444, I’m going to have to disagree very strongly. While you may have not heard of it, it’s the death of nearly all 325 horse motors.
A LOT of 6.0s are misdiagnosed as headgaskets or egr coolers. Plus, and egr cooler failure is a lack of maintenance on the end user. The oil cooler is a service item with the 6.0 and needs to be treated as such. I’ve never once seen an egr cooler fail where the oil cooler wasn’t the root cause. I’ve probably done 300+ oil coolers and 100+ 6.0 headgasket jobs over the years.
And, in all my years of doing it, I’ve not once replaced ball joints in a gm HD truck. I’ve done a few upgraded control arm sets, seem one ball joint pop out of the control arm, but NEVER for excessive wear. Rarely a cv axle, always u joints on straight axles. And, tie rods are RARELY an issue. It’s almost always an idler/pitman arm issue. I replace a lotttttt of idler and pitman arms. And, this has been fixed in 2011. We aren’t seeing steering wheel play in 11+ trucks until 250-300k miles. People can hate on the ifs suspension, but it’s equally as strong as a straight axle, rides better, handles better, doesn’t death wobble, doesn’t wear out as fast, overall is great.
I’d bet you couldn’t give me one but of factual proof the ifs sucks. My point on this is, quite simply, don’t just take what everyone says and apply it... the 11+ Allison’s are holding equal power to 6r140s. I’m not a huge fan of the Allison, but they’re getting much better.
06 King Ranch
Fass 200, Custom fuel lines, 225/100s, Thumper stage 2 hpop, WPE stage 3 intake, Mishimoto radiator, Flex a lite fans, BPD water pump, MPD oil cooler relocate kit, Intercooler pipes, Compounds built by me, etc etc etc
05 Eddie Bauer
Resealed entire motor @ 170k miles, new lifters, 6.4 push rods, studs, rebuilt the turbo, IPR egr delete, new injectors, new heads, new ficm board, coolant filter, intercooler tubes, regulated return, bunch of other new parts. Factory exhaust, cat gutted(wife's rig). Livewire with gearhead tunes. Should go a while reliably for her!
03 LB7 duramax the "daily/tow pig"
Lbz cp3, s475/stock twin kit, built trans, steel driveshft, amsoil bypass, secondary oil cooler built by me, fass, traction bars, trans cooler upgrade, dual alts, straight center link + tie rod sleeves, efi live, transfer flow/tool box tank, 5er hitch, other small upgrades.. and most importantly, STOCK HEADBOLTS! Just rolled 200k miles, twins installed @ 165k, daily driven on a "550 tune" tows 18k on a "475" tune.