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Dependable, strong 6.0

I was wondering what it would take to make a 6.0 dependable and make it quite powerfull without breaking my pocket.

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Delete the egr cooler and you should be relatively problem free.

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Dependability is in the maintenance, which starts with a monitor for these trucks (For example: ScangaugeII, Edge Insight CS/CTS, or AE software for a laptop).

From there you can keep ahead of the issues most owners face before the truck leaves you strained.

For performance: (to put you around 400RWHP without much investment)
4" exhaust system, with a 3.5" downpipe is all you need.
SCT Flash Programer with Custom Tuning for your truck. - Ensure your tunes are written for your stock bolts or aftermarket studs as applicable.

Further Bullet Proofing:
Write Up: Bullet-Proofing the 6.0L PSD.

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Those are good things to do, and are very important, but number one IMHO is egr delete. There is no doubt that monitoring is key to longevity, no other way around it..

Just dont forget to delete the egr. It's not a matter of "if" it fails, more like "when" the egr cooler will fail.

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I heard from my uncle that if you chip these 6.0's you are bound for head problems. is this true?
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I say, First thing to do is Get a monitoring system.
The scangaugeII will be the cheapest. you buy online or order from autozone.

You need to be able to compare your oil temp and your coolant temp. Shouldnt be more than 15deg apart. if so, u have issues brewing.

Next, get the gold coolant OUT. Flush it out good and put in red ELC coolant.
the coolant is what causes oil cooler clogs, and in turn, cracks egr coolers.

Dont even bother with tuning yet. Take care of important stuff first.
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Those are good things to do, and are very important, but number one IMHO is egr delete. There is no doubt that monitoring is key to longevity, no other way around it..

Just dont forget to delete the egr. It's not a matter of "if" it fails, more like "when" the egr cooler will fail.
Depending on your part of the country a deletion of the EGR cooler is not an option. Even if it is, emissions control is getting stricter every year. Monitor the system, and avoid the fines that can result from these deletes. When the EGR cooler is toast, or you rebuild the oil cooler if that comes first (which it will be first, if you are monitoring the truck), you install an EGR cooler from Bullet Proof Diesel. You maintain the emission control equipment, and have a cooler with a zero failure rate.

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I heard from my uncle that if you chip these 6.0's you are bound for head problems. is this true?
Any aftermarket programming is done at risk. If you do program these trucks, use an SCT flash programmer (which is one of the few that programs the transmission as well) and have tunes written for your trucks strategy, head bolts/studs, and modifications. Don't beat on the truck every chance you get, and there are folks running a lot of miles tuned on stock bolts. Its more about how you drive it.
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Newbie question - does the same tuner work for manual or auto transmissions?
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I agree with everything collo dually said



Of and for the record an EGR delete is not the FIRST thing to do but actually a monitoring solution will tell what is all needed.

Plenty of people watching their temps running their stock egr coolers


That is a "mod" not maintenance






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install an EGR cooler from Bullet Proof Diesel. You maintain the emission control equipment, and have a cooler with a zero failure rate.
Thats what i did. mines from sinister, but its the same thing, i think egr deletes are the old way of doing things.

oh yea, install a coolant filter.
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