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Old February 19th, 2017, 04:12 PM   #1
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So I dumped my subaru commuter about a year ago and picked up this truck for some of the leftover after paying off the car note:


2006 2500hd lbz duramax

It belonged to my father who used it for hotshotting boats around the country for 6 years. Knowing its history and what had been done to it and how he treated it, I wasnt too worried about it having 632k miles on the ticker. The transmission had been swaped around 550k for a unit with 150k. The motor had a small oil and coolant leak, but what can you expect with that sort of mileage.

I added the topper and have since painted it white and threw a pair of tires on it. The truck runs great and and still really makes some power. The only boat hauling it does these days though is her 23ft chris craft.



Sometime around labor day the motor started chirping and blowing coolant out of the overflow. After doing a bit of research I realized ai should have done a bit of research before I bought a duramax with this amout of mileage and hadnt had the head gaskets done yet. After learning that this typically runs north of 5k to have done, I decided to tackle the job myself in my 2 car garage.



Progress has been slow as I typically only work on it a few hours at a time. Most shops pull the cab off the frame, but I dont have the luxury of a hoist. I was also was delayed on starting due to my jeep not being functional when the truck went down.

Today I fianally got the heads off.I should have them to a machine shop this week to have preassure tested and if good, decked.



I cannot decide on a couple of options for gasket kits. Do I buy a basic kit and add the gaskets that I need seperatly, or buy a full kit and have lots of left over unused gaskets? Im not sure on which will be cheaper. I am also unsure if I should go with standard head bolts, or upgrade to studs. I like the idea of upping my success with this with the extra clamping force.

I dont plan on doing any tunes or power adders. The only additional option I plan on is an egr delete. Its amazing how disgusting the intake tubing is beyond the cooler. Everything is coated in a thick tar like sludge.

I am ready to have my garage back though and am happy to finally be turning the corner on this project.


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Old February 20th, 2017, 12:48 PM   #2
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I would think that studs would be the way to go. What is the price difference between studs and bolts?
Also why would t you buy a full gasket kit, I would think now while it's all torn apart would be a good time to do any other gaskets that have 600k miles on them even if you don't necessarily have to tear that specific piece apart
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Turns out I have 1 bad head. The hunt is on for a good used one. I did order the egr delete today. Found a non blue tube (claims to be stainless steel) on amazon for $119 shipped.

Studs seem to be a $400 upgrade to a kit with bolts. I cannot find just the studs for less than $550.
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Oh, and does anybody have a van style y bridge laying around?
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$400 is a lot of money
If you plan on keeping it bone stock then I would think that the stock bolts should be good for another 600k
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