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Old 09-09-2013, 02:59 PM
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I am new member to this forum. I am hoping to get a powerstroke as my next truck and wanted to become a member in order to make an informed decision between the 6.0L and the 7.3L before I buy. I know this is only an introduction but if anyone would care to share some specific ideas or opinions on the two engines that would be great.
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It's always a heated debate between which engine is preferred but it all depends on the person owning the truck. If you can work on your own vehicles and are willing to (at the very least) change out the ford gold coolant, delete/upgrade the egr and buy a monitor (edge CT/CTS) and be able to keep up with the maintenance then a 6.0 is for you. The 6.0 will give better mpgs, more available options, stronger trans, and more hp per dollar.

The 7.3's are tried and true engines and only really have trouble with their CPS sensors. They can be rode hard and put away wet... Good luck and keep us posted on what you decided. If I were you, I'd come to the dark side of the 6oh's
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:34 PM
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Thanks RollinEarly99, I think I can should be able to handle the upgrades you recommended and I am leaning towards the 6.0. I will be sure to update on my decision.
Is there anything specific I should look for when shopping for a 6.0, such as any issues or details that are specific to this engine?
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:05 PM
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I would definitely have a monitor while you test drive a 6.0 to know what your getting into. You could also remove the oil fill cap on the passenger side valve cover while its running and see if it has lots of blow-by... A little is okay. Also make sure the automatic hubs work. If you have the hubs in auto and you select 4x4 make sure the a/c is on max and if they aren't working correctly the a/c will change to the defroster. Make sure to go into forward and reverse a few times to give the hubs a chance to automatically engage. Make sure the degas bottle is at the appropriate level... Right at or just below the add mark, if its over the add mark chances are the previous owner probably just topped it off to possibly hide a problem. You could also jack up the front end and test the wheel bearings/balljoints by rocking the tires up and down very aggressively. Wheel bearings for Superdutys are around $300-400 each, parts only! There is lots to look for... I'd just make sure to read until your blue in the face and have got blood shot eyes from the computer screen.
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:21 PM
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Things to monitor using the Digital gauges:

ECT vs EOT: once warm EOT shouldn't be 15*f higher than the ECT (cruising 55-65mph, unloaded, and flat ground)
FICM Volts: 46v-48 at all times, engine off key on and while engine is running (48v is preffered)
VGT Cycle %: I'd just make sure the number are changing while driving (number should decrease as turbo boost builds)
Trans temp: 170-175*f max no matter what you do while unloaded (6.0 has great trans coolers)

I'm sure I'm forgetting something... I'll edit if I think of something else.

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Thanks for joining, it's great to have you here.

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Thanks again RollinEarly99, I cant thank you enough. I will definitely use your advice while shopping.
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