I see two potential options:
Bullet Proof Diesel oil cooler which is very expensive
New Ford Oil Cooler plus a coolant filter
My thought is that if I can get the coolant to stay clean, the Ford's crappy oil cooler design won't get gummed up, or at least not as quickly. Any experience/advice?
Maybe if I go with option two, I may even install the coolant filter and run for a few months before swapping out the oil cooler so it doesn't get dirty right way.
Most affordable option is to wait to the stage where you need to replace the oil cooler (Deltas in that 14-15* range), and do the job one time with as much efficiency as possible.
-Drain Ford Gold
-Install bypass Coolant Filter
-Run the Restore Plus treatment
-Run the Restore treatment
-Run Distilled Water treatment 5-7 times
-Drain the Oil
-Tear down the truck
-Replace the Oil Cooler
-Solve your EGR Cooler
-Solve your MY issues, if any remain
-Clean the interior of your Intake Manifold
-Put everything back together with fresh filters all around (Coolant, Oil, and Fuel)
-Refill Oil of choice
-Refill Coolant with a quality silicate-free ELC
-Enjoy the truck until those deltas tell you to do so again.
Some owners have great success with the stock oil cooler, I'm at 93K and only needed one cooler replacement to date. Job takes a long time to do correctly, and most shops simply don't understand the 6.0L enough to do it right.
Several people have had that same plan.....has worked ok for some and failed miserably for others.
But the bpd oil cooler hasnt failed, it proves its self time and time again.
Failures. . . no, but the BPD external cooler, even if you use the newer HD coolers, isn't the 100% solution for every 6.0L out there. In particular, the lower geared trucks, and those that tow heavy. (Check build thread in sig for more details here.)
I really like the newer HD Coolers, and the stock oil filter option. Both will work for a lot of owners, and the build of the parts is second to none. This isn't a shot at BPD, but everyone needs to understand the trade off between the stock oil cooler, and any air-to-oil cooler.