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OK, so I am not new to diesels. I've owned an 05 Duramax and a VW TDI and currently own an 01 Excursion. I have loved every diesel engine that I've had.
I recently bought an 04 F250 CC SB Lariat 4x4 with the 6.0 with about 106K miles on it. The interior and exterior are fine and dandy. But I absolutley hate the way it drives and the lack of engine response.
It absolutely wanders all over the road - even with brand new tires, drag link, and tie rod ends. The ball joints look fine with no visible wear or audible noises. I have yet to try the set screw on the steering box...
As for the engine, there are no signs of head gasket or EGR issues. I put 4" Turbo back exhaust and an AFE Stage II intake on it, plus the zoodad mod. Everything sounds great, but unless I lay on the thing, it just "feels" slow. Especially compared to the Duramax - even on stock setting.
Maybe I was spoiled by my Chevy (4" turbo back, Airaid intake and Edge Juice w/ Attitude) and my 7.3 (4" turbo back, Airaid intake and Edge Evolution II). But I don't want to tune this thing without doing head studs and an EGR delete (myself). And another $2000 (after already putting $2000 into this thing) seems ridiculous just so I can be happy with it.
I've only had this truck for 2 weeks and I am already looking to get rid of it.
Is it safe to tune this thing without head studs? I am not looking for anything crazy - just enough make it feel as strong as the Excursion.