So when the standard labor times go from 30-36hours to complete the job, is this in terms of lifting the cab? The reason I ask is because I plan to change my gaskets and stud my heads and am trying to figure out if I wanna pull the engine out or lift the cab.
I'll be doing an EGR delete and installing a down pipe too while im in there
Yeah I have access to a lift, so maybe I'll do that.
Though going back to pulling the engine out, I was considering maybe replacing my rods with LML rods but im not sure if this is worth it or not. Any thoughts? No plans on racing, just keeping my truck for several more years
Yeah aftermarket ones are completely out of the question right now so thats why I was considering the LML ones since they arent expensive at all. But like you said, doesnt seem worth it unless I do go the aftermarket route.
So when people pull the wheels out when doing head gaskets, is this literally just to make the truck lower to the ground just so its easier to reach?
Forgive me for the thread highjack but I am in the same boat with head gaskets right now. I am planning on doing my own Dye Penetrant test and flatness check on the heads. Any thoughts out there as far as where to look for common crack locations, specs on flatness?
I just got mine back together. Each has his preference, but if ever do another one I will probably do the same thing I did on this one. I removed both front fender (not too bad to do) then after having trouble getting a couple of exhaust bolts loose, I lifted the cab about 4 inches. Didn't remove the cab, but a few cab bolts and a jack and you can raise a cab in about 20 minutes and give yourself much more access to the back of the engine.