Join Date: Jan 2010
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I'm a little late to the party with my 2 cents, but I'm "bulletproofing" my 6.0L now. At 122K miles I blew my EGR cooler, which was evident by the white billowing smoke from my exhaust and confirmed by the coolant in my Y pipe and intake manifold. These are the repairs I have done and those I am in the middle of doing in chronological order. (It may not be the best order, but it worked for me):
Superchips Flashpaq, used and unlocked for $200 (but I'll be upgrading to a SCT X3)
4" Dynamax exhaust, about $550-600 from NAPA
Blue Spring upgrade, $60 from Tousley Ford (easy 45m upgrade)
EGR Cooler and Oil Cooler Kit, $2200 from Bulletproof Diesel
ARP Stud Kit with all the injector ORings, $1089 from Bulletproof Diesel
Professional Kit (HPOP upgrade, turbo drain upgrade, oil pump switch, misc orings, gaskets, filters, etc) $220, from Bulletproof Diesel - spent so much at BPD they gave me a free jacket.
Waterpump with CNC aluminum impeller, $250 from Bulletproof Diesel (this one you don't have to do, I just didn't want it going out after a coolant flush and end up wasting all the money on new coolant)
Once its back together I'll do a coolant flush for about $100 (water, Restore, coolant, Fumoto valves, etc) and install a coolant filter for about $170. I have the typical rough start in cold weather, but I think a FICM reflash will take care of this.
I am fortunate enough to have a place to work on my truck with a lift, so I pulled the cab to do it all and did the labor myself. I will have about $5000 into "bulletproofing" my truck when I'm done...until I blow something else up on it.
Bare in mind, I'm pretty new at this and am, by no means, a mechanic. There are certain to be some differing opinions on this forum, but if you budget for about $5000 in parts and a few more $$ in labor you will have a pretty nice truck.
Keep reading this forum. There is a lot of great information on here, but if you're doing the work yourself you may also want to purchase a service manual ($180 on Amazon). You can find most of the manual here and there on this forum, but its convenient to have one on your workbench.
I was told not to buy a 6.0L when I bought mine, but despite the drawbacks its one fine truck. Good luck.
2006 F350 6.0L Lariat Crew Cab Long Box FX4
SuperChips Flashpaq / SCT X3
DynaMax Turbo Back Exhaust
3.5" Level Kit with 35"s on 18" Helo
Blue Spring upgrade
BulletProof Diesel EGR
BulletProof Diesel Oil Cooler
Ranchhand Grille Guard w/ Smittybilt Winch
One Partridge in a Pear Tree