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Newby here looking for mod opinions
Hello, I'm new to this site and diesel trucks and would like some suggestions for where to start on mods since I'm in need of deleting my EGR cooler and will need a SCT custom tune to by-pass the CEL once doing this.
I bought a 2005 F250 FX4 CC 6.0L with 115K miles and after the fact noticed coolant level keeps droping and no sign of where it's going other than a steamy exhaust. I had intended to drive the truck stock for awhile before putting much $$$ into it to make sure it would work out for my needs but I need to correct this problem now and I think I am liking the truck well enough to keep it for several years, it sure handled the 10K lb load I pulled today very well, this is my first 3/4 ton truck.
I'm planning on doing the EGR delete, upgraded oil cooler, STC fitting, dummy plugs, upgraded trubo drain tube and clean the turbo myself for now, wanted to do the head studs but currently don't have the facilities and time to tackle that job right now so one question is what is the odds of me having head gasket troubles by putting a tune on the truck even though I am a fairly light footed driver? I'd like a bit more bottom and mid range torque to get the truck moving a little freeer but I'm not looking to race it or dog it.
First I'm looking relability, second a MPG increase and then to free up a few ponies. After doing the things listed above what would be a good next easy step? Exhaust, intake? I'm sure I probably need to install an EGT gauge, is there a stock sensor that can be monitored for this or do you have to drill and tap for a new sensor?
Sorry guys for the long post, again I'm new to this 6.0 creature but I have been reading up alot on it and I'd like to hear some of your opinions on upgrades you think would best suit me for the way I'd use the truck which is occasional heavy towing and looking for reliability and better economy but not trying to make a race truck. Thanks