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Old 04-28-2011, 01:55 AM
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Well guys and gals just wanted to post what was going on with my truck after porting my intake and heads on this thread=http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=80084

Yesterday I noticed my truck running a bit.. I dunno how to explain it but Ill say its running with less performance, MPG's went down and exhaust smell like its burning freaking rich.

Today I noticed the check engine light pop up . I kinda expected it. So I pull the spark plug on cyl.3 and after unpluging the spark plug wire I noticed a small puddle of motor oil build up on the spark plug. I pulled it cleaned it up and reinstalled. I reset the computer, started it up and took it for a drive. It felt alot better after driving 40 plus miles. Im assuming it cycled a few times and engine light would of poped up by now. Im curious how the hell that oil got there and will it happen again? Should I prepare myself for something bigger to happen hahaha damit. Oh yeah whats up with that P1281 pd code "eng running cold". Has anyone had this similar problems? Im searching through threads but maybe im not looking in the right ones

Thanks ya'll for reading. Ill keep ya'll posted on my future findings and results.
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Old 04-28-2011, 08:23 AM
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Not 100 percent sure about the oil situation but I can tell you the trouble code p1281 is 99 percent of the time a thermostat problem. I had this issue with my 5.9 last year about this time. Installed new one and was good to go
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Not 100 percent sure about the oil situation but I can tell you the trouble code p1281 is 99 percent of the time a thermostat problem. I had this issue with my 5.9 last year about this time. Installed new one and was good to go
Good to go BRYAN! I should of replaced that muther when I had her out. Im going to my docs appt 29 miles away. We'll see how she performs. Im also buying some new plugs.
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Well after inspecting the engine i've concluded that it might be a valve stem seal, or maybe some kind of debri not letting a valve close.
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Just out of curiousity what was the cost associated with porting the heads and did you really notice a big difference or more work than its worth
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Gaskets and all the misc. things was about 160 ish. Give or take. I did all my the work myself so no cost in labor. At the present time im feeling more work than its worth but honestly I know when I square away all these smaller issues Ill feel it was worth it. Plus this mod ties in with all my future upcoming mods so when its all said and done... It'll definetly be worth all these headaches HOORAH!
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So guess what I found out today... To my suprise the oil was leaking from my valve covers. The RTV wasent holding up so im replacing them with gaskets. Thank god I thought it was somthing major.
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Was all the work worth it as far as performance and what else are you planning on doing?
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Was all the work worth it as far as performance and what else are you planning on doing?
Thats the Million dollar question and after driving it for about a month I feel it was worth it not just because of the performance but because I have been wanting to do this mod & a couple of others ones for a few years now, and after successfully pully this off alone from day one (well not really alone the Z helped out too) it has given me a hell of alot more confidence and jbryan that right there bud is priceless
But back to performance yes bud It helped pick that 6600 lbs beast up! That alone is an acomplishment hahaha. Well my other future mods (wish list) are as follows:

1 Going back to stock tires 275/55/20 maybe 285/50/20 I loved how they handled! Currently using 275/60/20

2 Remove 2.5" leveling kit

3 Blisteen shocks all around

4 Crossed drilled rotors all around

5 Hooker longtube headers

6 True duel 3" exhaust , xpipe w/ dual series 10 flowmasters dumped

7 UD pulleys

8 Electric Fan & Water pump with HD alternator(not sure yet)

9 Comp Cams 270 Magnum hyd. flat tappet cam kit pt# K20-214-4 dont wana go to go to crazy right now.

10 Edlebrock Air Gap Intake

11 MSD ign. 8mm wires

12 Looking to getting it all tuned by hemifever
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