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Old 01-02-2012, 07:10 PM
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Is there a better year for the 6.0???

Ok so I'm a 7.3 owner right now but a good buddy has a 06 king ranch that I just love but I'm scared of the 6.0. I don't need a newer truck but he is giving me the buddy price for it. So my question is I know the 03 and early 04 trucks not so hot, did ford fix slot of the problems my 2005...any help would be great. Thanks
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05-07 have less issues than any year of the 7.3 for warranty purposes
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What do you mean?
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05-07, I would go for the 07 1st, 06 2nd, then 05 as the 3rd choice.
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Ok and would I still need to need to put head studs in just for the normal mods, intake and stuff
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No need to upgrade the air filter.

Top 3 Preventitive mods.
egr block or delete.
Head studs.
Coolant flush.


Coolant filter is also very good to put on.
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Leave the intake alone if you are sticking with stock injectors and/or stock turbo. Once you get above 500RWHP, think about maybe getting an intake some time in the distant future.
The very first thing you need to buy ANY 6.0 is an electronic gauge package.
You need to monitor:
Engine oil temp
engine coolant temp
exhaust gas temp (will need a separate gauge for this) if you tow anything
transmission fluid temp (also if you tow)
There are many other things you could monitor, given the right gauge, and those parameters can help diagnose any issues that might come up, but the above are the absolute minimum things to monitor if you want your engine to last.

If you keep it near stock tuning, you will not need to stud it.
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:13 PM
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Well I was thinking a tuner/chip turbo back and gauges...would I still need to stud it then? And I would use it for a DD
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Well I was thinking a tuner/chip turbo back and gauges...would I still need to stud it then? And I would use it for a DD
you dont buy a chip for a 6.0 you only get a programmer and an SCT SF3 or X3 with custom tunes is the only way to go when it comes to tuning. I think every year is a good year for the 6.0 except the first batch of 03's would be my guess but i have an early 2004 with 229,000 miles the mods are in my sig, and the truck runs hard. theres nothing wrong with early build 2004s i have one and i would know. i have had no problems at all. just dont neglect maintenance and the eng will last a damn long time

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05-07 have less issues than any year of the 7.3 for warranty purposes
That may be a true fact but I would find it hard to belive anyone think that the 6.0 is a more reliable motor than the 7.3.

To the OP, I traded my 7.3 in on a 6.0 and here is my advice. If your 7.3 is a good solid truck and you are happy with it then keep it. The only reason I made the move was because my 01 was 2wd and starting to rust. I wanted a little nicer 4wd. The 7.3 you can neglect to a certian extent and it will be fine. The 6.0 you need to monitor and care for like a newborn or it will bite you in the arse in the pocket with your wallet. If you have the funds and the knowledge to make the 6.0 a reliable long lasting motor then go for it. I knew what I was getting into and just an FYI I have spent about the same amount of money on my 6.0 in the 6 weeks I have owned it as I did on my 7.3 in the 2.5 years I had it, and I'm not even close to being done with preventitive maintaince mods. Just something to think about.
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