First time diesel owner- need advice - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 Old 02-21-2011, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
Powerstroke.org Rookie
 
lmcjbp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: South Central Kentucky
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
First time diesel owner- need advice

Let me preface this all by saying I'm pretty much a dumb arse when it comes to diesel trucks. I have a 2005 bone stock King Ranch with 55,000 miles on it. The truck doesn't get driven a whole lot. (I have a cheap rice burner as my daily driver). I have a 9000 lb. travel trailer I pull 8-10 times a year, usually less than 100 miles a trip. I would like to get a tuner or programmer to help with towing power and to increase overall fuel mileage. What are your recommendations????
lmcjbp is offline  
post #2 of 7 Old 02-21-2011, 08:09 AM
Conservative and Proud


 
Banshee34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Oregon
Posts: 14,491
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews

2001 F350, Lariat SC LB 4X4 PSD
Quadzilla Commander
Zoodad with Stealth Screen


National Hot Rod Diesel Association

The Org. Staff reserves the right to move, modify, delete or merge posts at our discretion and without explanation.



Banshee34 is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 02-21-2011, 08:10 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 295
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I would recomend the SCT, which I think is a general consensus for the 6.0. I use Innovative Diesel tunes, but there are others out there that are good also. Before doing any tuner though I would get a edge insight or another type of gauges so that you can monitor everything.

2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide, Midnight Pearl
Vance and Hines Big radius pipes
Power Commander V
Arlen Ness air cleaner

2005 F-250 SCSB Lariat FX4.
ARP Head Studs
EGR Delete
SCT X3 with IDP tunes.
Edge Insight CS w/ EGT probe
4" MBRP turbo back
Quick Tricks 58V FICM


cyclonestroker is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 02-21-2011, 08:12 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
amdriven2liv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 3,335
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Thanks: 6
Thanked 47 Times in 42 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Most use the SCT with custom tunes from a couple different people. I do not have one, but have heard great things with a custom tow tune.

If I were to have one, I wouldn't run one with out gauges.

As for MPG increase? You might get better, but don't count on it. Not for towing anyway.

here is a good place:

SCT Diesel Part # SCTX3IDP - SCT X3 Programmer- IDP Custom Tuned - Diesel Performance Parts

I have heard about matt at gearhead, sounds like He is one of the best.
amdriven2liv is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 02-21-2011, 08:55 AM
Powerstroke Techie

 
Lilpooh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Sassamansville, Pa
Posts: 9,787
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 95
Thanked 195 Times in 157 Posts
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
Read these links to get you started.
Things to consider about owning a 6.0L

What to look for when buying a used 6.0L


Click this link, then the link provided to get info on part location and sensor location.
some info on the 6.0 found by 099f350

2004 F350 CC DRW King Ranch
X-3 tunes by DJ'S,QT,GH,ID. Gryphon FICM tunes, ARP studs,Stage 1turbo,ATS coolant recirc lines,Swamp's 48v ficm,coolant filter,AD2,Snow Perf stage II,EGR delete,4" turbo back straight pipe,S&Bintake,Quad "A" pillar autometer gauges,Suncoast Tri Disk Conv.,Billet input shaft,Suncoast superduty rebuild kit,Trans-go shift kit,Mag-Hytec trans pan,CFM+ elbow,ccv mod,15K reese 5er,17" LCD TV/DVD,Cobra 29 Nitewatch CB
Lilpooh is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 02-21-2011, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
Powerstroke.org Rookie
 
lmcjbp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: South Central Kentucky
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
If I do a mild tune, how much of the "bulletproofing" stuff should I do?
lmcjbp is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 02-21-2011, 11:34 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
jeeplj8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 292
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
wow - really low miles for an 05. One thing I think most people who spend time with diesel trucks will agree on, they do not like to sit for long periods of time. One more thing, they need to be driven relatively hard (commons sense should be friend here) from time to time.

After reading the above links, your order of items you want should probably include gauges first, everything else second. You really want to know what your truck is doing before you start adding power, or throwing money at problems that may not exist (yet.) Mechanical or electronic gauges is your choice, but for both bang-for-your-buck performance and simplicity, many people really like the Edge Insight CS or CTS.

Then, after you see what all is going on, decide how much more power do I want and how much am I willing to pay? From there you work backward. Figure out what you will need to upgrade/fix.

This is all assuming you have addressed the most glaring maintenance issues (for gold coolant for example).

05 F250 King Ranch crew cab - bone stock for now, new to me April 2013, 56K miles
05 Volvo S60R, 300+ hp and AWD
09 Audi A4 Qautro 2.0T, AWD and 30 mpg!
06 Malibu LSV Wakesetter, 383 stroker
13 Coachmen 320BHDS - 10K lake house on wheels
81 Jeep CJ-8 (in progress); 5.7 HEMI; LJ (extended) frame, 3.5 RE lift, flatty fenders
jeeplj8 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome