Originally Posted by dmcdowell
After replacing the FICM a couple of months ago I blew the head gaskets. Heading out to do some trail riding/scouting/hunting this weekend and got about 5 miles from my camp spot and truck started blowing white smoke. So much for a fun weekend. After having my truck towed home I have started the process of pulling the cab. I figure that as long as I am putting head gaskets in I should do some tuning. I need help with a few items with my newly acquired project.
First what is the best way to rig the cab to be lifted off from overhead? I have a frontend loader and a bomb truck available to pull it.
Next where is the best place to get a bulletproofing kit and Head gasket set to do a complete top end rebuild? I'd recommend BPD, not the cheapest but their customer service is absolutely the best in the business!
I am looking at putting in a 4" exhaust system as long as I have it accessible what would be a good system to get for a moderate sound? MBRP makes great exhaust systems, as long as you get a muffler, its not going to be to loud.
What is the best way to bypass the EGR? Either weld both ends of the egr cooler or get a complete egr delete. I like welding each end of the cooler because you can still pass visual emissions test this way.
I have heard about putting in a oil cooler/filter system what is a good set up?I think your referring to a coolant filter to help prolong the life of your oil cooler. Dieselsite has a great looking coolant filter that's affordable. Make sure you change the coolant to an ELC coolant. Fords gold coolant is junk!
Should I change the air intake?The 6.0 intake is going to be good for 500rwhp while have excellent filtration! I wouldn't Change it unless your getting turbo and injectors
What other changes should I make as long as I have it down?Not sure on your year of truck but there is a few little things that need to be replaced depending on year... Dummy plugs and standpipes, turbo drain tube, STC fitting, HPOP screen (metal), IPR screen, updated fuel spring... There are several other little things but some don't choose to replace them...
Thanks for the help
This can be very tricky and extremely dangerous. I've done this with two friends and two skid steers though, lol. What I did was once everything was disconnected (of course) I used a jack to raise one side of the cab to allow two 2x6's inbetween the cab and the frame, (only on one side) then I did the same on the other side. Once the cab was raised off the frame by the 2x6's, we used three 4x4's that stretched from one side to the other. We then placed the skid steer bucket against the 4x4's and slowly raised both buckets while slowly creeping towards the cab because as the bucket raises it moves inward of the machine. Once it was clear we rolled the chassis and set the cab on several cinder blocks that had a 4x4 frame built on the cinder blocks. Good luck and be careful, I'm sure there is other ways to do this but that's the we tackled this. Oh, and it was on 99 superduty... But the fundamentals of lifter are the same.