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Help With My Bulletproofing
I had the head gaskets replaced last year. I was in a rush, and did not have time to do head studs, nor had I done enough research on the matter (regrettably). In any case, everything has been fine (no coolant puking, loss of power, etc.) until last month, when I noticed the dreaded rough start, white exhaust, losing coolant that we can all identify as a probable EGR cooler failure. Logically, the next failure will be the head gaskets again.
So, in order to stop toying with this damn truck (let's face it, $1800 for EGR and Oil Cooler and $4200 for Head Gaskets is going to get old, in fact it already has) I'm proceeding with the bulletproofing. I've done my research based on colo_dually's "Write Up: Bullet-Proofing the 6.0L PSD" (thank you by the way). I plan to procure all parts myself, then have the labor done at one of a couple local shops. I prefer Alligator Performance in Post Falls, ID (because they do this $h*t on a daily basis) but we'll see what the mechanic quotes me. Either way, I've compiled a list of parts and would like you pros to look over it to ensure that I have everything I need.
2004 F350 XLT SRW, 4" MBRP Turbo-Back, Cat Delete, 101,000 miles.
Engine Is a 2003 Build (F My Life)
Here's the list of parts I've compiled. What I'm really curious about is the turbo feed and drain tubes as well as the STC fitting and IPR screen with o-rings and the IPR screen kit. I don't believe these apply to my build, being a 2003. Correct me if I'm wrong. Please have a look over my list and let me know if there are things on there that I shouldn't need or things that I'm missing! More importantly, if I have a part number incorrect, let me know!
ARP Head Studs (1) - ARP250-4202
OEM Head Gasket (2) - FO4C3Z-6051-EB
Bulletproof EGR Cooler (Round), Oil Cooler, EGR & Intake Gaskets (BPD Package)
Exhaust Manifold Gasket (2) - FO6C3Z-9448-A
Fuel Pressure Spring Kit (1) - 3C3Z-9T517-AG
Turbo Drain Tube (1) - 6C3Z-9T515-A (Unsure About This, Being A 2003 Engine)
Turbo Feed Line (1) - 3C3Z-9T516-A (Unsure About This, Being A 2003 Engine)
6.4 Banjo Bolts (2) - W302472
6.4 Banjo Washers (4) - W303659
Thermostat (1) - 3C3Z-8575-AA
I'm torn on whether or not to stick with the Motorcraft Gold or switch to an ELC coolant. I've heard arguments on both sides. Any advice?
Motorcraft Gold Premium Coolant (Concentrate) (4 Gallons)
Shell Rotella T6 Full Synthetic (4 Gallons)
Fleetguard Restore (1 Gallon)
Fleetguard Restore Plus (1 Gallon)
If you guys have some time, let me know if any of my part numbers are incorrect for my model year. I have a "4EA" vin number. I will be making further modifications once this thing is bulletproofed and worth modifying. 1st on the list is a coolant filtration system (dieselsite.com), followed by an SCT X3 with Innovative custom tunes. And, for those of you wondering about the EGR cooler, I live in an emissions testing county in Washington. Do you think that deleting the EGR cooler all together will increase my exhaust opacity? Max allowable is 40%. Blew 11% last time. If I delete it, then I have to get a tuner to remove the codes because Washington plugs into the OBD to scan for codes.
Thanks a ton for your advice in advance. I'm really looking forward to finally having this out of the way so my truck can play with the big boys, without having to worry about blowing it all to hell...