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Upgrades and Aftermarket - 6.0L Engine Upgrading or adding OEM or aftermarket equipment to your 2003-Up Super Duty or Excursion with 6.0L Power Stroke diesel engine. Please confine discussion of topics in this forum to those items that are specific to the 6.0L Power Stroke engine.

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Old 11-15-2012, 03:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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6.0 Preventative Upgrades

Question for the always helpful users of this forum:

I have an '07 6.0 with right at 60,000 miles. Had the thing since new and only had a rear main oil seal issue that was completed under warranty. Only upgrades thus far are a Banks Cold Air and MBRP 4" Turbo Back. I like to think that the 6.0 problems were largely addressed when the '07s hit. But, are there any upgrades that I should consider putting on the truck to keep it running smoothly as the years tack on? My diesel tech advises no upgrades as he runs by the philosophy of: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." But, with all the 6.0 bulletproof products out there I constantly wonder if I need to look into one.

*This truck is not a daily driver, rather a Sunday driver. Does not tow other than the occassional trip to the lake. Also, I plan on keeping this truck, so I am thinking of upgrades that will aid to the longevity of the truck.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A cheap and easy one is adding a coolant filter kit. It will prevent your oil cooler and EGR cooler (if you still have it) from clogging.

On a related note, doing and EGR delete can save you some trouble. I have a friend with an '04 6.0L and he replaced the EGR cooler twice. The 3rd time he went with a delete kit.

If you want to drop coin because you plan to add power, the head studs and gaskets are important.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would do the Coolant filter upgrade, I currently have my truck at the Ford Service Center for the last 13 days having the oil cooler and EGR cooler replaced and the engine flushed. I only have 45,000 miles on it and I do not tow any thing, mostly off roading. After getting my truck back I will be installing a coolant filter.
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You have the best mechanic!He's right.Thats what I go by,"If it ain't broke don't fix it".IMO to many guys spend way to much money on these trucks for no reason changing parts that haven't even broke yet.I don't get it...

I have an 07 too that I bought new.The dealer said that I too needed a new rear main seal.I said no thanks,Your not tearing my new truck apart.In the end the oil dried up many miles ago and has never been a problem too this day.

I ended up putting a coolant filter on my truck and have gone through many filters never to find anything in them.

If I was in your shoes I would go ahead and just buy a coolant filter because its cheap insurance for the coolers.After that,Drive it and enjoy...I wouldn't do anything else to it unless it breaks.
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Get gauges. They will allow you to see a host of tings that could prevent a relatively small issue from becoming a very large issue (ie oil cooler plugging, weak FICM or low fuel pressure ruining injectors, etc).

The 2007's still had some issues to watch -
- weak STC fitting (even though they 07's probably had the bracket installed
- poor longevity from the dummy plug o-rings and the standpipes
- weak design on the EGR cooler
- some had issues with weak fuel pressure regulator springs.
- Weak soldering and some weak components on the FICM

The cool;ant filter is a great addition, but if you have issues, it is not the total solution. Most coolant filters are only bypass filters (filtering a portion of the total flow).

Take care of all of these and you will have a great truck.
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I hope you can drive it more than twice on Sunday. Too nice a truck to just sit. I hope the long term sitting doesn't cause issues. I for one say drive that beast and love the 6.0L!!
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Number one upgrade is a gauge that can read the OBDII datastream, Then, monitor ECT, EOT, and FICM. Install the fuel pressure spring upgrade. Next is keep the batteries up to date, make sure they are staying charged. Next is stay on top of routine maintenance. If it was me I would put the stock air filter back on. My truck came with an AFE cold air intake kit, and intake air temps dropped quite a bit when I put the stock filter back in.

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