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Recommendations For F350

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Hello all,

I recently received my Father's 2006 F350 4x4 four door longbed after his passing. He gifted me this truck in his will and I am looking for recommendations as to bullet proofing it (to a degree). The truck is bone stock and is the creampuff guys dream of finding. Bought new by my Dad in 2006 and has had the oil/filter changed religiously every 3000 miles since day one. He has all the receipts for the coolant flushes and PH tests (also done religiously) as well as various transmission, brake line, power steering flushes and refills. The truck has just turned 90k miles and 1996 hours on the engine.

I would like to know what I should be thinking of doing to keep this truck in the immaculate shape it is already in. I am aware of the EGR/Oil cooler coolant PH issues and am on the fence concerning an EGR delete/tuner or an upgraded cooler. Also considering changing out the what seems like tiny exhaust for a larger pipe from the turbo back. I rather doubt I will do a head stud replacement anytime soon as I have no means of lifting the cab to do so, and I am not sure I would want to pay the expense of having it done by a shop.

I was very impressed at the results of my friend who did a an EGR/Cat delete, exhaust upgrade and tuner on his 07 Ram 2500 Cummins. The power and acceleration is rediculous. That being said, I am not looking to increase boost and run the snot out of this truck. My Dad warned about not doing so, as the over torqued head studs from the factory and high boost sounds like a recipe for disaster. Just maybe let it breath a little better, increase the power a bit, most hopefully, get a few more MPG's out of it, and eliminate the EGR/Oil cooler failure.

So anyway, I would like to get the advice of the hive as to what the consensus says I should do to this truck considering my goals. And yes the boat and cabover Lance camper (barely visible under the pole barn) came with it. It is truly a blessing by Dad to me.

Thanks in advance.
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I did run into what TooManyToys was referring to.......I get now what he was driving at.
I am still going to let my turbo cool down after running it hard prior to shutting it down...because it makes perfectly good mechanical sense to do so, and there is no good reason not to.

"Early 6.0L Powerstroke trucks also suffer from a poor oil drain tube. The collection of oil in the turbocharger can result in the oil cooking. This has been the root cause of many all-out turbocharger failures in the 6.0L Powerstrokes. Ford gave ’06 and ’07 models an improved oil drain tube, resulting in drastically less turbo failures."
Ok here's old school from the 60's and up, running ANY engine hard and shutting it off immediately will cause issues. Been driving semi's for almost 50 years, I always let it cool off a couple of minutes after a long run to let things cool off. I change the oil regularly as required. I change the cooling system regularly as required. I've worn out 5 engines without a major mechanical failure. I don't not drive them like a dragster. I run them like it's coming out of my pocket which it is. Turbos fail along with all the other goodies but my average age for an engine is 1,000,000. Most have been CAT's but now I can't get them new anymore so I doubt that is going to happen anymore.
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