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Old 09-19-2013, 09:45 AM
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Bullet proofing a 6.0 van

Hello,

I own a 2009 6.0 E350 van, 4x4 conversion plus a conversion to a full blown camping rig. My wife and I love the van and plan to do some serious traveling, in some cases to remote areas. I'd really like to 'bullet proof' the 6.0 before running into problems -- our van has only 21,000 miles on the clock.

I've look at Bulletproof Diesels products, and from what I see I'd like to do the EGR cooler and the Oil cooler. The parts for this cost about $2600 -- no small amount of cash, but I think a wise investment. What concerns me is the cost to install -- I do not think this is a task I want to tackle myself. Anyone have a rough estimate of labor costs for a job like this? I am in the Portland Oregon area, so if you have suggestions for a shop, that would be welcome too.

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DJM
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Old 10-30-2013, 08:53 PM
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Could you just run a egr delete? If possible that is the first thing I would do as it is really the root of most 6.0 problems. Once that's done the next would be a coolant filter to save your oil cooler from being clogged but if it did clog, at least you wouldn't have an egr to cook!
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Old 10-30-2013, 08:54 PM
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Also I don't live in the area to help with a location to get the work done unless you want to take a trip to Victoria BC.
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Old 10-31-2013, 05:24 AM
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Could you just run a egr delete? If possible that is the first thing I would do as it is really the root of most 6.0 problems. Once that's done the next would be a coolant filter to save your oil cooler from being clogged but if it did clog, at least you wouldn't have an egr to cook!
Thanks for the note. My research suggests an aftermarket EGR cooler is the way to go -- with a delete and with the new ECU flash the Ford dealer installs, you constantly throw a CEL. Regarding registering my van with a delete -- that is no problem, my van does not require a smog check. Do you see any major benefit to doing a delete vs a bulltetproof egr?

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Do you have any kind of wrench turning skills? I have been very suprised how DIY freindly the 6.0 is to work on. Something like a EGR takes no fancy tool at all.
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Do you have any kind of wrench turning skills? I have been very suprised how DIY freindly the 6.0 is to work on. Something like a EGR takes no fancy tool at all.
Yes, actually I can turn wrenches pretty well and I have a full compliment of tool; I do all my own oil changes, I've done brake swaps, replaced the timing gear chains on my buddies BMW, etc. I am sure I could manage the EGR myself, but if I were to replace the oil cooler, I think I'd want professional help...I think.

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Old 10-31-2013, 05:52 AM
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Do you have any kind of wrench turning skills? I have been very suprised how DIY freindly the 6.0 is to work on. Something like a EGR takes no fancy tool at all.
Keep in mind he's working on an E-Serires and not a truck.
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If you're not going to tune the van with an SCT then I would do the BPD cooler. If tuning is an option, I would delete the EGR cooler completely.
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Like I said you'd be very suprised how easy the 6.0 is to work on. When I first got it I looked under the hood and said No friggin way! But after giving it a shot it was not bad at all. And if you do go with the Bullet Proof Diesel stuff the instruction book that the include with the equipment is awesome.
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Like I said you'd be very suprised how easy the 6.0 is to work on. When I first got it I looked under the hood and said No friggin way! But after giving it a shot it was not bad at all. And if you do go with the Bullet Proof Diesel stuff the instruction book that the include with the equipment is awesome.
I'm not implying the 6.0 isn't diy friendly, just pointing out that it's an E-series and a lot tougher to work on.
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