My first Powerstroke.org post! An exciting day.
Cutting to the chase...
Truck is an 2005 F350 King Ranch dually. Truck is set up to tow, being equipped with the Tow Boss package and all the associated options, and in use, towing and plowing are its primary functions.
So, the issues. Since purchasing the truck, we've had the same issues w/ head gaskets, egr cooler/oil cooler failures, and injector failures as everyone else has experienced. The truck is out of warranty and it was time to fix it properly. The plan originally was to stud the heads, use the Victor Reinz/Black Onyx gaskets, delete the EGR system, get rid of the BS Gold Coolant, and install bypass filtration for the coolant and oil.
Upon tear down, it was discovered the heads were cracked, and as such, unusable. Add heads to the list:
Upon using Powerstroke.org as one of many research tools, many additional pieces of information came to light regarding implementing exhaust to lower EGT's, monitoring through the use of an Insight CS, tuning for the deleted EGR system, installing a CCV catch-can for the oil vapors the system induces into the intake track, and other misc. items. Here is the list of items to be installed or processes to be undertaken:
-ARP stud kit
-Black Onyx Gaskets
-"Hot Tanked"/cleaned intake manifold
-Silverline FS103 Turboback Exhaust (Trying to lower those EGTs)
-Complete coolant flush (Restore, Restore+, VC9, DI Water) and replacement of Gold coolant with ELC-1 coolant
-New Oil Cooler
-Updated Fuel Pressure kit (with revised blue spring)
-6.4L banjo bolts
-Bypass Oil Filtration
-CCV filter system
-Bypass coolant filter
-Insight CS monitoring w/ EGT probe, Turbo Timer, and once available, fuel pressure sensor
-SCT Tuning for EGR delete, etc.
Now that this info is clear, I'm faced with a final question: Is there anything I'm overlooking? What, if anything, about this "bulletproofing" approach falls short of making the engine as reliable as possible?
I need this truck to make me money. I have gotten just shy of 100k miles without any major issues (warranty issues aside), other than routine maintenance. I'd like to go 200k more without having to go through the suffering and money spending this current process involves.
So...I'm all ears, Powerstroke guru's. What are your thoughts?
Here's some pics of the current state of affairs of the truck for your viewing pleasure.