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post #1 of 25 Old 12-20-2011, 06:31 AM Thread Starter
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Does the bullet proof work

I am on the verge of investing 4000.00 in my truck. The bulletproof diesel egr cooler and oil cooler, have the bottom end completely re sealed, black onyx head baskets, and arp head studs. This is my investment to ensure i have no more issues with my truck. From all my time searching on this forum and other like it, this seems to be the way to go and achieve reliability. Do I hear any objections, or input? I just want reliability to tow. Honestly if I have issues after this, I think my wife will kill me. Thanks for any input.
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Don't use the black onyx gaskets, use OEM head gaskets.
Do a search you will find quite a few threads about BO vs OEM gaskets.

And make sure you get the heads milled.

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Don't use the black onyx gaskets, use OEM head gaskets.
Do a search you will find quite a few threads about BO vs OEM gaskets.

And make sure you get the heads milled.
couldnt agree more... go with ford factory gaskets
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I am on the verge of investing 4000.00 in my truck. The bulletproof diesel egr cooler and oil cooler, have the bottom end completely re sealed, black onyx head baskets, and arp head studs. This is my investment to ensure i have no more issues with my truck. From all my time searching on this forum and other like it, this seems to be the way to go and achieve reliability. Do I hear any objections, or input? I just want reliability to tow. Honestly if I have issues after this, I think my wife will kill me. Thanks for any input.
Unless you have emissions testing I would delete the EGR cooler but regardless if you have the testing or not and just want to keep the cooler setup, the BPD cooler is about as reliable as you are going to get. I have heard of a few failing but it is VERY unlikely and eitherway they will replace it for free.

The oil cooler on the other hand is hands down the best way to go IMO if you dont mind spending the coin. It does work VERY well and as long as you get a thermostat for cold weather you will be good to go. This is a high quality kit that is engineered for our trucks.

Like already mentioned, take your heads to a machine shop to be checked/milled for flatness, leak checked, and magnafluxed. It is also a good idea to have hardened backseats installed on the exhaust valves with new guides and a valve job. Why not get them brought back to within spec while they are out, then this way you can just drive with them until the wheels fall off.

I would recommend updated stand pipes and dummy plugs as well as injector oring kits that include the top seal for the oil rail.

Lastly, please just pay the coin for the OEM gaskets. Some say that gaskets dont matter as long as the heads are milled flat and the proper block preping has been done but the most powerful 6.0 that I have heard of used OEM gaskets so that should tell you something right there. JMO

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Delete the EGR, or atleast used a EGR valve plug along with the BPD kit and remove the up pipe scoop. EGRs are bad because they let soot into the intake causing additional wear, and clogging the manifold.
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Egr is a must. Emissions is required.
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Definitely go with the full BulletProof kit. I have been VERY happy with mine and if you are going to keep your truck for a long time, it will be money well spent.

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BulletProof EGR Cooler
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Riff Raff Intercooler Boots
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Icon 2.5" Leveling Kit w/ F-350 rear blocks
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Well i got the final price. 4789.00 this would be for bullet proof egr and oil cooler, the entire bottom end repsealed leaky engine, head studs and all gaskets a fluids. This is about 700 more than i have. thinking of not doing the oil cooler. Not sure if I should do with out the oil cooler or head studs.
Or scourge for the other 700.00. I figure if you have the engine out, then do it all. No reason to add more labor. Wife not so convinced.
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Darn auto correct phone.
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It was a tough sell for my wife as well, but it was MUCH cheaper than going with a new truck. She finally agreed and last year when my turbo went out, she even bought me a new PowerMax turbo for it.

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CCV Reroute (Reinstated)
4" MBRP Exhaust
MTW Stage 1 Turbo
Bulletproof 53V FICM
BulletProof EGR Cooler
BulletProof Water Pump
Riff Raff Intercooler Boots
Gogo Diesel Direct Drive Solenoid
BulletProof All-Aluminum Radiator
BulletProof All-Aluminum Intercooler
BulletProof Oil Cooler System w/ Bypass Filter
SCT w/ Custom Tunes (TSD, DJ's, Innovative, Gearhead, QuickTricks)

Exterior Mods:
Bilstein 5100 Shocks
Icon Adjustable Trac Bar
Firestone RideRite Air Bags
BDS Dual Steering Stabilizer
Aluminum Finned Differential Cover
Reese 16k Manual Slider 5th Wheel Hitch
Icon 2.5" Leveling Kit w/ F-350 rear blocks
20" BMF Novakanes wrapped in 33" Nitto Terra Grapplers
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