#1
and is it worth taking your bass down to a music shop to have the truss rob adjusted to heavier strings?
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Is there such a thing as a heavy riff with out chugging on the e string?
#2
Heavier strings have greater tension and are slightly louder (but it's only really noticible in huge gauge differences).

You can do truss rod adjustments yourself; I do. However, if you're not confident, don't take the risk.
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#3
I used to change my gauges often trying to find what I liked and didn't get it set up. I ended up having weird fret buzzing on the 8th fret E string. I took it in to get setup and it fixed it some but not all the way. While i can't prove it was the gauge changing I believe that you don't have to do it every time but do it every two or 3 times you change gauges and when you finally find the gauges you like get it set up with them.
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#5
you can tune them down and they wont get as floppy.......

plus, if you have a crappy bass they might rip your neck off...literally...