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Old 04-29-2012, 03:36 AM
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Enough Lurking, Gonna go ahead and say hi.

Yes, I'm a n00b. New here, and fairly new to diesels, but not to forums. I've been reading quite a bit, and I've learned a lot of good information.

I picked up a 2008 F-350 SRW Crew Cab Lariat 4X4 long bed back in March. To be quite honest, I wasn't exactly in the market for a vehicle since I'm working in Afghanistan and don't drive it a ton anyways, but I came across a good deal.

I'm not really into tuning and gaining monstrous horsepower, and I will likely leave all the motor and running gear stock. I am a person more interested in reliability and "power when I need it" oomph. I'm pulling aluminum horse trailers and a flat bed with a small tractor only occasionally.

Right now, my wife drives the truck more than I do since she's at home. I guess you can't keep a country girl down. It helps that my two daughters love the truck as well.

Thank you.

This is what she looks like today as far as I know. I haven't driven her in two months. Just my wife.


This is how she looked the night we picked her up. The only changes so far are a new set of Michelin rubber.

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First off,

You will see here that tuning/deleting your 6.4 will be the BEST reliability mod you can do, followed by egr cooler delete.
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:43 AM
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Thank You.

I've read that with the right DPF delete and tuner, many of the tuners will turn off the EGR cooler as well. My understanding was that the EGR cooler delete wouldn't be as necessary then. Am I incorrect in my assumption?

I have about 36000 miles left on my warranty, which will last me a pretty good while since I'm overseas. I'm just trying to not void anything unless it really doesn't matter.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:13 AM
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Welcome to the ORG.

Keep the mods on hold until the truck is out of warranty, and do a lot of research. Even with the tuner telling the EGR valve to be shut, the turbos in the 6.4 can push that valve off the seats with the boost levels they can generate. Deletes are the better choice, or a block of sorts to leave the system looking functional. Again, after your warranty expires.
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Awesome. Thank You.
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Welcome to the org. That is a good looking truck. I wouldnt do anyting to it until your warranty is up. I know you said you werent looking at doing tunes and delete but those are what keep the truck alive and running much better.

Also you said you are in afgan working are you civilian or miliatry?
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I'm a civilian. "Embedded Police Mentor." working on training the Afghan National Police for now. Should be home in TX in a couple of days to see the family for two weeks. I can't wait.


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I did something like that in iraq. I hated it im glad it was only for 3 months haha. You are making a little more money then i was tho, i been looking into going back over as a civilian
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The money is great, don't get me wrong. The problem is that the time off sucks. Seeing my family for only 28 days a year is just plain crap. This is especially true since I have a 6 year old and 8 year old daughter at home. I know, the soldiers only get 15 days a year when they do a full one year deployment, and they don't even get that on shorter deployments. I am in no way suggesting that I have it the worse. I'm just saying it's bad.

And if there are any soldiers or vets in here, which I know there are, I just want to say thank you. I have always respected what you do, and now living along side you and going outside the wire with y'all almost daily, I respect you even more.

God bless you.
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