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Diesel NOOB Here - Hello!!
Just bought an 05 6.0L PS Excursion - Eddie Bauer with only 25.5K miles and one owner (unbelievable)!! I am stoked! I bought an extended power-train warranty that will take coverage through 5 year and up to 125K miles.
I have been reading through a ton of threads on here already and have a few questions I want to get out there before I start making modifications to my yacht.
1. Headers -- With the 6.0, it seems header bolts are an issue and a source of contention and everyone has an opinion on when they should be replaced. Since I have an extended warranty, would it be wise to hold off on this adjustment until I near the end of the warranty?
2. Exhaust -- Does adding a turbo back exhaust and removing the cat nullify my warranty on the drive-train?
3. CAI -- I have come to the conclusion that unless I am going to push the engine above 500 HP (which I am not), then the stock AI is perfectly suited. I plan on 'Zoodad'ing it though, that is safe enough and cheap. What is a good drop in filter for the stock AI? Or is the stock filter adequate??
4. Gauges -- I have read that certain people think the gauges should be on of the first mods done. I am in agreement somewhat - the more information we have in general, the better. Any suggestions on type, brand, and those with the easiest setup??
5. Oil and Additives -- Will using full synthetic oil from now on be beneficial for the 6.0 over the long run? Are there any additives I should be using now, and on a consistent basis, to get the best MPG's and keep the engine clean?
My ultimate goal is to purchase a travel trailer to pull all over North America. I don't have a desire to add a tuner, although I am open-minded and could be persuaded otherwise. I just want to do make those changes to the truck that will help it run as efficiently and long as possible. I love this truck and want to keep it forever.
Let me know if I am missing anything, this is my first diesel and am excited to learn.