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Old 07-05-2007, 07:06 PM
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My Story :-) Kinda long but a good read.

Heres my story!

My grandfather bought a 2004 F-350 Super Duty King Ranch 6.0L (srw). He passed away last year and i was about to get a 07 silverado and decided to buy the truck from my grand mother. Well i dont drive it tooo tooo often. This winter ford had to replace some orings on the valve covers that were leaking oil but other than that no problem. Then.....

I got a Farmboy system last year right after i got the truck. Made it sound pretty good. Had some problems with downpipe fit but got it solved with a BIG HAMMER. I always noticed that my truck didnt have much giddy up until you hit about 40 then it would haul @$$. Well recently i dropped my truck off at a local performance shop to have my exhaust welded and my buddy called me shortly after getting it to the shop to tell me my truck had no power. Also he told me the front hubs were both stuck locked from my beach trip the weekend before. I was like GREAT! So he got the hubs freed up no big deal. But the truck needed to go to ford. Ford dealership had it 3 weeks or so before they figured out what was wrong with it. My buddy at the diesel performance shop picked it up for me and drove it back to the shop. Im guessing he got about 100 yards down the road before taking it back and having it out with my service manager because problem was the same minus a new turbo solenoid or whatever it is that controls the VGT plate and a new EGR valve and my 100.00. The whole time im telling the service manager that the problem is in the turbo. He says "well we have protocol we have to follow in diagnosing the problem and that i need to bring it back in for another wack of 100.00. Im saying go *#&$ yourself. I call fords customer satisfaction line or whatever and they tell me the same thing. Im paying another 100.00. So i told my buddy at the diesel shop to pull the turbo apart and see if he could Unstick it because thats what i though was wrong. Upon removal of turbo it was infact stuck for quite some time. Most likely the whole time i have had it and some of the time my granddad did too. The ring that locks all the "fins" together was infact Broke. So i pleaded with my old lady to let me just get a aftermarket turbo and forget dealing with ford and she bought it. So they are putting an Elite SS-VGT on there as well as a XCal 2. Im pretty stoked about that because before this all came up i just got a set of new mickey thompson classic 2's with a set of new procomp xtreme mud terrains 315 75r16's for 600.00 :-)and a KN cold air intake on truck. Cant wait to get my baby back. The turbo fins were stuck in the wide open position explaining why my truck had power after you got going. I cant wait to take the old turbo into ole service managers office and slam it on his desk. It is going to be so satisfying. I have the tires and all now but blew my fundage on this turbo deal. So as soon as my stock tires sell on here ill have 300 in the piggy bank twords my 4" lift unless i can clear those tires with a leveling kit. O yeah with all said and done my truck has 38k miles on it :-( Think ill be happy now? Hopefully i can save my allowence from my old lady for the next month or so to get an outlook system or some analog gauges.

Doug
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Old 07-05-2007, 07:11 PM
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Ok sounds like you had the typical 6.0L problem. Sorry to hear about your grandpa. Well your 35's will clear with a leveling kit lucky you. You can save some dough unless you really want the 4inch lift.
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Old 07-05-2007, 07:11 PM
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oh hell yeah, be careful though them new mods will snatch a knot in yur azz
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Old 07-05-2007, 07:22 PM
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well a local guy here has a trailmaster leveling kit with front leaf springs and all the brackets and shocks etc for 50.00. I am going to snap that up i think. What do you guys think about buying a used lift as long as it looks decent. I have been doing some looking but cant seem to find a trailmaster leveling kit that come with front springs. He also said it had rear blocks with it so im thinking its actually a lift. Another great craigs list find maybe.
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Old 07-05-2007, 07:22 PM
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Wow.. that's quite a story....

Glad to hear that you finally figured out the problem.. and that you have also found a good, reliable, trustworthy diesel shop.

Since it wasn't running up to par the last time you drove it.. I'm betting that the new mods will really put a spring in her step as far as you will be able to tell!!!
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Old 07-05-2007, 07:44 PM
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See if they will give you a new turbo for your old one since it is still covered. If not, I am sure there are some guys on here that will work with ya.
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