I have been in the market for an ‘06(ish) F-250 SD 6.0 PSD for about 2 weeks now and have been doing a lot of research (my wife says too much) on just about every site I can find relating to these trucks and the 6.0 PSD in general.
From what I can gather, so far, the primary concerns with the 6.0 PSD is the EGR causing head separation due to the high compression in the 6.0 (18:1 IIRC). The general consensus from what I can find is the Bulletproof EGR Delete / Cooler, complete fluid change, turbo cleaning as well as ARP studs & Black Onyx head gaskets. Below is my expected shopping list:
Full Bulletproof Kit - $2,195 (EGR Cooler, Oil Pump & Cooler) from BPD
ARP Head Bolts & Black Onyx Head Gaskets - $600 from RCD
Edge Insight Gauge - $400
SCT Programmer - $430 from InnovativeDiesel
Labor - $2 - 4k (based on others responses in other posts)
Total: $5,625 - $7,625 (based on forum posts haven't called to get quotes yet)
Now to my question. Since I already have the above price expectancy on the truck I buy what things should I look for in the truck in particular that could / should be of concern?
The general truck I'm looking for is:
2006 F-250 Lariat / King Ranch
4x4 w/ (FX4 package a plus)
North Texas Truck Stop
has a huge selection from what I've seen around the South DFW area and is where I've been keeping an eye (as well as auto trader / craigslist / etc) and was wondering if there's any other concerns / problems I should watch for in regards to these trucks in general.
My understanding is the best thing to do with any one of these trucks is to get an Oasis Report from a dealer (is this free? Can it be done online?) Is there a way to determine if any of the above modifications have been done without the necessity of tearing anything down / needing a mechanic?
I'm pretty mechanically inclined (Aerospace Engineer & done lots of gas & tractor engine work over the years) but this will be my first diesel truck so any help would be greatly appreciated. I did search the forums quite a bit and couldn't find a good resource for those buying a truck and what to look for as opposed to what to do with one you already own.
TLDR: I'm aware of the EGR problems and would like to know what to look for when buying an '06 6.0 PSD as well as how to determine if the upgrades have already been done.