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What to do...?
Just tested my head gasket with a 15 psi gauge, I drove up a huge hill with pedal floored in 4th gear (manual) and the needle was jumping around like crazy when the pressure cap relieved the pressure.
I have picked a shop to do the repairs. Well trusted powerstroke mechanic who has one himself and has studded and repaired dozens of them.
I will be doing an egr delete, new up pipe, ficm replaced and retuned, new oil cooler, cat 1 coolant, oil change, arp studs, ford gasket, head will be taken to a machine shop to be sure it is flat. This will cost $5,500, is that a reasonable price?
I will also be buying an sct itsx from quicktricksauto $469
And I think I want to do an exhaust, I can get one for $350, from a local diesel shop (not the one doing my repairs). It is a 4 inch turbo back without Cat. Should I be particular about the exhaust or are they all pretty much the same? Can I install this myself in 2 hours and save $140 on labor? How much does an exhaust help with fuel economy? I am hoping to be at 17mpg around town when I am all done? Is that reasonable if i drive conservatively? Sorry for all the questions, it's a business truck so I can't justify the exhaust unless it is going to pay for itself in fuel savings.
Am I forgetting anything that should be done while I am at it?
2006 F-350 CC LWB 4x4 manual.
ARP'S, iTSX (tuned by Vivian), Silverline Turboback, Full Force Diesel 155cc injectors, EGR delete, Barder Stage 1.