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Old 06-18-2013, 10:07 AM
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Now I think I'm set on a 6.4, few questions...

Read a ton about the 6.0's and then I ventured over to the 6.4 forum one day and saw how incredible power could be made from just a few mods. Also haven't seen many reliability or problem issues. Not to mention the updated look of the interior and exterior is nice.

1. I would do the DPF delete, 5in turbo back, Intake, EGR delete, coolant filter and tuner when I got it, myself.

2. After those mods, what sort of problems occur regularly with this truck?

3. I don't plan on hot rodding it everyday, it will be my DD, but the occasional heavy acceleration is fun, I've read the head studs are much stronger, how strong?

4. The ones I'm looking at are in the 130k-150k in mileage, most are in texas. What kind of issues am I looking at with those miles? Ball joints, tie rods, turbo problems?

5. I would get an oasis report, what other signs of problems should i look for besides degas cap and such?
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Trucks with that many miles and no dpf delete will have turbo problems occasionally. The regent cycle puts a lot of stress on turbo. Other than that very good trucks. I have 2 08 6.4 f 250s. One has 175k on it with a dpf delete. The other one has 120k miles with no dpf delete. Neither one has ever had any problems.

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Read a ton about the 6.0's and then I ventured over to the 6.4 forum one day and saw how incredible power could be made from just a few mods. Also haven't seen many reliability or problem issues. Not to mention the updated look of the interior and exterior is nice.

1. I would do the DPF delete, 5in turbo back, Intake, EGR delete, coolant filter and tuner when I got it, myself. Nothing to hard about those mods for any average DIY'er

2. After those mods, what sort of problems occur regularly with this truck? In my experience, the removal of the DPF eliminates a lot of the 'common' issues that arise with the 6.4 as many of those stem from the regen cycles.

3. I don't plan on hot rodding it everyday, it will be my DD, but the occasional heavy acceleration is fun, I've read the head studs are much stronger, how strong? head studs are a LOT better in terms of strength but they are not QUITE as 'needed' as they were on the 6.0

4. The ones I'm looking at are in the 130k-150k in mileage, most are in texas. What kind of issues am I looking at with those miles? Ball joints, tie rods, turbo problems?I bought my Job 1 08 with 162K, currently has 185K and I have replaced the front brakes and an alternator. I am tuned and I can see 19.5 mpg on the highway with 35s. Have had two alignments since I owned the truck and have not had to replace any suspension components yet, but I do not know if/when they were changed prior to me purchasing the truck, but all the parts in the truck appear to be OEM Ford parts. Of course, every truck is different, this is just my personal experience

5. I would get an oasis report, what other signs of problems should i look for besides degas cap and such? Some of the early 6.4s had radiator leaks and a few had turbo issues. Just look it over and keep mileage in mind. If it has a laundry list of serious repairs, I would walk away. I had my OASIS ran before I purchased and it was an EXTREMELY clean report, especially for a Job 1
As I said above, each truck is different and has lived a different life. I could tell by looking at the miles vs engine hours, my truck had a good bit of open road mileage on it. And being a King Ranch the interior was in EXCELLENT shape, better than some I saw with only 60k on them. That seemed to indicate the previous owner at least somewhat cared for and maintained the truck.

I have drove the truck from WV to ATL, Norfolk VA, and Chicago Il several times and won;t hesitate to do it again here in about two weeks when I head out of Chicago back to WV for vacation. I have had great service out of my truck. I would buy it all over again if I could go back
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3. I don't plan on hot rodding it everyday, it will be my DD, but the occasional heavy acceleration is fun, I've read the head studs are much stronger, how strong? head studs are a LOT better in terms of strength but they are not QUITE as 'needed' as they were on the 6.0-
Adding onto this a little- Pay attention to build dates. Mine is an early Job1 truck with the motor actually made in 2006!!. Those early motors use the old style 6.0 HG and are much more likely to blow without studs- as mine did.
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