Many customers do not understand that when a repair comes that it can be the opportune time to make improvements that can increase reliability and performance. While many OEM parts are satisfactory, there are components that are available that help make the truck more reliable. For instance, some customers come to Source Automotive with a damaged head gasket. This can be a very time consuming and expensive repair for the customer. This repair is almost always unexpected and never desired. When installed properly, ARP head studs reduce the chance of a head gasket failing.
Factory head bolts are torqued to 77ft/lbs and then rotated an additional 1/4 turn. These bolts are a one time use bolt and once they have been loosened, they can not be reused. Head studs are a different story. The torque spec on a set of ARP 2000 for a 24v Dodge Cummins Turbo Diesel is 125ft/lbs and they can be reused. These studs provide a significant increase in clamping force which helps to reduce the chance of a head gasket failure.
These head studs are not just for sled pulling or drag racing trucks. Anyone who wishes to make an upgrade to help avoid blowing a head gasket should consider installing head studs. These head studs can be installed on an intact gasket!
If you find yourself in need of a repair, or are interested in avoiding costly repairs, contact Source Automotive. They are experts in the Dodge Diesel platform and can help you make the best decision for your needs.
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