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Radiator & Wobble on 350??

ok guys; im new to the forum & new to the diesel industry. I've recently bought a 09' SRW 350 CC to pull our 8K lb camper & have been researching EGTs & ways to get more performance & MPG. But first I had the violent death wobble since having the truck...replaced steering damper & has fixed it for now but you can still fill small shake in the steering wheel at times...most likely the trac bar?? (dealer said everything in the front in was within tolerances from ford) Also I am noticing the paint flaking from the bottom cap of my radiator & real small "pits" as it gets closer to the bottom side of the cap. Does this mean I will need a radiator soon? The temp gauge has never gone past "half way" to show excessive heat; even on 600K hike pulling at 75mph. I didn't know of these issues prior to purchasing the 6.4 but see that the wobble & radiator are just the beginning of some nightmares with them. Any help is appreciated...I want these issues addressed before I invest in its performance.

truck has 73K miles on it ... its all stock for now.

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My paint is flaking on my truck's radiator too. I've seen several others with the same "problem." Like you, my temp gauge has never shown anything beyond half or excessively high temperatures. Don't have any pit marks though. My bumper seems to take the brunt of those... My death wobble issue seems to have been fixed by adding a new (aftermarket) steering stabilizer in place of the factory unit. Bought a generic kit that came with a Bilstein 5100. Cost me $125 Canadian. It isn't perfect but a lot better than what it was. I still get some shake in my steering wheel when I'm rounding corers at 80 and hit some potholes but for the most part, it's fixed. Radiators on these trucks is a weak point. However, I don't think you have any mechanical issues with yours other than cosmetic/aesthetic issues from paint peeling and pit marks, probably from gravel being thrown up in the winter.

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cool...I'll keep a close eye on it to b sure it doesn't get worse. I'll also look into a better stabilizer the the stocker the dealer installed. Thnx for the feedback!
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