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Old 05-15-2014, 06:37 PM
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6.0 motor swap or buy new truck

Hey everyone im new here. I was wondering what everyones thoughts or opinion on a delima I am in. I have a 04 6.0 exteded cab long bed. Love the truck but after years of battling the 6.0 (bought new in 04) I have given up on the old girl. Its at 200,000 miles and it has had the egr deleted, new injectors, oil coolers and so on to bomb proof it. All except the headgasket and studs, which currently just went out which I do not feel like replacing with the odds of something else crapping out on it in the near future. My question is should I do a motor swap or do a complete motor rebuild with the 6.0 motor? I didnt know if anyone has done the complete rebuild and had good luck with it as far as cost goes with rebuilding or swapping motors compared just buying a newer truck (07 up cummins, yes i like the motors but love the look of a ford). So to sum it up, fix the thing with a rebuild/motor swap, or just buy a newer diesel. Thanks everyone
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Old 05-18-2014, 10:48 PM
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Diesel conversion specialists in Montana.... Swap in a cummins and be done. Wont be cheap but you will have the truck body u want and the engine you can rely on.
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The cost of a new Truck vs. cost of an Engine Swap/rebuild, price speaks for itself to me. It's your money though.
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frankenstein trucks are always cool, but make sure you keep good records on it, cuz parts interchangability can be a bear. If you have a zf-6, you're in better shape to swap, but still...

My I'd just rebuild it, keep it as a 6.0. build it to last and take good care of it.

if you want a cummins, deal with the tinfoil wrapper dodge gives you.
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I have the 6.0 and I do like it, but even though, it's starting to give me problems.. With the total cost of rebuilding the 6.0 and really bullet proofing it, I could just about do a cummins swap the right way. So I'm going to keep putting bandaids on it until it's paid off and then do the cummins swap with a 12-valve and really fix it up like I want it.
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Fummins for the win.
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I have the 6.0 and I do like it, but even though, it's starting to give me problems.. With the total cost of rebuilding the 6.0 and really bullet proofing it, I could just about do a cummins swap the right way. So I'm going to keep putting bandaids on it until it's paid off and then do the cummins swap with a 12-valve and really fix it up like I want it.
I'd like to see the price tag on that... I can't see a rebuild costing the same as the swap.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:49 AM
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I'd like to see the price tag on that... I can't see a rebuild costing the same as the swap.
First, I'm a mechanic so no labor costs. Add up everything from arp studs, new HG, all new dummy plugs, standpipes, egr delete, new hpop, new ficm, BPD oil cooler, etc.. OUCH

Then for the swap, after parting out the dodge donor I'll probably come out even or possibly ahead, then sell the 6.0 and possibly net some money in the end..

Swap can be cheaper if you do it yourself, find a donor dodge for 1500-2000 and part out the remaining parts on it and your 6.0..

All theoretical of course, but I've seen other people do it and either come out ahead, just about even or wind up with about 500 bucks in it.
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First, I'm a mechanic so no labor costs. Add up everything from arp studs, new HG, all new dummy plugs, standpipes, egr delete, new hpop, new ficm, BPD oil cooler, etc.. OUCH

Then for the swap, after parting out the dodge donor I'll probably come out even or possibly ahead, then sell the 6.0 and possibly net some money in the end..

Swap can be cheaper if you do it yourself, find a donor dodge for 1500-2000 and part out the remaining parts on it and your 6.0..

All theoretical of course, but I've seen other people do it and either come out ahead, just about even or wind up with about 500 bucks in it.
I'll take that Keep us updated for sure. I'm with you on the 6bt, i just see dollar signs for labor not knowing who is on the other side of the computer
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I'll take that Keep us updated for sure. I'm with you on the 6bt, i just see dollar signs for labor not knowing who is on the other side of the computer
Brother, with my luck it'll end up costing me more than a new truck!

But that's my theory and I'm sticking to it.
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