01-15-2009, 06:45 AM
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6.0l build for power and longevity
Hello all! I have been reading posts here for some time and think this is a rather 6.0l friendly site. At least compared to others who want nothing to do with the motor and have seem to completely give up on it? I have a 2004 F-350 4x4 DRW w/6.0l and 4.10 gearing that I use for work and pull 12 to 14k up the mountains here in NM for business. Now my 6.0l has been nothing but aces for me. It has 90K and has never had any issues ever, not ever. Clean oasis! I am very careful to make sure my ford dealer services it at every scheduled interval and she has worked like a horse for me and I am very, very happy with it.
OK, after all this rambling I'll get to my question, haha. I will soon be moving to a larger trailer, 18k. I am going to move to a 4.30 gear to help a little with the tug but also want to know if there is any safe build up for the 6.0 to get the power up and not sacrificing the longevity, durability, and reliability. My goal would be to get around 350 to 375hp and 700ftlbs tq, 25 to 50 hp over stock and 130tq over stock and be as reliable as a stock motor? My thinking to do this would be the following parts. Am I missing anything here and do I just have wishful thinking or is it a doable project?
ARP Head Studs
Improved O-Ringed Head gaskets
Custom Tuner with Tunes for specific application
4" Turbo Back Exhaust
EGR Complete Delete
Performance Intake Elbow
I figure the head studs and gaskets will hopefully be able to take the added power reliably. Remember its just for towing, I don't ever race or beat up on my diesel but I know pulling some of these inclines is pretty tough on a motor. The exhaust, radiator, intercooler, and intake mods to help with cooling for the extra fueling that will be going on. Well what do the experts here think? Can a 6.0 make 350 to 375hp and 700tq reliably while towing and still be able to make 300k on a motor like this?