Depends. Starting from a stock truck; I was quoted $4600.00 for flush, new coolant, new oil cooler, EGR delete, ARP studs, OEM Ford head gaskets, blue spring fp mod, oil change and new fuel and oil filters.Around how much would it cost to install head studs?
You'll need to test to see if your egr cooler and oil cooler are running within their parameters. Many change them out while stuff is apart. An addition of a coolant filter is a great idea at this point. While heads are off get them checked for flatness and and any cracking. Flushing the coolant before taking stuff apart is also a good idea. Upgrading the STC fitting plus various o-rings (stand pipe, dummy plugs, injectors, etc) and of course, head gaskets are needed too.so if I were to get head studs, what else do I need?
It is slightly frustrating to have to put a good chink of change into a truck that most of us payed over 30K for in the first place. The real issue is that you would want a Dmax! I can understand a cummins! haha, sorry, had to rant...Does anyone besides me see how rediculous this is?! Wish I'd known I'd have to plunk down an additional 5 grand on this truck before I bought it. Would have spent the extra money on a D-Max! I mean, isn't anybody else pissed about it?! The designers made a mistake on this. THEY need to make it right! Hell, the government would've bailed them out anyway. Sorry. Had to rant about it.
I tell you what, you want a duramax go get one, i switched from a 04 duramax to a 07 6.0L about 4 months ago, i knew the problems but duramax's had injector problems... and if you don't care about being squooshed in your truck, get a duramax, yea the motor could handle the power i threw at it but the injectors and labor for mine was quoted out at $4,000. You think i regret getting my ford and dumping my duramax? Not at all other than my stupid kid side loving the extra power, until my tranny went into limp mode... I love my ford way more than i loved my duramax... Built :ford: Tough _____ Izuzu = Foreign... :nono:Does anyone besides me see how rediculous this is?! Wish I'd known I'd have to plunk down an additional 5 grand on this truck before I bought it. Would have spent the extra money on a D-Max! I mean, isn't anybody else pissed about it?! The designers made a mistake on this. THEY need to make it right! Hell, the government would've bailed them out anyway. Sorry. Had to rant about it.
Don't do part of the job and leave the important parts out. One of the issues Ive noticed is guys pullin their heads slappin a new set of gaskets n studs in but don't send the heads out for pressure testing etc. Im a big believer that the negative rep this engine has gotten are due to half assed mechanics. My 03 that Ive had since new has had a ton of mods, stacked tuners and a water/meth kit on for some reason unknown to me it never blew a head gasket. Then theres the guys that barely drive it n theyre spending thousands. Do it right or don't do it at all. Just my 2 centsI think you'll be hard pressed to get an honest answer to that question. Most professional mechanics (and most amateurs for that matter) won't do "half" a job.
This reminds me of a time when a friend shows at my place and says "I need a new throw-out bearing". I promptly tell him to pick up a new clutch and pressure plate too. He then tells me he only wants the bearing replaced. So, stupid me, I take it apart for him and I show him that the pressure plate is gouged from the worn bearing. He doesn't care and tells me to put it together like that. A week later he comes back with the same problem. I then told him where to go!
I don't mean to be negative. Some jobs just aren't meant to be done part way. If you can't afford to do it right, it's best to wait until you can or you risk spending more than you have to.
Finally. Someone else gets it. LolIm a big believer that the negative rep this engine has gotten are due to half assed mechanics. Do it right or don't do it at all. Just my 2 cents