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Old 11-18-2011, 08:51 AM
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My first diesel.... Need advice

Just bought my first diesel 2wks ago and love this beast of a truck. I know very little about the do and don't list when it comes to taking care of this type of equipment.
Any advise will be greatly appreciated, I plan on keeping this truck for a long time so please give me a list of what and where to start as far as maint etc.

2005 Excursion 4x4 6.0 turbo diesel
3" lift w/ 33.5 x 10 5speed auto, 373 gears
105,000 miles

I've heard alot of folks talking about their 6.0 not having power...
Not the case here this truck RUNS very strong, and when the turbo cranks up holy cow.

Any advice on oil, filters, what ever.............. thanks
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here is a list of things that i would be looking into getting done... BTW congrats on only have 1 post and already becoming a supporter...

Gauges (you need to be able to monitor your temps.. i suggest this:Edge Inisight CTS)
exhaust (helps lower your egts a bit)
coolant filter kit
tuner (i recommend this: SCT X3 Custom Innovative Diesel Tuning)
EGR delete
ARP headstuds
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here is a list of things that i would be looking into getting done... BTW congrats on only have 1 post and already becoming a supporter...

Gauges (you need to be able to monitor your temps.. i suggest this:Edge Inisight CTS)
exhaust (helps lower your egts a bit)
coolant filter kit
tuner (i recommend this: SCT X3 Custom Innovative Diesel Tuning)
EGR delete
ARP headstuds

how much power i he looking to get out of that?
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how much power i he looking to get out of that?
generally its about 390-400hp to the wheels.... if you have ARP headstuds it can be tuned up a bit higher...
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Old 11-18-2011, 01:26 PM
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generally its about 390-400hp to the wheels.... if you have ARP headstuds it can be tuned up a bit higher...
after those basic upgrades, what would be the next step or option to get more power?
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nobody ever seems to able to answer that question for me
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Next would most likely be a turbo. It along with the right intercooler will keep the exhaust temps down especially if you push it hard with the programmer.
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Things to Consider

I'm a new 6.0 excursion owner as well. You will see numerous threads on instrumentation and I echo those recommendations. The Scangage II appears to be your easiest solution unless you plan to add a tuner. Bottom line is you need to be able to monitor the temperature difference between the engine oil and engine coolant. The scangage plugs into the diagnostic port and you have to go the scangage website to get some programming info. Get on the interstate, run the truck up to 70MPH for about 30 minutes and check the delta T. If your oil temp exceeds coolant by 15F or greater, you are ready for oil cooler replacement. Regardless of delta T, get a coolant filter on NOW. Even if you are close to the 15F delta T and will need to go for repairs, getting the coolant system as clean as possible prior to installing a new oil cooler is a good idea. Good luck with your new purchase and let me know if you want the details of repair costs for the 6.0 design issues or any other parts estimates.
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:06 PM
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Yeah what he said. Had major issues until I replaced my oil cooler. I would also emphasize being able to measure fuel pressure to keep an eye on injector health.
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