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Can 6.0's use grid heaters?

This may be a really dumb question, but is there a way to run a grid heater on my 6.0?
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No they use glow plugs. The motor design doesn't permit a grid heater.


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No they use glow plugs. The motor design doesn't permit a grid heater.
So a grid heater or anything similar cant be added to improve cold starts?

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So a grid heater or anything similar cant be added to improve cold starts?

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Why are you specifically wanting a grid heater?

It already has a block heater and like mentioned the 6.0 uses glowplugs to where the cummins has to use a grid heater instead because of its design.

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Can 6.0's use grid heaters?

A 58 volt FICM made a BIG difference in my cold weather starts. Using 5W40 synthetic oil and an oil pan heater also makes a big difference.

Wonder what the heat coming off a grid heater would do to all that oily soot that the EGR system and CCV system coats the intake manifold with. LOL.

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Why are you specifically wanting a grid heater?

It already has a block heater and like mentioned the 6.0 uses glowplugs to where the cummins has to use a grid heater instead because of its design.
Just watching my buddy start his 6.7 cummins on cold mornings. Doesnt struggle at all.

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A 58 volt FICM made a BIG difference in my cold weather starts. Using 5W40 synthetic oil and an oil pan heater also makes a big difference.

Wonder what the heat coming off a grid heater would do to all that oily soot that the EGR system and CCV system coats the intake manifold with. LOL.
I may look into this. Will I need any upgrades to the fuel system?

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Just watching my buddy start his 6.7 cummins on cold mornings. Doesnt struggle at all.

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Hmm that honestly might have something to do with his being newer rather then just the grid heater setup. Our 06 Dodge 3500 does pretty good with grid heaters but I wouldn't say it is so amazing that it is better then Fords I have seen and had.

The have read that a lot of the older cummins actually have a very hard time starting sometimes in the colder temps.

Hopefully you can find a good setup that gives you the results you are looking for. With really good batteries, starter, ficm, and glow plugs on a good motor, you shouldn't really be having any trouble starting up quickly. But like it was mentioned, upgrading the ficm seems like it is helping to give people the start up times they are looking for just make sure everything else it up to snuff as well.

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