Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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Those of you intending on purchasing one with the expectation that it will be more powerful than the automatic versions may end up disappointed. As a Ford dealer tech, wrenching on the thousands of 6.0s that I have, I can tell you first hand that the manual transmission versions aren't all that exciting as one would expect. I can also tell you that they are pricey to replace a clutch on, when you factor in the cost of a replacement solid flywheel (to replace the garbage dual-mass units) that is needed. As far as HP and torque, I believe they are rated the same as an automatic. However, due to the fact that the first two ratios are very low and the lack of a torque converter, acceleration off the line feels a lot slower than an automatic to me. I base this opinion on the SEVERAL 6.0L auto trucks I have had for weekends, compared to the couple manual trucks I have had.
To the poster intending on swapping out his auto for a manual, be advised that the two engines use completely different bellhousing bolt patterns, which mandates replacement of the rear engine cover. They also use different PCMs, since the manual version lacks a TCM (and the 3rd connector location blocked out). This is not taking into account, the difference in driveshaft lengths, pedal assembly as well as the hydraulic clutch system needed. That said, the amount of work required will be extensive.
Ford Diesel/Senior/Master Tech who placed 2nd overall in Ontario on the Fix-It-Right-First-Visit score for 2010
....who works at a dealership that now employs SOME half decent looking female employees since they overhauled most of the administrative staff
....but STILL loves hot women with big boobies
....and STILL hates working on E-Series with 6.0L