Dieselsite 6.0 Coolant Filter Write-Up
I looked around the org quite a bit in search of a good write-up on a coolant filter kit, and couldn't really find any. There is plenty of talk about coolant filters and how crucial they can be for the 6.0 but no write-ups on installing one. Most of the major problems associated with the 6.0 all trace back to the cooling system. After countless hours of reading on the org I truly believe that a clean cooing system is is the absolute most important thing to have on a 6.0. This mod is too cheap and too easy to overlook. You shouldn’t even have to think about doing this. The entire kit with 2 extra filters, tax, and shipping was only $169.89 shipped to my door; came FedEx in 3 days. Their is no reason every 6.0 shouldn’t have some type of coolant filtration system. I hope this write up will inspire some other members of the org to do this mod and keep their trucks cooling system clean!
To start off hear is what was included in the kit I got from Dieselsite.com. Most kits are pretty much the same whether it be dieselsite, sinister, XDP, or something you rig up yourself.
Heres the link to it:
-1 Aluminum Filter Base
-1 Baldwin 5134 Filter (I Bought 2 Extra for $10.50 Each)
-1 Aluminum Base Bracket
-6 Feet of Goodyear Horizon 3/8” (9.5mm) 200psi Hose
-1 Brass T-Fitting
-1 Aluminum T-Fitting
-2 Brass Plugs
-2 Brass Fittings
-2 Large Hose Clamps
-5 Small Hose Clamps
The only tools you will need are:
-10mm Deep Socket
-9/16 Deep Socket
-11/16 Deep Socket
-Hose/Pipe Cutter (I Used A Razor Clipper)
The instructions that came with my kit were pretty good but some of the pictures and wording were a little misleading, but this is a pretty basic install. Here we go.
Start by wrapping all the brass threads with teflon tape.
Next I screwed in the four brass fittings into the aluminum filter base. Their were no torque specs so I just made then nice and snug.
Now attach the bracket to the radiator support as shown.
Next, screw the filter to the base and attach the base to the bracket using the two bolts included.
Now splice into the coolant return line on the degas bottle and clamp in the brass t-fitting. Attach the supplied hose to the end of the T and connect the other end to the fitting on the filter base. You will have to cut the hose to length. They give you plenty of hose to work with.
Next, splice into the heater hose line right next to the oil fill pipe. Make sure to splice before the valve. Use the larger aluminum t-fitting on this side and the larger hose clamps. Run a hose off the T back to the filter base.
Tighten down all your clamps and check for leaks!
Its really that simple. Considering the cost and ease of this mod their is no excuse to not do it. I plan on running the first filter for 500 miles to see how much crud comes out. I’ll post when I do it. Depending on how much stuff comes out will determine whether I run the second filter 500 or 1,000 miles.
Hope this helps some fellow powerstroke owners to keep their cooling system clean.