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New Member needs guideance
Long time reader/lurker, first post.
I have been using the search functions and reading all of the 6.0 forums that I can find. I would genuinely appreciate some guidance from those in the know.
I have a 2005 F350 CC, DRW 4x4, 6.0, Auto, ordered new. It has 105k miles on it. At 82k miles the bed plate seal and head gaskets were replaced under the powertrain warranty. At that time I didn't know that I could provide ARP studs for installation, so they are factory type head bolts/studs.
I keep stuff for a long time and try to maintain it very well. With the price of new trucks I would like to maximize the life of this one. I recently installed an Edge Insight to I could see where my numbers are. Unfortunately my delta's are at the 15 degree mark, so I know that there is some EGR and oil cooler work in the near future.
I ordered and received a Sinister coolant bypass kit and have it on hand. I have also ordered an Amsoil oil bypass kit that should be here shortly. Right now my plan is to install the coolant filter and run it for 1k miles or so and cut it open and see how it looks. Once I'm getting cleaner filters I plan to do a complete flush with distilled water, Restore and then Restore Plus, and then run the filter a little longer to make sure that my system is clean prior to addressing the EGR and oil cooler. Is that an OK way to proceed, or would I be better off doing something differently?
With regard to the EGR, I can see that there are advantages to doing a delte. We don't have emissions testing where I live, and if it ever happens I am okay installing something like the Bulletproof EGR. My concern with doing a delete is that I have read that some trucks will throw a code, and that it does more than just turn the wrench light on, that it actually causes the truck to default to something and run differently, and that it's not desirable. Is that true? If so, about what does it cost to get a programmer and a tune that addresses the EGR code?
I also have concerns about putting a new oil cooler on because I've read a lot of threads from folks that have done that and their delta's didn't improve. I am hoping that a good flush will help eliminate or lessen that possibility?
The installer I am going to use said that if I do head studs at the same time as the EGR and oil cooler that it saves quite a few hours of labor on the EGR and cooler by having the cab off. He has suggested that I could do ARP studs at the same time. I have read some posts that say that the EGR is the problem that causes head stud problems and that once it's addressed they aren't as much of a concern. Is that true? If my factory type studs will fail in 80k again I would rather address the issue now and have the ARP studs put in if necessary with an EGR delete.
Any and all advice and guidance would be really appreciated. I know there are a lot of folks here that know a lot about these motors.