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stock 6.0 safe?

Hey all

As some of you know I am looking at a couple diesel trucks but I wanted to get more info on them. I have herd and read that the 6.0 can have issues what I was wondering is if I don't plan on putting any upgrades on it if it will run ok and not have any huge issues.

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it will run great until it breaks. You will hear most folks say to get something to monitor the vitals of the truck before you buy it to see whats going on. And even in factory form people blow gaskets, oil coolers, egr coolers, etc. Its all about watching whats going on and understanding the consequences for neglect with these trucks

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Not sure if this has ever been discussed before? Perhaps someone else can help?
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lol, search can be your friend

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venomhp your truck is sick man, i love that color. but yes these trucks stock blow gaskets. but if you drive it like it should be, keep the vitals in check with a monitoring system and keep up regular maintanance than you will be fine. mine has 264k miles with stock gaskets and running a tuner

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Hey all

As some of you know I am looking at a couple diesel trucks but I wanted to get more info on them. I have herd and read that the 6.0 can have issues what I was wondering is if I don't plan on putting any upgrades on it if it will run ok and not have any huge issues.

Any thoughts?
Echoing what was said about the search: Use it. Tons of information on this board.

Long story short:
When both properly maintained and once inherent issues have been addressed, the 6.0L is a reliable engine.

1. Get a monitoring solution. This isn't optional on a 6 liter.
2. Either delete the EGR system or get a Bulletproof EGR cooler
3. Thoroughly flush the cooling system and if necessary, replace the oil cooler
4. Use ELC-1 coolant
5. Fix all the little OEM parts that have had issues...STC fitting, etc
6. Drive the piss out of it.

The biggest thing is the monitor. If you actually can see what's going on with the truck, you can mitigate the majority of the major failures seen in 6.0L's.
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venomhp your truck is sick man, i love that color.
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Serach features suck when the topic is subjective.

6.0 is hit or miss. Do a few things and you are good for a long time. Some people keep em stock and get tons of miles out of them.

You need to make sure it is healty to start. I.E. oil and coolent temps are within 15 degrees of each other when truck is fully warmed up. No major stiction issues with the injectors. Make sure of that stuff.

If you are good. You can do the following to keep her alive:

Full gold coolant flush: With everything you are about $110 into it.
Coolant filter: About $100.

That helps a TON.

Now if you really want to get into it, ditch the EGR cooler (this do use serach function). Understand it and where it fails. People think it is the EGR it self.

You will also have people sugest studding the heads. Well, yea, studding is great. Any motor I build gets studs even NA motors. But the job is time consuming.

Look, I baught the 6.0 with the intent of learning them to keep it alive. That works. Its like anything. There are SO MANY 6.0s on the road and these trucks are not cheap. When one breaks people get mad and run their mouth about it.

I have a friend with a 24v cummins. That motor has been apart 3 times under warntee. He has had many issues. But, in the bar when BSing - of course his motor is better than my 6 Leaker that has never let me down......

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I don't plan on putting any upgrades on
That is the key. The 6.0 is off the handle and will be fine. BUT - the problems are well listed and Lord knows I know about them. Another BUT I'm a speed rig so I expect it and have done and still do to put the issues with the rig down.

Keep her stock and odds are you will be fine and love the rig.

Oh and +1 on your rig Venom.

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Oh and +1 on your rig Venom.
Thank ya Sir!

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