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Question A WHOLE BUNCH of Newbie questions...

Haven't had a diesel since my 2000 7.3 and I got rid of that 5 years ago. Starting to get the bug again, but I have heard many good/bad things about the 6.0L.

I know there is a lot of experience and trial and error on this forum...so please share your knowledge.

I will probably end up with an 2004 - 2006 Crew Cab, 4x4, Auto.

Here we go...

1. Are there "good" or "bad" years for the 6.0?
2. I have heard it does not tolerate mods as well as the 7.3L...true or false?
3. What are some of the important "do's" and "don'ts" for modding?
4. I am not interested in tearing the engine apart...what mods will work for me?
5. How do I pick the right chip or tuner?
6. Exhausts...I want it LOUD and I want children to run screaming when I am coming. I prefer stock outlet location.
7. Usage...This will be a daily driver and probably never see any real towing duty.
8. Water injection? Nitrous? Propane? Which one and why or why not?

Feel free to add anything I have missed and thanks for the help.
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Haven't had a diesel since my 2000 7.3 and I got rid of that 5 years ago. Starting to get the bug again, but I have heard many good/bad things about the 6.0L.

I know there is a lot of experience and trial and error on this forum...so please share your knowledge.

I will probably end up with an 2004 - 2006 Crew Cab, 4x4, Auto.

Here we go...

1. Are there "good" or "bad" years for the 6.0?
2. I have heard it does not tolerate mods as well as the 7.3L...true or false?
3. What are some of the important "do's" and "don'ts" for modding?
4. I am not interested in tearing the engine apart...what mods will work for me?
5. How do I pick the right chip or tuner?
6. Exhausts...I want it LOUD and I want children to run screaming when I am coming. I prefer stock outlet location.
7. Usage...This will be a daily driver and probably never see any real towing duty.
8. Water injection? Nitrous? Propane? Which one and why or why not?

Feel free to add anything I have missed and thanks for the help.
1. best bet is 05-06
2.false
3. get gauges, egt, tranny temp, boost
4.sct with custom tunes(its a programer that will adjust shift pointsas well as add a ton of power
5.see #4
6. 4 inch turbo back with muffler delete and cat delete
7.i drive mine daily like i stole it
8.i personaly run water meth, it helps lower egts and if you really want to mix it yup you can gain aprox 70 hp with a 50 50 mix

2004 Excursion
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First off WELCOME to the forum !!!!

1. The issues with the 6.0 were mostly on the '03 and '04 model years... The '05 - '07 6.0s work very well...

2. You can do about anything you want with a 6.0 but if you're going to be getting into big HP and torque numbers you will want to stud the heads...

3. See number 2...

4. There are a number of bolt on mods available. The usual exhaust, intake and tuners...

5. Listen to the guys on this forum that have done quite a bit of mods.

6. Straight pipe it !!!!

7. These things are made to be used like a diesel... Might want to make sure you get on it regularly (like that's going to be difficult with mods )...

8. Can't say on that one since mine is bone stock... Others on this forum certainly will have much advise..

Enjoy the forum and I'm sure you will have plenty of replies to this post...

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1. best bet is 05-06
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1. The issues with the 6.0 were mostly on the '03 and '04 model years... The '05 - '07 6.0s work very well...
Firstly, thanks for the help.

Second...what exactly is wrong with 03-04's?

Thanks,

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Firstly, thanks for the help.

Second...what exactly is wrong with 03-04's?

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Hi,

I just bought a stock 2006 F250 29000 miles one owner King Ranch. I averaged 18 miles to the gallon on a long trip (1030 miles to home) and I am getting about 8 to 10 around town. Is there a way to improve the millage, I do not need any more HP. If I chip it will the dealer be able to tell?

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Best way to improve mileage is to get an SCT tuner and they can adjust your timing to squeeze every last bit of efficiency out of the fuel. Either talk to DJ's or Innovative Diesel (both have a great following and know their stuff). Oh, and if the dealer is really looking for it, they have ways of knowing you had a tune installed. I've done some reasonable mods to ensure that my truck will last based upon daily driving and towing my toy hauler... I don't know why I waited so long.

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SCT w/ Custom Tunes (TSD, DJ's, Innovative, Gearhead, QuickTricks)

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head gaskets, turbo, injectors, and egr cooler I believe are the most common
None of those problems are exclusive to the 03-04 model years. My early 03 has run like a top (knock on wood). Get an Oasis report (vehicle history) on any 6L that your considering.

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-4"MBRP turbo back w/ ...:censord:
-Quadzilla Commander monitor
-Dfuser coolant filter
-DIY stereo system (Alpine, JL, Quart, Polk)
-POS topper & billet grill

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Best way to improve mileage is to get an SCT tuner and they can adjust your timing to squeeze every last bit of efficiency out of the fuel. Either talk to DJ's or Innovative Diesel (both have a great following and know their stuff). Oh, and if the dealer is really looking for it, they have ways of knowing you had a tune installed. I've done some reasonable mods to ensure that my truck will last based upon daily driving and towing my toy hauler... I don't know why I waited so long.
Is there an average increase in mpg? How much of an improvement should I expect when buying an SCT?



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I've gone from 15 to about 18 average mpg. I also did the EGR cooler block off and fluidampr at the same time, so your experience will likely be different. Now, I can't keep my foot out of it and my mpg has dropped back to about 15...

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4" MBRP Exhaust
MTW Stage 1 Turbo
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Riff Raff Intercooler Boots
Gogo Diesel Direct Drive Solenoid
BulletProof All-Aluminum Radiator
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SCT w/ Custom Tunes (TSD, DJ's, Innovative, Gearhead, QuickTricks)

Exterior Mods:
Bilstein 5100 Shocks
Icon Adjustable Trac Bar
Firestone RideRite Air Bags
BDS Dual Steering Stabilizer
Aluminum Finned Differential Cover
Reese 16k Manual Slider 5th Wheel Hitch
Icon 2.5" Leveling Kit w/ F-350 rear blocks
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