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Old 06-23-2012, 06:46 AM
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THIS IS MY FIRST DIESEL...any tips from the vets??

I have been around cars and trucks my whole life,owned and worked on everything from a 1906 Wayne auto, mustangs,boosted hondas, ford gas trucks,motorcycles and a little of everything in between. Just not much experience with diesels until now. I have done quite alot of research before buying my first diesel and i love it! Just looking for some insight from the diesel vets on the 6.4 ups and downs. Thanks in advance.
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First thing. If the truck is stock. Change the oil every 5k. Don't go the 7-10k like some people. 6.4's have a real problem with oil dilution. Change the fuel filters every 10k.

Not sure if your looking into keeping the truck stock. But exhaust/dpf delete, h&s or spartan tuner/intake would be a good investment. They run so much better and get better mileage.

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Like stated, DO NOT SKIMP ON MAINTENANCE.
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First thing. If the truck is stock. Change the oil every 5k. Don't go the 7-10k like some people. 6.4's have a real problem with oil dilution. Change the fuel filters every 10k.

Not sure if your looking into keeping the truck stock. But exhaust/dpf delete, h&s or spartan tuner/intake would be a good investment. They run so much better and get better mileage.
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Like stated, DO NOT SKIMP ON MAINTENANCE.
Thanks for the input..yes as soon as i got it i changed the oil and fuel filters,oil and filter twice now..
also i would like to do a dpf delete and tuner in the near future. It is my DD work truck so i want to keep it reliable, i put around 1000 miles a week on it.i was wondering which tuner you all would suggest.
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drain water/fuel separator once a month. fill up at clean and or busy stations.

check your coolant. look for low levels and discoloration. do a proper flush if you can and add a coolant filter.

if you dont tuner get a set of guages and monitor the temps.

the 64 is a newer generation of diesels so be cautious when taking advice. what applied to older trucks does not now.

good luck
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drain water/fuel separator once a month. fill up at clean and or busy stations.

check your coolant. look for low levels and discoloration. do a proper flush if you can and add a coolant filter.

if you dont tuner get a set of guages and monitor the temps.

the 64 is a newer generation of diesels so be cautious when taking advice. what applied to older trucks does not now.

good luck
Thanks for the info....
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As far as a tuner goes. I would go with a H&S minimaxx. Hands down


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As far as a tuner goes. I would go with a H&S minimaxx. Hands down


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Going along with what everyone else is saying, the best thing you can do for your truck is REGULAR maintenance (fluids and filter changes, etc). Although I agree that deleting the emissions crap (dpf, cat, and ultimately egr) is a good idea, it is not totally necessary and a stock truck will run fine as long as you do keep it maintained. I would also suggest running a cetane booster in every tank. The ULSD crap we get at the pump these days has little to no lubricating properties which is bad for fuel pumps and injectors. There are many products available, but from what I've read, a lot of guys use Opti-Lube or Diesel Kleen. If you do plan to delete and tune your truck, I like the H&S Mini Maxx. It has the ability to change power levels on the fly. As you can see from my signature, I'm totally stock right now because of warranty concerns, but when the warranty expires I'll most likely delete and tune myself.

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Yup!
X2 that's what I'mm looking into getting in the near future (still under warranty). I checked out the H&S Tuner package with the Mini maxx, DPF delete & full exaust for around $1500.
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