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Old 10-13-2012, 09:07 PM
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Oil cooler vs studs

I am looking at doing the bulletproof oil cooler update and egr delete soon. With being that far into the motor should I just go ahead and do studs? From what I can tell there isn't too much more left to do once you are that far in. Am I wrong?


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You are really at a 50/50 toss up type of thing you are half way in with half way still to go. Pulling the heads themselves is quite a bit of work. If it was me I would do it. If you have 120k+ miles some of your valves or valve guides might be ready for work too. Mine was.
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I've got 150000 on it. I'm starting to think it might be a better idea to wait bit longer and do both when I can afford both. Not that big of a jump price wise just need a couple more paychecks to absorb the extra. I would feel much better about it just going in once and knocking the major stuff out. Thanks for the insight on it.


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I would do oil cooler. It is a good first step to working on your truck compaired to the work of a head stud job.

If you oil cooler blows it will send water to all of the engine components. I think that is more damaging to the injectors, high pressure oil pump, low pressure oil pump, bearings, cylinder walls, and that it over fills the engine oil system with coolant... than compaired to coolant being pushed out from a broken head gasket as the result of weak head bolts TO AN EXTENT.... if you slam your truck with a bad head gasket of course it will do more damage.

Oil Cooler kits.
$258
Riffraff Diesel: Ford Oil Cooler 03-07

$269
Tousley Ford Parts Depot

$307
Ford 6.0L Powerstroke Diesel Oil Cooler Kit 3C3Z6A642CA

$310
Ford 6.0 Powerstroke Oil Cooler

$310
Ford Powerstroke 6.0L New Engine Oil Cooler



ARP HEAD STUDS

$394
http://autoplicity.com/products/2715...keModelFitment


HEAD GASKETS / KITS

20mm
$136 20mm
http://www.riffraffdiesel.com/mm5/me..._Code=F601-OEM

$155 20mm or $170 18mm + free shipping + $5 price beat
http://www.xtremediesel.com/ford60lheadgaskets.aspx


18mm

$148
http://www.riffraffdiesel.com/mm5/me..._Code=F601-OEM

$159
http://performancemachinemfg.com/i-8...dels-only.html

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Not bad. Great links and prices as well. I'm looking at one from bulletproof diesel. They seem to come highly recommended around here. As for going ahead and doing the heads I think I will. I am fairly mechanically inclined and with the proper research and preparation I don't see it being a big deal at all. I'm no shade tree mechanic I actually went to technical school to work on diesels but that was quite some time ago!! Lol There are some great write ups on here about the job. The .org is an awesome resource!!!


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There are also videos from SRMASTERTECH on youtube.


For the EGR cooler. I have the exhaust flow plugged 100%. The egr cooler is on the truck like normal and the coolant still flows like normal but not the exhaust.
I have a plate welded on the inside. And the IDP custom tunes prevent the codes and check engine light from coming up.

I got a dorman egr cooler cuz it is cheap and will not be going through its normal abuse because there is no exhaust going through it to the intake.
The Kit also came with all the gaskets.
$165
2007 Ford F-350 Super Duty Dorman (OE Solutions) 904-218 EGR Cooler | StockWiseAuto
$175
123 Autoparts
$194
Dorman 904-218 - Dorman Intake Manifolds - Overview - SummitRacing.com


If you want to use your egr cooler then get the upgraded egr coolers.
$319
6.0 Upgraded EGR Cooler For 2004-2007 6.0 Powerstroke
$449
Sinister SMC-EGRC-03 2003 6L Upgraded Egr Cooler *** A Separate Core Charge Of 80 Will Apply***
$449
6.0 Upgraded EGR Cooler For 2003 6.0 Powerstroke

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If you're doing an oil cooler and even thinking about doing studs, definitely do both at the same time. You'll save hours and hours and hours of work.

If you're able to invest in the Bulletproof Diesel oil cooler, I highly recommend going that direction. Not having to worry about cleaning coolant filters or replacing another OEM oil cooler is priceless.
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Oh there's a price on it!! Lol. A high price... But still well worth it. I don't want to have to do another one after 50000 which seems to be the life of the factory ones.


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