No, I would not drop the motor in that case. But, I don't think that is what folks are saying. It's about being preventative when the motor is out and perhaps a few items get replaced that may not need it.
It's similar to the risk management I spoke about prior.
Not sure about you John, but I regularly have my car at 8500 RPM. When I drive it - I DRIVE IT
I don't usually go above 7k but that's not the issue. To me preventive maintenance is changing fluids and filters annually, checking tire pressures frequently, changing belts and tensioners every 3, 5, 7, what ever years. Things that if you ignore will result in catastrophic failures. Replacing seals, cracked headers, cats, TCUs is corrective maintenance. Some need immediate attention, others not so much.
As I said, I have seen new seals and new and rebuild water pumps leak/fail shortly after installation. I'd rather stick with what was working. How far do you take the just in case argument when you pull the engine? When not pull the trans and replace the rear main seals while the engine is out? How about the front main seal? Heck, the crank is turning twice as fast as the cams. What about the triple seals? Don't forget the cam drive bearings and seals. Mine as well pull the head and replace the head gaskets, just incase. Oh hell, mine as well take the car to the dump and buy an new one, everything needs to be replaced.
Seriously, it just goes against common sense that the only seals in the engine that need to be replaced so frequently are cam seals. It's total BS perpetuated by fear.
I know that I have a different perspective on this because starting with the purchase of my 308 back in 85 I made a conscious decision to test the Ferrari way of thinking. I said it's a car. I'm going to treat it like one. I've always completely ignored the fact that it says Ferrari on the hood. It doesn't mean a thing to me. It's a car dam it, a car!
Well, now you got me going!