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Exclamation so I bought a 2004 6.0 lemon... should have lemonade bye next week

I unwittingly purchased a 2004 crew 4x4 with 62k registered miles. Got it for a fair price because I thought I just needed valve cover gasket and turbo vains cleaned. Needless to say it turned into the never ending onion job.
So as I broke down the engine turns out head gaskets were blown, 2 partially melted pistons 1 with broken skirt. Unfortunately they scored the cylinders so had to bore it .030 over.
Here is a list of what Im doing any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. I start assembly tomorrow so thats why Im listing in the 911 section. Thanks again for your imput and mide you this is my first diesel or turbo charged engine.
1)ARP head studs
2)victor gasket set
3)mahle pistons .030+
4)clevite rings
5)clevte trimetal bearings
6)warren 175cc stock nozzel injectors
7)new glow plugs
8)glow plug harness
9)wicked wheel (billet aluminum upgrade)
10)rebuilt HPOP
11) EGR delete kit
12) bully dog (power hound)
13) bully dog (watch dog w/EGT)
14) bully dog (4" exhaust w/o cat)
15)RFI cold air intake
16)2.7" fron leveling kit

Plans for the truck daily driver, road trip, towing race trailer. Not looking to go 10's but I'd like to be able to smoke the tires and pull on a ricer. I would rather do this once the right way than to keep playing with it. Thanks again
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Use OE head gaskets unless you wanna do the job again. Also, ditch the Bullydog route and go with an SCT with custom tunes.
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that and reconsider Bully stuff at least everything bu the exhaust

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Bully dog wasnt my first choice either, gotta a Craigslist deal on it. Whats the matter with victor head gaskets? I trust your opinion, my buddy said the same thing just wondering. I heard that the old Victor gaskets had issues but the new design is the same as the original oem. Also that the oem ford is now made by victor so either way I'm getting victor gaskets. Is this true?

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They just seem to have a high failure rate. If you stick with the Bullydog, you'll possibly be fixing transmission issues as well which won't make your CL deal seem so good.


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They have supposedly redesigned the VR gaskets but there's no way I would take a chance considering what's involved to fix it, especially since OE gaskets aren't that much $$.

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They just seem to have a high failure rate. If you stick with the Bullydog, you'll possibly be fixing transmission issues as well which won't make your CL deal seem so good.
Bully dog is hard on the trans?
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Bully dog is hard on the trans?
It doesn't tune the trans like an SCT does. It goes through a "relearn" process but doesn't tune it.

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They have supposedly redesigned the VR gaskets but there's no way I would take a chance considering what's involved to fix it, especially since OE gaskets aren't that much $$.
For the money I gonna take your advice and go oem. Like I said dont want to do this again. Thanks
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It doesn't tune the trans like an SCT does. It goes through a "relearn" process but doesn't tune it.
Pardon my ignorance, what does the relearn process do? Is that the unit or the truck?
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