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Old 06-04-2012, 08:00 PM
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Coolant Filter Mod

Hey Guys, i have been researching the whole coolant flush and fill proceedure and adding the Coolant Filter Mod. but all of the info i am finding are threads back form 08 when a lot of people were adding them then. Does anyone know where i can still purchase the COolant filter housing and filters? I am preparing to do the flush and fill soon and want to install the filter then. i have read through Gooch's link that everyone refers to so will follow that proceedure, just looking for a good place to purchase the filter stuff and the Red HD ELC coolant. Checked all the places around where i live and no one has it, so will need to order that too. I'd appreciate any info on the Filters/housing and hoses Thanks
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:04 PM
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I went with the one here:
http://www.dieselsite.com/

I like it, easy clean install. I haven't needed to replace a filter yet and I have run it 15k miles.

I bought the housing and used a touch of silicone, no regrets or leaks.

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Old 06-04-2012, 08:06 PM
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sorry for the double post -
as for coolant, stop by the local CAT dealer. There should be one SOMEWHERE around you. You can use their ELC. I have also seen it at local truck stops too.
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ok cool thanks Scott. Also now that i am looking at this... because i will be removing the thermostat as part of Gooch's instructions, Guess i should go ahead and replace it... Wondering if i should replace with the 203* thermostat? What are the benefits? And yeah after checking ... local auto stores suggested the truck stops too... Maybe easier to just order some, nearest truck stop isnt all that close.
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That's up for a lot of debate. I voted no, just because it was cheaper/easier.
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Ok, but why would anyone want to run a 203* therm. I mean what's the logic ... what's the benefit? Sorry for all th questions, just trying to understand

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Ok, but why would anyone want to run a 203* therm. I mean what's the logic ... what's the benefit? Sorry for all th questions, just trying to understand

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I personally did it because I did the housing (mine was leaking) and figured why not lol

But from my understanding International desgined it to run at 203 and ford decreased it to 180 for emissions or something like that at least anyways

Makes sense to me to swap to a 203 becuase it is a compression ignition engine after all. But thats just me
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I recently replaced my water pump with a replacement from Riff Raff, then added the 203* t-stat, billet housing, and coolant filter from Diesel Site. Only issue I had was an occasional dribble of anti-freeze from the t-stat housing. Little bit of RTV seems to have fixed that. I've only had it on for 100~ miles, but has been great so far.
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My motor has 428,000 miles on it and after reading debate after debate on the 203, I was on the fence, so I said what the hell. I can honestly say that extra 10-15 degrees on my motor did wonders. Maybe not so much on a younger engine that still has new/near new compression, who knows, but on my high milage engine, not only can i hear the difference in driving and idling, but i can even feel some difference in throttle once up to op temp. just my testimonial.
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I did the 203*F thermo, thermo housing, and built my own filter setup like Dieselsite's.
I like the 203*F thermo. It does idle a touch quieter at full operating temp. Like 400k, I've got 323k miles, and maybe that's why it helped more. Also, Ford OEM thermo is 195*F.
Also, more info from me - Best hose routing for coolant filter
For the coolant, any brand will do as long as it has a spec rating of CAT EC-1. OReilly's has Peak's version. Final Charge Global. Be sure to get 4 gals of concentrate.
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