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post #1 of 12 Old 12-08-2011, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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What type of guage / monitor to get if shopping used 6.0's

Howdy all,

Still reading tons of threads here to try and get a baseline knowledge.

It's looking more and more as though I will be getting a used 6.0 for X-Mas.

I've read many of suggestions that said I need to have a guage for monitoring the EOT/ECT temp differential as well as Tranny temp and some other things I don't quite all understand yet.

I'm mostly looking to find a truck that has many more miles of reliable service left in it and I will then slowly learn what types of minor modifications it needs to be solid. I read the "bulletproofing the 6.0 thread", and I imagine I would eventually do all or most of those things.

To start with, as I begin test-driving vehicles I am considering, what type of temporary / portable guage or monitor and I going to want to buy to take with me to make sure these trucks are not pending disaster?

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The cheapest gauge set up for ECT/EOT delta and FICM volts would be the ScangaugeII $160 and a little cheaper if you can find one on special. This gauge/monitor will read everything you need to know except fuel psi and EGT.

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All you need for an edge CTS is an OBD II port right? Thats the best monitor out there and eventually you'll want that anyway so I'd just get it now and you can use it to look for the truck you want.

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I like the Edge Insight CTS and my get a splitter and run both pulling a 14k 5er you just can't have 2 many gauges
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The cheapest gauge set up for ECT/EOT delta and FICM volts would be the ScangaugeII $160 and a little cheaper if you can find one on special. This gauge/monitor will read everything you need to know except fuel psi and EGT.
IMHO the SG2 with the x-gauges will let you do a lot more stuff than the Edge insight, but I will admit it's not as cool looking. Both are good pick your poison. Happy truck shopping!!

EDIT: With the SG2 you will need and separate EGT gauge and Fuel Pressure gauge.

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Edge Insight is more user friendly and looks better. I have both. The only thing with the SG is you have to program the xgauges to read EOT and a few other things.

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As you can see this is a loaded question I went with the Edge Evolution CTS. User friendly and easily to update with additional sensors as you go.

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SCII is a great monitor, but went with the Edge CTS for it's integrated EGT & Fuel pressure monitor capabilities. You pay for the flexibility, but worthwhile IMO.

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Also, I think they are on sale (ScangaugeII) for under $130. Do a quick search, someone had posted a price somewhere for $114.

You can plug it into any vehicle's OBD2 port to enter Xgauges for the Ford 6.0L. You can find the Xgauges on the SGII website. Double and triple check your entries. Follow the instructions for set up.

And shop early, read FICM on the trucks with engine cold. There are 3 FICM gauges that you should read.

Then move on to ICP, ICV (icpvolts) IPR and volts while starting. Then go for a long road trip for your ECT (f*WT already in SGII) vs. EOT, and TFT, Boost.

Have fun shopping!
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Here is a link for some current prices for SGII. Pretty cheap insurance when shopping for a used 6.0l

ScanGauge II Ultra Compact 3-in-one on sale for $119.09
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