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What does it mean to be bulletproof?

I'm about to hop up my bosses 05 excursion. What needs to be done? what should be done?
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Full egr delete, head studs with oem gaskets, coolant bypass filter, stc fitting, and banjo bolts. Also check ipr for slits in the screen, and ficm voltage. Also run an ELC coolant like delo or cat, and 5w40 synthetic oil

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Also do the blue fuel pressure spring

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Full egr delete, head studs with oem gaskets, coolant bypass filter, stc fitting, and banjo bolts. Also check ipr for slits in the screen, and ficm voltage. Also run an ELC coolant like delo or cat, and 5w40 synthetic oil

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Why OEM gaskets? If you've already got it apart why not upgrade? Just curious since I will be doing similar mods shortly. Thanks
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Why OEM gaskets? If you've already got it apart why not upgrade? Just curious since I will be doing similar mods shortly. Thanks
The OEM gaskets have the best track record. There are a couple after market options including black onyx gaskets but those seem to fail quite frequently and you'll find yourself replacing the gaskets again. Use OEM you won't regret the decision if done correctly

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There really arent any upgraded head gaskets for the 6.0L. The black onyx gaskets from what Ive seen here are a major problems child.

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The actual answer to your question would lead you to the company "Bullet Proof Diesel", and I would imagine their "full bulletproof kit" would give you the definition you're looking for.

Most of us are working toward what would probably be safely considered "semi" bullet proof, as we mostly don't choose the BPD external oil cooler.

But you've got most of the list in the above posts. It would certainly require:
-a gauge set of some sort to read data from the OBD-II port that can do the 6.0L properly. Either Scangauge II or Edge Insight is most common
-a known good oil cooler, whether OEM or BPD
-for years with square cooler, either a EGR cooler delete or the improved cooler from BPD
-either frequent replacement schedule for the Ford Gold Premium coolant, or preferably, replacement with CAT EC-1 rated ELC coolant
-a coolant filter
-for years that have it, replace the STC fitting
-stand pipes and dummy plugs for some years (not sure which)
-blue spring kit
-synthetic oil
-OEM oil, fuel and air filters

Most of us aren't planning to do the studs unless we have to.

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The actual answer to your question would lead you to the company "Bullet Proof Diesel", and I would imagine their "full bulletproof kit" would give you the definition you're looking for.

Most of us are working toward what would probably be safely considered "semi" bullet proof, as we mostly don't choose the BPD external oil cooler.

But you've got most of the list in the above posts. It would certainly require:
-a gauge set of some sort to read data from the OBD-II port that can do the 6.0L properly. Either Scangauge II or Edge Insight is most common
-a known good oil cooler, whether OEM or BPD
-for years with square cooler, either a EGR cooler delete or the improved cooler from BPD
-either frequent replacement schedule for the Ford Gold Premium coolant, or preferably, replacement with CAT EC-1 rated ELC coolant
-a coolant filter
-for years that have it, replace the STC fitting
-stand pipes and dummy plugs for some years (not sure which)
-blue spring kit
-synthetic oil
-OEM oil, fuel and air filters

Most of us aren't planning to do the studs unless we have to.
You've done your homework and are right on target. That is a great start and usually enough for the casual owner.

If you're going to pump up the power with injectors and a turbo then head studs are a good idea. Otherwise address if they go.
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Why OEM gaskets? If you've already got it apart why not upgrade? Just curious since I will be doing similar mods shortly. Thanks
because OEM gaskets are the best... there's nothing to upgrade to
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Here's the thread I put together on the matter of bullet-proofing the 6.0L's shortfalls:

Write Up: Bullet-Proofing the 6.0L PSD.

Stay away from the Black Onyx gaskets, due to their failure rate, and BPD is my recommendation for your EGR solution.
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