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Old 05-31-2009, 03:23 PM
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Love my new truck, now what?

I just picked up an 04 F-250 King Ranch Crew Cab and am loving it. It has 91k miles on it, 5-speed auto, 4x4. It is a very clean, well maintained truck formerly owned by a local seed salesman.

Now that I've got the truck, are there any things I should do to it right away? For instance, the 00 - 02 Dodges are notorious for having lift pump issues so a fuel pressure gauge is a must have to protect the injector pump. Any similar issues on the 6.0 Powerstroke? I know that the entire front end was rebuilt recently and the exhaust was replaced with straight pipes. The previous owner never had any injector issues so I think I got one of the "good ones." The truck has off-road, towing and camper packages - I assume the camper package is just upgraded rear springs?

Right now I am just using this truck as a daily driver - 40 mile round trip commute on 55mph 2 lane highways, flat to gently rolling terrain. On the trip home from the dealership on similar roads my computer display read 20.8 mpg over the 50 mile trip. How optimistic is the computer mileage?
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Old 05-31-2009, 03:46 PM
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Great truck over all, most common problem with the 6.0 will be the egr, their are several egr delete site. the sct tuner is the most common tuner used, regular service is the key to longevity 5k oil change, 15-20k fuel filter trans service yearly.
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Old 05-31-2009, 03:58 PM
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The first thing I would do is EGR delete just because of how many problems there are with them, then maybe a programmer to help with your gas mileage
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Old 05-31-2009, 06:28 PM
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Oil changes every 5k?? The manual says 7500 unless dusty/hot/heavy towing, none of which my truck should be exposed to.

I don't know if the EGR is there right now or not, possibly removed by the previous owner. Does removing the EGR just prevent Check Engine Lights, or is there a power/mileage increase as well?
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:19 AM
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Bump. Also wondering what programmers have proven to show the best mileage gains. Would a mileage programmer require any mods to anything else? Head bolts perhaps? I don't imagine a mileage programmer would drastically increase power/torque...
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:25 AM
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oil changes are one of the easiest ways to protect the motor, no sence in taking a risk on that. the 6.0s get better MPGs with the more HP tunes you throw at them. ie the higher the HP tune = the more MPGs you get. most commonly people delete the EGR and install head studs.
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