

Just out of curiosity has anyone ever tried raising the transmission up in the truck like you do on a Dmax to get the drivers rear studs in?
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Just out of curiosity has anyone ever tried raising the transmission up in the truck like you do on a Dmax to get the drivers rear studs in?
The rear one must have an angle of attack issue(or the angle of the dangle). Is it to get the stud in or the head over the stud? What about lifting the engine off the mount, taking the mount off and lowering the block to the frame? I don't know, just throwing ideas around.

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It's a pain in the rear, but ya you can get them in while the engine is still in the truck. I used stock headgaskets, heads were never off.
ive never heard of this. Is this what you mean......you take a head bolt out and then replace a stud/nut one of a time ? Then do the rest one of a time until all done?


is this ok to do?

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Thats what I'm thinking also. Lowering the motor has got to give ya at least 2 inches. Ben

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