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Old 12-03-2012, 05:53 PM
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Caring for Performance modified F350

Good afternoon,
I am a life long GM guy who recently purchased a Ford F350 with the 6.4 diesel. New to diesels as well.

In any event, after doing some research, I found a local 2010 F 350 with several performance mods. The truck has a complete DPF delete, H & S mini maxx tuner, 4" straight exhaust, and an AFE scorcher air intake. Truck has been leveled with all else stock.

On one hand, I enjoy the performance...I have several classic muscle cars and enjoy speed. I do not lean on the accelerator at every stop light. On the other hand, I worry about all the mods, computer reprogramming, etc.

What say the forum...Do the mods improve reliability and function over the long term? What, if any additional maintenance should I be looking at

Many thanks....
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:19 PM
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The mods will help it live a longer happier life. Removing the EGR coolers is a good step. Change the oil every 5000 miles and use the Motorcraft oil filters and fuel filters. Drain the water separator every 30 days. And have the oil tested by Blackstone (only 25bucks).


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Old 12-03-2012, 07:00 PM
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Also, if you plan on staying with the ford gold coolant then stay on top of the nitrate testing. Otherwise do a good flush and switch to a cat ec1 rated coolant. A coolant filter would also be a good idea - pretty cheap and easy to do
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Those mods should help the longevity of the motor if you're not crazy with the right foot.

As I usually say, maintenance maintenance maintenance and this thing will live a long time.

Motorcraft/Racor oil and fuel filters only (5k oil and 10k fuel)
Drain fuel/water separator monthly or every 2-4 tanks)
Check your air filter (I know it's aftermarket, just make sure it stays clean)
Look for leaks during oil changes
Check coolant levels and test regularly
Change trans (and transfer case) fluid on time
Same for diffs
Check power steering and brake fluids, change when needed

After that, you should be good to go.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:36 PM
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I love it when a GM person comes over to a REAL truck. Just kidding. Welcome.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:15 PM
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DPF delete, EGR delete, tuner, intake. They are power mods but much more. They can be considered preventative maintenance and an investment. They will eventually pay for themselves in fuel economy gains. They will also save you from common problems, i.e. dpf clogging, egr cooler leaks etc. And they are FUN!!!
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:21 PM
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Ok, thanks for the info folks. Good stuff.

Quick question though. I see many recommendations throughout the forum to have oil tested. Is there something in particular that these trucks are susceptible to?...or perhaps as a result of DPF/Cat delete?
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:55 PM
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The test will tell you the story of your engine. Give Blackstone a sample next time.

There are many problems any engine could have, but checking for diesel in the oil would be something to look for.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:15 PM
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From black stone..I've been running rotella t6 synthetic, I changed it at 7500 miles, they said the filter has been doing a great job, oil levels were great and I can extend it to 9500 mile intervals. Pretty awesome report for $25!


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