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6.0 Turbo Maintenance

Whats the best way to maintain a clean turbo? I recently put my 03 turbo on and found the 04 turbo that I took off in rough condition. The exhaust side fins were chipped pretty bad and the intake side had chips as well. The vanes had gouges out of them. The unison ring was completely sealed to the housing, still don't have it off. I really want to maintain this 03 turbo for the long haul. I do run 2 stroke ashless oil every other tank and deisel kleen in the winter and lucas during the summer. I was running Eric's Xrace tune but I'm not wanting the soot that it puts out in the turbo if its going to make this thing stick/freeze up. My truck does sit quite a bit. Need some advice on maintaining this turbo.

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Let the EGT's drop below 400* before you turn it off. I like to go to 350*.

Clean it every 30,000, or how ever often you want.

Use synthetic engine oil.

The intake side of the turbo will last longer with the stock filter than any other. BUT, S&B does the the best compared to any other after market filter so it is good that you have that and not a K&N filter.

The damage on the 04 sounds like it go allot of high EGT's and smoke. Eric's street produces very little smoke compared to the X tunes.

hope that helps, I cant think of anything else.
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Take it apart, clean the hell out of it. Get yourself a 3M kit and follow the instructions on one of the many write ups out there. Clean it every so often on a schedule or as needed. Clean air and clean oil are also your friends on a 6.0.

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someone is going to roll along and post the exact link to a web page you need

i cant remember it or i would!

turbo timer would be useful, wont turn off until the set temperature

clean the turbo, like he said, every 30,000 miles.....we clean my buddies every 10k


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Were you referring to this one.
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Careful on how often and how hard you clean the turbo because you will be removing too much metal
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I agree with Steve, let it cool down before shutting it off. I always let mine cool to 350*. Use a good synthetic oil. Do not let your truck sit. That is the kiss of death to these turbos. Get it out and drive it hard frequently. These turbos need to see full boost on a regular basis. Run a clean tune that doesn't smoke.
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These turbos need to see full boost on a regular basis. Run a clean tune that doesn't smoke.
What is "full boost" while trailer on the high way if I jammed on it I could get it to as high as 27 PSI according to my CTS. This is a stock truck. Anyone able to pull more?

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That's full boost. You just need to exercise the VGT vanes through their full range of motion.
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I've been running Xrace since day one. When you say street tune do you mean Xstreet or just street. I have both. Which would be better?

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