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Understand where you are coming from. But with all the failures with the egr cooler, oil cooler, head gaskets might in part be contributed to modding. There are lots of stock trucks with the same problems. Some of the basic improvements to the 6.0l are as follows....
The first thing to get would be the Edge Insight as mentioned above. The most vital systems to monitor are the EGTs, Coolant and oil temps. Once that 15 degree delta between the EOT and ECT are reached, the oil cooler must be replaced or a daisy chain of problems will occur.
If you are in a state that doesn't do emissions testing, the egr delete is a great mod. It will prevent exhaust gases from entering your intake, decreasing EGTs. The egr cooler, when it fails will introduce coolant into the intake and that is obviously bad.
The CCV mod eliminates oil vapors that normally travel from the valve cover directly into the intake before the turbo, which will push that oily mist through your intercooler contributing to cac boots popping off. It re-routes the oily mist through a filter and then clean air back into the intake.
Coolant filter is just that... Traps casting sand and silica that is traveling through your cooling system that would normally clog your oil cooler.
6.4l banjo bolts allows more fuel to enter the heads, reducing injector starvation, preventing premature failure which normally happens with higher levels of tuning.
These are just some of the basics. head studs are a plus and should be done when/if you blow your head gaskets.
A good tune will also manage your transmission and help prolong its life. Also, the tune will give you better mpgs than stock. There are also tow tunes designed to maximize the use of the engine/tranny during towing applications.
It is your truck and nobody is telling you what to do with it. There are lots of 6.0 gurus on here. Master Diesel Techs and such. most are enthusiasts that find ways to make our trucks last longer, go faster, look shinier, and require a step ladder to enter and can still tow.
Preventative maintenance is key to a long lasting, happy relationship with your truck.
05 F250 4x4 CC, 9.5" Rize/Icon, 38" Toyos, 20x12 Pacers, 5" MBRP, AFE stage 2, Cass 190s, Powermax, ELC w/filter, RCD EGR delete
04 Excursion 4x4, vacation bus
Project 1979 F250 6.0 powered in progress