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New proud 2006 6.0 owner ,have a few questions need help.

Just bought a 2006 f-250 6.0 powerstroke Harley davidson edition with 75,000 miles on it. Its got a 4" lift with 35 nittos on it and im not sure but I think aftermarket rearend and magnaflow exhaust, also has a Airaid intake on it. The truck came with a bully dog programmer and I set it on tow/economy. This is my first diesel so I have a few questions if anyone has the time. I got every service record for every 5k miles and no major problems so far.

Does it hurt the engine to set the bully dog on performance or extreme .and which setting gets the best fuel mileage?

I have heard alot about the dreaded 6.0 in the last few days so what all do I need to watch out for?

I live in arkansas so it doesnt get real cold maybe down to 10 f do I need to install a block heater plug?

Dont seem to be having any problems with the EGR cooler (that I can tell not sure what to look for) but should I go ahead and take it out and clean it?
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Just bought a 2006 f-250 6.0 powerstroke Harley davidson edition with 75,000 miles on it. Its got a 4" lift with 35 nittos on it and im not sure but I think aftermarket rearend and magnaflow exhaust, also has a Airaid intake on it. The truck came with a bully dog programmer and I set it on tow/economy. This is my first diesel so I have a few questions if anyone has the time. I got every service record for every 5k miles and no major problems so far.

Does it hurt the engine to set the bully dog on performance or extreme .and which setting gets the best fuel mileage?

I have heard alot about the dreaded 6.0 in the last few days so what all do I need to watch out for?

I live in arkansas so it doesnt get real cold maybe down to 10 f do I need to install a block heater plug?

Dont seem to be having any problems with the EGR cooler (that I can tell not sure what to look for) but should I go ahead and take it out and clean it?
Well the big guestion is how deep are your pockets, if you set it on performance or extreme it will take it for a while then let go, the only safe if you want to call it safe tune is the SCT X3 W/ Custom Tunes By Innovative Diesel or Matt at Gearhead
Get a coolant filter to remove the casting sand a fuel pressure gauge because under 45 lbs at WOT will kill injectors, use only Ford or Racor filters and a 5w40 Syn oil your injectors will like it.
If your temp spread deltas between ECT-EOT is around or just under 15* i think around 10* the oil cooler is getting plugged from silicates drop out from the Ford Gold coolant and casting sand do a flush and go back with a ELC CAT EC-1 Rated coolant, this will get you started.
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also

Also forgot to ask does a egr delete kit real improve fuel mileage and performance?
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No, it keep from cooking the coolant as far as i know.
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06 F350 4x4 PSD Lariat FX4 CC LB
Edge Insight CTS Expandable Pyro
AutoMeter Fuel Pressure Gauge
Updated Fuel Reg. Kit 3C3Z-9T517-AG
Amsoil By-Pass(Amsoil 5w40)
Delo ELC Coolant
Coolant Filtration System
pulling a 14,000 lb Alpenlite 5er
97 F350 4x4 PSD CC LB
PacBrake&ATS converter lockup
3" dp 4" exhaust
TruCool 28,000 lb cooler
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A piller EGT,Boost,Trans
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Welcome to the site!

You'll hear a lot of the same thing when it comes to "I just got a 6.0, what do I do with it?". First start reading and learning about it and ask questions, you're off to a good start. Read the stickies, the tech section and links in peoples sigs.

The biggest and first thing you need to do is get something to monitor the engine, an Edge Insight or a Scangauge 2. You need the monitor to watch your EOT vs ECT delta. If the oil hits 15* hotter than the coolant on a flat highway cruise unloaded your oil cooler is clogged and the "dreaded 6.0" problems start. With the monitor you will see the clog coming and save yourself so big money in repairs. The monitor will also let you see the FICM voltage and get that repaired before it causes a whole host of other issues. Basically the monitor will tell you what is failing before the signs and symptoms will and you'll save a ton of cash. Don't get something with tunes this is just to monitor with. For tunes like 2 stroker said, SCT with custom tunes is the only way to go. Don't tune it until you know the health of it (that's what the monitor is for) or you may regret it, get rid of the tune and go stock for now until you get to know the truck and it's state of health.

That leads to number two, don't use the Bully Dog tuner. Don't use anything Bully Dog is what you'll most likely hear.

The stock intake is the best one for the 6.0. The "cold air intakes" and aftermarket high flow intakes don't give you anything but problems. Also use only the Ford/Racor fuel and oil filters, the others don't cut it.

At 10* the truck would like to be plugged in but it will start without it. You should however already have the block heater. Look in behind the bumper by the passenger side tow hook, that's where mine was and it took 5 minutes to find it!

If you're looking to improve your mileage don't drive it! You won't find anything that will actually save you money at the pump. The best mileage you'll get is by going easy on the skinny pedal although the truck will like to be driven hard. It keeps the turbo clean.

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Updated turbo oil drain
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Yep, they basically said everything. Here is some more reading material for you.
Things to consider about owning a 6.0L

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For block heater location, you can read this.
http://www.forddoctorsdts.com/articl...icle-05-20.php

In 2005-2007,block heater cords were not automatically added to the trucks.

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^^ well there you go, I'm done learning for the day and it's only 9:00!

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185amp DC Power Engineering alternator
BPD oil cooler and cold weather package
Updated standpipes and dummy plugs
Edge Insight CTS with fuel pressure
No more STC fitting in the HPOP
Updated fuel pressure spring
Updated turbo oil drain
Updated turbo oil feed
Sinister Coolant Filter
BPD 58V FICM
Dual Batteries
Rotella T6
CAT ELC


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I was looking at the edge cts tuner and cant figure out if it montiors EOT? does anyone know?
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Just get the CTS, the only tuner for the 6.0 worth buying is the SCT. The 6.0 hates the cold(compared to the other two diesels on the market), i plug mine in if the temps will be in the 40's. It will start/run no problem down to the single digits. Forgot to plug mine in last night and was 11* when i had to start my truck this morning. Was rather nervous, but it fired right up after i let the injectors spool valves do their thing. Fortunately it was still really early and no one saw the 30 second smoke screen at initial fire. But it started and stayed running with my EOT under 30*. I run Rotella T6 5w40...

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