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Preventing problems with 6.0

Hey all,

I have been doing heavy research on the 05 and newer 6.0 liters,,I say 05 because I would not even consider a 03-04. From what it sounds like the main problems with these are turbos overheating, head gaskets leaking, and a few other things. I am considering buying an 05 or 06 and almost immediately putting on an ARP head stud kit, head gasket kit, an intercooler, a fluidampr and a set of gauges. I am not looking to have a hot rod, I will be towing a toy hauler and doing everyday driving. After I do these mods, I might put on an intake and exhaust. Am I way off or what?? Would this possibly solve most of the problems with these motors. Could I go older in year if I did these mods, are there any other mods that would make it reliable??? Any input is greatly appreciated. I have no problem going out and buying a Dodge with the cummins and have no problems, but I like the looks of the fords better but am not intersted in a shop queen. thanks in advance.
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DONT MAKE ALOT OF SHORT TRIPS IN IT THE 6.0 WAS MADE TO RUN.
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Get rid of the EGR system, stud the motor, get some gauges, and it doesn't matter what year 6.0 you get.

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Since you're gonna have it apart anyway, replacing the HPOP fitting would be a good idea if it hasn't been done.

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Hey all,

I have been doing heavy research on the 05 and newer 6.0 liters,,I say 05 because I would not even consider a 03-04. From what it sounds like the main problems with these are turbos overheating, head gaskets leaking, and a few other things. I am considering buying an 05 or 06 and almost immediately putting on an ARP head stud kit, head gasket kit, an intercooler, a fluidampr and a set of gauges. I am not looking to have a hot rod, I will be towing a toy hauler and doing everyday driving. After I do these mods, I might put on an intake and exhaust. Am I way off or what?? Would this possibly solve most of the problems with these motors. Could I go older in year if I did these mods, are there any other mods that would make it reliable??? Any input is greatly appreciated. I have no problem going out and buying a Dodge with the cummins and have no problems, but I like the looks of the fords better but am not intersted in a shop queen. thanks in advance.
You are definitely on the right track! Head studs, EGR cooler block off, exhaust, gauges, SCT tuner with custom tunes, minimum. Next would be cold air intake, intake elbow, fluidampr, and maybe water/meth to cool your EGT's while towing. Finally, you should consider an oil filter bypass kit (like the FS2500), a coolant filter bypass and new differential cover to better dissipate the heat... These are the things I am doing to mine to help make it bullet proof as my tow rig!

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my oh 3 will smoke your 05-07

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Since you're gonna have it apart anyway, replacing the HPOP fitting would be a good idea if it hasn't been done.
great advice!!!
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You are definitely on the right track! Head studs, EGR cooler block off, exhaust, gauges, SCT tuner with custom tunes, minimum. Next would be cold air intake, intake elbow, fluidampr, and maybe water/meth to cool your EGT's while towing. Finally, you should consider an oil filter bypass kit (like the FS2500), a coolant filter bypass and new differential cover to better dissipate the heat... These are the things I am doing to mine to help make it bullet proof as my tow rig!
Sounds like the perfect truck i would definately say the Studs...block off....exhause...gauges...and SCT!!!

the cold air intake i personally wouldnt worry about unless you want over 500 HP....the factory one filters SOOOOO good....and will support up to 500 HP...

the rest of it is all good advice though!! It just all depends on the budget!!
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my oh 3 will smoke your 05-07
With your lift and 35's, my truck will be faster!
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Sounds like the perfect truck
Oh, I think I'll keep it...

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With your lift and 35's, my truck will be faster!


Oh, I think I'll keep it...
maybe ill get to touch your "sweet unit" some day!!!!!
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my oh 3 will smoke your 05-07
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With your lift and 35's, my truck will be faster!
I'll run ya both!!


To the OP:
You have recieved great advice so far...And, also don't worry about upgrading the IC unless you are planning big power.

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