well I am finally in the beginning stages of my build, early 04 F250... have been doing a lot of reading on here for a while and this is what I have so far. this is going to be a budget friendly build that can be used for a DD, towing, and have fun on the street. I know there are many of you on here at already have your truck built so please give insite, but this will also be good for the many guys that are just starting to tinker with their 6.0...
what the truck has so far
4" exhaust turbo back
sinister coolant filter
brute force cold air intake
6.4 banjo bolts (yes I realize now that this is useless...keep reading)
SCT Livewire TS with eric's Tow w/brake, street, and x street tune
305/65/18 cepek fun country 2's
the truck is a fun and yet reliable truck so far... but I have a gasser pulling truck and like that... I cant leave well enough alone
I have the sinister full delete and studs sitting here in the box already
already ordered and waiting on the tuner from PHP for my Atlas 40 tune
Barder Stage 2
My custom built traction bars
my own fuel system
new ford oil cooler
debating between OEM gaskets or giving RCD's new gaskets a shot...
and also debating on doing heat wrap on the exhaust as well...
to elaborate on a couple things...
I have called over to barders a couple times and been discussing. because I have an 03 turbo im debating on sending that to them and having them do a full rebuild, and then they would only have to do the stage 1 mods to my compressor side for me to have a stage 2... saves a lot of money. but at the same time it would be nice to have an all new turbo...
I don't wanna try to explain my traction bars on here until I have built them. I believe in a ladder style bar and they are a truly different style... excellent results with all the ones I have built for my buddies... but these are gonna have a new twist to them and see how it turns out. there is one or two companies out there that have something similar to mine but the are not the same.
the fuel system I speak of above is like a reg return... from what ive learned throughout reading on here and what not... running 175/stock is basically my limit for the stock fuel system without actually needing a reg. return. but I wanna allow myself room to grow. I would build a reg return similar to the PSE return kit that Rudy's diesel sells. I like the fact they use actual fittings rather than banjo's and small lines. so if im going to build my own then why not redo the lines that feed the heads in the similar fashion.. just my thoughts.
ive been talking with innovative and trying to do a new tune with PI and attempt to keep the vane sweep on there that I currently have. who knows what will happen there. as far as the wrap on the exhaust It was something that I had thought about and would see if it does anything... I want to powdercoat some parts to make a clean and sharp looking engine compartment.
any thoughts and opinions are helpful..... thanks again guys!