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I've used this forum for many years just for reading and learning in regards to various Powerstroke Wildland Fire Engines that I was the operator of during my career as a Wildland Firefighter, but finally decided to make myself a profile since I finally inherited the truck I was supposed to have from the start. I have a 2006 F-250 King Ranch FX4 with 69,000 mi on it. Nope the mileage isn't a joke, my mom (it was her truck before she passed away last year) believed in low mileage on her vehicles and never quite got that you don't "hardly ever" drive a diesel (4 turbos later). Anyways, everything engine wise is stock, and I'm not looking to delete it or tune it to death per say, just wanting to do things like putting a better than stock turbo on it, different tires and suspension (all things in time) and stuff like that. It has a 4" lift on it, 18s with 33s and goes off road or in rough country often living in West Texas. I will be hauling a horse trailer from time to time, but not as an everyday thing. Regardless, I'm glad to be here and learn everything I can for maximum enjoyment and longevity of my truck.
 

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Welcome to the forum from a fellow Texan. Sounds like you've got a real Gem. We're glad to have you here.

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Thank you! Yep, its a good truck, I've been the one in charge of maintenance for most of its life, so I'm pretty blessed to know the history on it, I got lucky no doubt!
 

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:ORG welcome:
sounds like you got a sweetheart of a truck.
as to a turbo upgrade get with kc turbos but it sounds like a stage one would do you beautifully.
also i recommend either deleting or getting a BPD egr cooler on that thing.
the later model egr coolers wee disaster prone.
check out the stickies read the bulletproofing and monitoring threads decide what you think will best suit your needs and design your mod list from there
my two cents and hey you asked :D
 
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Thanks, and I will definitely check out those threads. Glad to see you mention the KC Stage 1 Turbo, that's actually the one I'm wanting after a long time of careful consideration. Everyday it seems like I'm finding something else to add to the list of things I want to do to my truck (I guess there's gonna be a lot of overtime in my future) but I see it as an investment for longevity in the long term and I'm not one to abuse my truck. After going through a nightmare with a 6.0l F-550 Wildland Engine and catastrophic failure, I'm definitely wanting to Bulletproof my personal truck early on. I appreciate your 2 cents and will be doing my share of reading (and I'm sure asking questions) to build that once in a lifetime mod list!
 

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Welcome from the Texas Hill Country. I was a member of the Mico VFD (Medina County) for 12 years and as a rural firefighter saw mostly wildfires. Take care during the heat of the summer and stay safe!
 

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Thanks y'all, glad to see so many fellow Texans on here! And equally as glad to be here and learn all I can to turn my truck into the reliable beast I want it to be! Everyday it's like I come up with something else I want to do with her.
 

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Thanks, and I will definitely check out those threads. Glad to see you mention the KC Stage 1 Turbo, that's actually the one I'm wanting after a long time of careful consideration. Everyday it seems like I'm finding something else to add to the list of things I want to do to my truck (I guess there's gonna be a lot of overtime in my future) but I see it as an investment for longevity in the long term and I'm not one to abuse my truck. After going through a nightmare with a 6.0l F-550 Wildland Engine and catastrophic failure, I'm definitely wanting to Bulletproof my personal truck early on. I appreciate your 2 cents and will be doing my share of reading (and I'm sure asking questions) to build that once in a lifetime mod list!
there are a ton of good people here who are happy to help when you get stuck :thumb:

as to the long list of mods...
I have had my truck for 7 years and i am probably no where near done yet. i still may even change the direction of my build a few more times before i am done
 
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John, I do have a question for you. Since I am wanting to Bulletproof my truck, can I do it in stages? And if so what are the best areas to start with?

Glad to know the list of mods will be an ongoing thing, I'm a perfectionist, and it's safe to say I'm addicted! Lol
 

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I'll jump in and say the EGR delete or the OEM oil cooler. If your still running the gold coolant do the cooler first and I'd recommend the BPD air to oil cooler.

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I'll jump in and say the EGR delete or the OEM oil cooler. If your still running the gold coolant do the cooler first and I'd recommend the BPD air to oil cooler.

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Thanks! Yeah I'm definitely still running the gold coolant, had to top it off today as a matter of fact. I will look into the pricing on the BPD Air to Oil Cooler and start budgeting appropriately to save and get that done. Any recommendations as to whether to get the standard duty or heavy duty one? Not really wanting to get it deleted per say, just bulletproofing in the long run.
 

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Mine has the heavy duty one with the BPD filter on it but, with a price tag over $2000 you may want to look at other options. They have a standard duty with the OEM filter for just over $1700. If you don't delete the EGR you may want to look into the BPD EGR.

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Mine has the heavy duty one with the BPD filter on it but, with a price tag over $2000 you may want to look at other options. They have a standard duty with the OEM filter for just over $1700. If you don't delete the EGR you may want to look into the BPD EGR.

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Yeah, Pricing it out for the heavy duty one it comes out over $2,700 with the cold weather package and everything else added but it says the heavy duty one is also better for hot climates. Living in the Texas Panhandle it gets both extremely hot in the summer and extremely cold in the winter here so while the cost for the heavy duty one is much greater, I almost wonder if that would be my best choice in the long run. Thoughts?

Also I will def look into the BPD EGR, to me the most important thing is longevity, I'd rather spend a bit more preemptive preventative money as I have it than my truck have a cataclysmic meltdown later that I truly won't be able to afford.:smile2:
 

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You're right on track! You'll spend the money one way or another. Better to feed the beast on your schedule as opposed to when the 6.0 gods decide.

As for the cooler, I haven't been in the market for a while but $2700 seems high. Is that install cost as well? Seems like they were just over 2K last time I looked. However I think you can do the HD cooler without doing the filter relocate and save some cash.

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You're right on track! You'll spend the money one way or another. Better to feed the beast on your schedule as opposed to when the 6.0 gods decide.

As for the cooler, I haven't been in the market for a while but $2700 seems high. Is that install cost as well? Seems like they were just over 2K last time I looked. However I think you can do the HD cooler without doing the filter relocate and save some cash.

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My thoughts exactly, we all know the 6.0 gods can be very inconvenient and finicky lol.

So For roughly $2800 it included the HD Air to Oil Cooler, EGR Cooler, and Cold Weather Package, no install because its straight from BPDs website, its the full HD upgrade. So I guess that would cover all the initial equipment I would really need to do right away correct?
 

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Ok, I'm not sure what the cold weather package is. It sounds gimmicky to me.

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Looks like it sets oil temp to 180 before it circulated through the cooler when it’s cold. Basically like a thermostat for your oil cooler. Wondering if it’s worth it seeing as how our lows at night are anywhere from the teens to well below zero?
 
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