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Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: La Grande, Oregon
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Truck's been great, bought it, put 12k on it and haven't had a lick of trouble. I think the 6.0 got a bad rep because it's a bit finicky and it came out during the heat of the diesel wars, where multiple injection add-ons and stacked tuners weren't uncommon, and that just added to the hype.
The second part is most truck owners (IMO) don't monitor/maintain their trucks as well as they should. Everyone got used to the 7.3 where all you had to do was change the oil every once in a while and fill it with diesel. With the oil cooler, EGR system, more finicky injectors, and other parts like the FICMs, maintenance on a 6.0 is a lot more important. If you're good about maintaining it, I doubt you'll ever have any trouble with it.
I deleted mine, more so as preventative maintenance than a performance upgrade. I could have just used an upgraded EGR cooler like BPDs, but this was cheaper and better for me. I'm still on the original oil cooler that was in the truck when I bought it and only have about 5-7 degree deltas. My FICM never had any problems, but it too got an upgrade because I found a deal on a BPD 6-phase unit that I couldn't refuse. But even still, I monitor FICM supply voltage.....I still have the stock head bolts too......thought I had lifted the heads once while towing 22k, but it ended up just cracking an injector.
It takes a better owner than one who just fills it up and changes the oil every now and again to get the best out of a 6.0. But if you treat her right she'll treat you right:thumb.
Nick "Shadow" Kokos
2005 King Ranch F-350: Studded and O-Ringed, BPD Oil Bypass System, Stage 1.75 KC Turbo, ODAWG Ported Intake Manifold, 4" TB MBRP Exhaust, Stage 2 AFE Intake, Billet Torque Converter, BPD 58V FICM, Atlas 40 and a Tweaked SPD tune
2.5" Leveling Kit, 35s, Fusion Bumper, ProTech Headache Rack, OnBoard Air, and a custom tailgate in the works