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idk if this is thr right area to post this but does 5k sound like a good price to get truck studded at a shop im in medina ohio would love to get it studded for under 3k! only been to one shop 5 is way to high right?
 

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5k is a little high. We usually do studs,egr delete, coolant filter, oem head gaskets, all new top end gaskets, head machining and all for a little less than that.
 

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yea i already have all of that except for studs and gaskets i got all my stuff from you through patrick.
 

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Are your head gaskets actually blown?? If they are not, I would recommend just paying $400 for some studs and swapping them out yourself one at a time and torquing them down to spec. You would have to move some stuff around in the engine compartment but you could get er done with some time, patience, a good socket/wrench set, and a torque wrench. That would save A LOT right there.
 

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can they actually be done 1 at a time!?!?! mine ARE NOT blown
 

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Yes they can! As I mentioned above, you have to move some stuff out of the way like the heater core box on the passenger side of the firewall and you might have to "massage" the fire wall some because the bolts/tools MAY hit (I have heard of guys that didnt have any contact whatsoever); but either way, if pull a head bolt out and replace it with a stud that is torqued to spec, it most certainly can be done and there are plenty of folks running studs this way with great success. If I would have thought about it more when I did my head gasket job, I would have went this route to begin with. Ask Jeremy (lubeowner) about this and he can give you the skinny on it a little better probably. I would think this could save a few thousand for other and more important things :evil
 

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mine is done one at a time and is holding over 55psi boost and not a single drop out of the degas bottle. it works as long as your heasd are COMPLETELY FLAT!! also i torqued mine to 255 twice!!!!
 

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i have a very tiny amount of white dried it looks like on the degas bottle is that a no go for 1 at a time?
 

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Man the best thing you can do is hook up a pressure gauge and drive the #### outta it. If heads lift even a little it will be a dead give away. That's what I did with mine. Coolant pressure never got over 13 lbs so I said #### it and took the chance. I torqued the piss out of the studs though.
 

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Yea when I did my head gaskets I only torqued the studs to 210+ twice. I am thinking that I am going to go back over them again when I swap my injectors back out here in a couple of weeks and taking them up to like 225 twice over.

I look at it this way for the one stud at a time deal. It is kind of a PITA to move the heater core box but other than that it is basically really easy because you dont have to pull any turbo, intake manifold, fuel lines, etc and if it doesnt hold then at least you have the studs already. So in the end you are really only out like a few hundred bucks and some time. JMO.
 

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Yea when I did my head gaskets I only torqued the studs to 210+ twice. I am thinking that I am going to go back over them again when I swap my injectors back out here in a couple of weeks and taking them up to like 225 twice over.

I look at it this way for the one stud at a time deal. It is kind of a PITA to move the heater core box but other than that it is basically really easy because you dont have to pull any turbo, intake manifold, fuel lines, etc and if it doesnt hold then at least you have the studs already. So in the end you are really only out like a few hundred bucks and some time. JMO.
just wondering why only 225?
 

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Well it seemed like a reasonable increase over 210. I have heard that 245 is what quite a few folks take them to. Also my torque wrench only goes to 250ftlbs.
 

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fare enough lol
 

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Man the best thing you can do is hook up a pressure gauge and drive the #### outta it. If heads lift even a little it will be a dead give away. That's what I did with mine. Coolant pressure never got over 13 lbs so I said #### it and took the chance. I torqued the piss out of the studs though.
wheres this gauge u speak of hahahah
 

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well you can rent a gauge from a parts store or what i did is just put a 3/8 tee in the radiator over flow hose and hook it up to a low pressure gauge. i just used my boost gauge so i could monitor it with ease while driving. any type of pressure gauge will work.
 

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i havnt sprayed any n02 yet but i am running water injection at 8lbs of boost so im almost always spraying. water/meth will raise the cp's a good amount and n02 even more! and i havnt had any releaving of the degas bottle. ill be spraying n02 and meth the middle of this week so that will diffently put it to the test. with the shot of n02 i should be seeing well over 60 psi of boost.
 

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alright should do this tomorrow then. hopping i can do this. one by one. ive been runnig KEM tunes with non studded tunes so i should be alright.
 

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check it before you start or yull be wasting your time LOL
 

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Yea I'm with Matt here. Check the pressure first. Get the truck up to operating temp at like 30 mph and pin the throttle and see what the pressures get up to.
 
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