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New 6.0 owner, what to do first?

Just bought an 04 with 190,xxx miles. I got it cheap and it runs great right now. The only thing done to it that I can tell is that its lifted. Other than that it looks bone stock. What should I do first? Starting to get a little scared with all the things I'm reading. I've had 2 duramax's in the past with great luck but just couldn't afford one this time around. So far I am thinking egr delete and flushing the coolant. Probably end up changing all the fluids to be safe. Also looks like leaving it stock with that many miles is the safest bet. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance

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exhaust, haha gotta love the 6.0 sound, you can catch me with the windows down in the winter to hear it

but sounds like your on the right track, get some fresh fluids in there. change both fuel filters. use motorcraft filters too, thats pretty important. EGR delete if you dont have emission checking, i just got mine done.

have you checked the truck out with a scangauge or insight to check oil temp vs coolant temp. you want to be within a 15* delta( if not within 15* thats a sign of clogged oil cooler)

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Well I just ordered some filters off of ebay and don't think they were motorcraft. Did I just waste my money? No emission testing here in Kansas so I should be safe. I don't know anyone with a scanguage or insight. Any idea on how to get that done w/o spending a fortune?

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You are ok on filters if they were Racor brand also. Racor makes the Motorcraft filters.

Scangauge II are about $169, and you can program for a lot of gauges. I have more than 30 in mine right now. They don't read EGTs or Fuel pressure..

Edge Insights are more than twice that much + probes for EGTs and Fuel pressure.

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Thanks for the help. I just new I needed to change the filters. Should have asked what kind to get first. I did it on my dmax about every 10k miles

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Oil Change with Racor or Motorcraft filters and 5w40 synthetic oil EVERY 5K MILES. Fuel filters at 10k.

A good monitoring solution is required, not an option with a 6.0. I highly recommend the Edge Insight but if money is an issue get a Scangauge II.

With that kind of mileage I would plan on rebuilding the oil cooler just because. Flush it with Restore and Restore Plus and after the final drain do the oil cooler and egr delete then fill with ELC concentrate and distilled water. You can find my flush procedure in the 6.0 Tech section if you need a reference.
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do you know if a genisys scanner will tell me the temps? I have a friend that has one. It's like a 5k scanner not one of the cheap ones from autozone. Just would like to know if its in bad shape now. Also looks like I should get an oasis report ordered.

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My quick search for the scanner you talked about, it doesn't look like it. But worth a try!
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amazon has a scan guage for $150 where i got mine, flush the coolant and put on a filter is really all you need,


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