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Old 08-20-2013, 09:08 PM Rookie

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I've been lurking here for several months while shopping for a 6.0 liter crew cab 4x4. My goal is to haul a fifth wheel for family vacations, so I'm mainly interested in torque, fuel economy and really good brakes!

I'm a retired Deputy Fire Chief so I know all about relying on the skill and training of others, and this site gave me confidence to know what to look for and what to avoid. Thanks for sharing what you've learned here to make it easier on the next guy!

I found a 2003 4x4 which had an engine donated from a burned 2005. The previous owner bought the engine not realizing the vehicle had been torched because the head gaskets were blown(fitting given my former occupation). Upon discovery, he had the heads redone with ARP studs, hardened valve seats and (according to the mechanic) upgraded lifters. He also had an Edge Juice/Attitude installed that he had no idea how to use or update.

It needed some work in other areas, and the EOT/ECT spread is borderline, as the mechanic reused the donor oil cooler, so I know that I'll be looking at that as it gets further obstructed. So far I've upgraded to drilled and slotted rotors on all four wheels, replaced the XM module in the Pioneer AVIC D1 with the HDRadio module (I can't bring myself to pay for radio!), installed a coolant filter, and I'm getting ready to do the oil change and filters. Got Opti-lube oil treatment and I've found reasonably priced B20 at the local Propel fuel kiosk.

Incidentally, I discovered Propel is giving fuel away as a promotion in California and Washington locations. Google Propel Give 10 for details. They gave me $10 fuel credit and my brother 5 gallons of B20.

My only stumper at this point is a soft brake pedal after the right rear caliper failed. I know I've gotten the air out of the calipers during my replacement of the caliper and rotors and pads on all corners. Any suggestion on how to verify the master cylinder is properly bled?
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Congrats on the truck - Sounds like a lot of stuff has already been taken care of for you. Always a plus.

Go up to the top of the page, under the logo. There is a "Google Custom Search" box. You could try typing in something like bleed master cylinder or something like it. Many times, there are threads out there on various subjects. You might find info that way.

I live in CA with a Propel station not too far from me. I'll have to look into their promotion. I've used their B20 on several occasions, but I don't every time because their prices are higher than regular diesel, sometimes by almost 10 cents. The truck runs well on it, but when I have a 38 gallon tank, .10/gal extra adds up quick.
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