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Cracked a Piston..need help on upgrades
I have a 2008 F450 KR with 187,000km on it (little over 110k miles).
I bought the truck used last year and did the DPF/EGR delete, S&B intake and an H&S mini max, along with changed all my fluids, etc.
I have been religious with all my maintence and the truck has been reliable until two days ago.
I was merging onto the highway with my tuner on hot and noticed my truck started running rough.. I pulled over on the side of the highway and shut it down.
My mechanic just told me its a cracked piston, apparently he has done 4 of them in the last three weeks so its quite common.
I love this truck and don't want to change out but i do want to combat this breaking piston thing once and for all or else I will just get rid of the thing and might look into a gas truck.
I am planning on putting in:
Elite Diesel Heavy Duty or Rudys Ultimate pistons
- which one would you guys use and why?
- would you get the special coatings put on for the extra money?
Elite Diesel Chromoly Stage1 or Stage2?
- which one would you do? Stage2 requires trimming the headgasket?
Elite Diesel H11 or ARP?
Zero Gap rings or stock ones?
Is it worth the extra money or should I stay stock?
I do enjoy the boost and playing with my truck occasionally, but this is primarily my daily driven race hauler (towing a 12,000lbs trailer 3 times a week).
The goal is to build a reliable daily driven bottom end that will sustain 700-800hp if I decide building my truck up later on.
Is there anything else I should be doing while i am in there?
Ideally I would love to do the Carillo rods as well but its not in the budget as this was an unexcepted build and I didn't really budget for it.
Thanks in advance guys!