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So I bought my truck back in July 2011, and have pretty much been lurking on this Forum and a few others since. Finally decided to post up some pics and some info about her.

The truck was bought as a completely stock 2008 F250 with a 6.4 Powerstroke, 4WD. Had 59k miles when I brought her home. King Ranch with quad buckets.

Current mods completed since purchase:
-Pioneer AVIC-X930BT Headunit
- Pioneer TS-G6844R 6x8s Infinity Kappa 682.9cf 6x8s all the way around
-Rockford Fosgate R500-1 amp
-Kenwood KFC-WS12 12" subwoofer
-CAC pipe (~60k miles)
-CCV filter (~60k miles)
-DPF/DOC deleted 5" Diamond Eye straight pipe; stock tip welded on for stealth look (~68k miles)
-SPARTANIZED 300LL daily driven (~68k miles)
-Flo-Pro EGR delete (~70k miles)
-Diamond Eye Down Pipe (Complete ~75k miles)
-AFE Intercooler (Complete ~76k miles)
-AirdogII 165 (Complete ~76k miles)
-Titanium Header wrapped downpipe and Turbo Socks (Complete ~77k miles)
-2.5" Ready Lift Leveling Kit (~82k miles)
-4" PMF Stage 3 Traction Blocks (~82k miles)
-Sinister Coolant Filter (Complete ~91k miles)
-37" tires (~108k miles)

Planned soon:
-DieselSite Transmission Filter
-Amsoil Oil Bypass filter

Eventually:
-ARP Studs & Elite ported fuel rails
-Upgraded Atmo (undecided on size, 71/72/75/76?)
-6.0 exhaust manifolds/up-pipes with wastegate
-SADP 6.4 Fuel Bowl Delete
-RCD torque converter
-Billet input/intermediate shafts

So here is my truck the day I brought her home


After some good window tint and a toolbox


Can still fit the bike in the bed with the toolbox


Put in an amp and a sub




Installed a new CAC pipe


Any comments or advice are always welcome!

Most up to date picture (July 2013):
 

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Hey man, welcome to the .org! You arent to far away from me, great looking truck. Keep us up to date on your mods
 

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Welcome! Don't be afraid to post up on what's on your mind on the site that's why it's here. I like the truck. So are the 6 x 8 speakers the factory size or did you have to modify the door?


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Welcome! Don't be afraid to post up on what's on your mind on the site that's why it's here. I like the truck. So are the 6 x 8 speakers the factory size or did you have to modify the door?


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The 6x8s are the factory size....I was amazed with the amount of improvement by replacing them. I put in some 6.5s in the front door (had to drill some new holes) and they sound great. Off topic, sorry....
 

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Welcome! Don't be afraid to post up on what's on your mind on the site that's why it's here. I like the truck. So are the 6 x 8 speakers the factory size or did you have to modify the door?


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Ya 6x8s are factory. The back story on this truck is a bit strange and I'm still piecing it together, but I got a great deal on the truck, so whatever. Anyway, when I got the truck there were no rear speakers and the front 2 were pretty well blown. I actually got some real cheap ones because I couldn't afford to get the ones I wanted at the time, but these turned out to be awesome. They are the Pioneer TS-A6874R. got all 4 speakers for $107 shipped to my door.
 

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Lookin' good man!
 

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Oh, and i did forget to mention, with the new sub and speakers, the doors rattled like crazy! Added cheap man's dynamat (Peel&Seal) to the front doors and the rear pillars and it made a huge difference. I still need to do the rear doors and possibly spray some Quiet Kote (basically rubber in a can) in the doors to dampen the outer door skins and she should be super quiet.

Something I do recommend for EVERY truck (and I will be helping my dad do this on his 2012 EcoBoost F150 soon), latex tubing in the door seals. I now have no wind noise, and I actually can hardly hear my engine at idle or cruising down the highway now!
 

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Got my blackstone report in today. (They labeled it incorrectly as a 6.0, but I have emailed them to correct his). Keep in mind this was on dino from the dealership and I had only deleted the DPF/DOC in late January. The EGRs didn't get deleted until late February. Any ideas why my sodium and aluminum levels are high? And should I be concerned?

 

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Got my blackstone report in today. (They labeled it incorrectly as a 6.0, but I have emailed them to correct his). Keep in mind this was on dino from the dealership and I had only deleted the DPF/DOC in late January. The EGRs didn't get deleted until late February. Any ideas why my sodium and aluminum levels are high? And should I be concerned?

Well it sounds like coolant is getting into your oil which could mean a cavitated front cover. They also seem to think you may have a head gasket problem.
 

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So what causes the front cover cavitation? How do I fix it? And how concerned should I be? As far as HG problem, I guess I should think about head studs sooner than I was planning. Maybe I'll back down the tune to the low 200s and see of I can post pone that til I can better afford it. Other than just tearing apart my truck, how can I tell if I have a HG issue?
 

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So what causes the front cover cavitation? How do I fix it? And how concerned should I be? As far as HG problem, I guess I should think about head studs sooner than I was planning. Maybe I'll back down the tune to the low 200s and see of I can post pone that til I can better afford it. Other than just tearing apart my truck, how can I tell if I have a HG issue?
DTS Articles - Cavitation Erosion

The above article is about cavitiation. If you dont have the money now for head gaskets and studs i would back the tune way down and drive conservatively. The best way to test the head gaskets is pressure test the cooling system. Or you could buy a block check. For cavitiation, if thats the problem, you are going to have to get the front cover replaced. Then i would flush the system and go with a cat rated ELC coolant.
 

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Did some googling, looks like the front cover cavitation is a common issue and there seems to be an old design and a new design (with an extra tab). Does anyone know what the TSB that replaced the cover was? I'm gonna go by the dealership tonight and talk with them. Hopefully I won't have to fight them on a possible warranty issue since I am deleted with no EGR (since this seems to be a common issue and is completely unrelated).
 

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I dont know anything about the TSB but i would recommend a flush and fill with a CAT ELC. Proper coolant system maintenance is the key to avoiding cavitation.
 

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I check my nitrates every month or so and the coolant always seems fine, only reason I ask about the TSB is that I found that the front cover is a common problem and there are 2 types of covers. The old one that seems to cavitate and a new design with a tab that is suppose to eliminate the cavitating.
 

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Sorry bro i dont know the tsb number. I do know there is a revised front cover that is supposed to help with cavitation.
 

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well went by the dealership and there are no TSBs, but my service manager said that it should be covered under engine warranty. He said he would need a few days with the truck to actually diagnose it (as he needs to actually take the cover off to tell if it is cavitating).

On a good note, I was up front with him and told him I have the EGR and DPF deleted, and asked if that was an issue, and he said no, it would be unrelated to the cavitation, so he wouldn't even mention it in any report. He said that the dealership is very mod friendly because we live in a county that doesn't do diesel emissions (or emissions of any kind actually) and that they actually install stuff like that at the shop.
 

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well went by the dealership and there are no TSBs, but my service manager said that it should be covered under engine warranty. He said he would need a few days with the truck to actually diagnose it (as he needs to actually take the cover off to tell if it is cavitating).

On a good note, I was up front with him and told him I have the EGR and DPF deleted, and asked if that was an issue, and he said no, it would be unrelated to the cavitation, so he wouldn't even mention it in any report. He said that the dealership is very mod friendly because we live in a county that doesn't do diesel emissions (or emissions of any kind actually) and that they actually install stuff like that at the shop.
Something that I have learned recently is the Degas bottle caps have been failing on these trucks that could lead to cavitation erosion. Check out the video.
 
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