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Old 12-12-2013, 08:41 AM   #21
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I have a 6.0 in my F250. Oil coolers in these do get clogged. Some believe it to be because of the additives in the Ford Gold coolant. Go to the Ford Truck Enthusiast forum and you can learn everything you need to know about the 6.0 (and any other Ford truck for that matter). I had my EGR deleted, new oil cooler, new stand pipes, new dummy plugs and installed a coolant filter. Had the coolant flushed and refilled with some Extended life coolant which does not contain any additives that could clog up the oil cooler. Also updated the fuel pressure spring (blue spring). This was a total of around $2300. At this point, I have a very reliable truck. If I were to do some other modifications to make this truck a hot rod, then studs are a necessity. Otherwise, my mechanic (who only works on Powerstroke diesels) says its not needed.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:19 AM   #22
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That's what my friend talked about, almost word-for-word.
Also just got this;
"The stock bottom end of a 6.0 will only maintain about 580HP. If he's going that crazy he needs to put the Ford factory "blue spring" in the fuel bowl. This will aid in boosting fuel pressure needed by an aggressive tune."
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:27 AM   #23
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The torque specs on the 6.0 is not done with torque, it'd done in degree.

Actually its a 3 step process and the proper way to do it is using a streach gauge. Because unless you have one of the newer high dollar torque wrenches with degree settings, you will not get it completely to spec, just close. Given the issues with torque to yeild bolts failure rates (likely due to being out of spec streach), every person I talk to that does lots of 6.0 work will only do it with a high dollar torque wrench with degree detection or prefreable a streach gauge so they can assure its to spec and do not get a come back.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:29 AM   #24
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The 'Blue Spring' upgrade apparently is needed to maintain correct fuel pressure as to not starve your injectors and cause major $$ repair. It's a cheap and easy mod. I did mine for under $65. The ARP head studs are an excellent idea IF the cab or the heads are coming off. Do it once and forget it. Then you have a nice wide array of tuner choices available without fear of lifting the heads and blowing out the gaskets. IMO, I would simply buy a ScanGauge II and monitor the entire system for under $160 before fixing a good running truck for $4,000 plus, but hell it's your money, spend it as you see fit. In any case, do the coolant filter mod. It's also cheap and easy.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:31 AM   #25
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Search the Ford 6.0 on the internet. Look at the Ford forums on the subject, read the law suits against ford. After all that decide for yourself if the heads are good or not. The oil cooler is overworked when it's asked to "also" cool the "exhaust" to be returned to the turbo charge...aka EGR. If it breaks..or I should say when it breaks the result can and in many cases become "catastrophic" causing an entire engine failure....and leaving you sitting a few hundred feet from your oil spatter on the interstate. I for one am taking preemptive measures to protect my truck, those who choose not to are taking a chance I'd rather not take. Big baron....as a fellow Johnny Carson fan, I appreciate your input! lol It's just that I have personally witnessed close friends who are very careful with the same truck as mine and have had "major" meltdowns as a result of the weaknesses in the 6.0. The tuner as I said earlier is NOT for performance...at least not to me. It's about tuning the engine for economy and being able to get the "boost" ford gave it for competition with other makes out of it's program unless I need it...saving fuel. The tuner also takes the place of the EGR signal and tells the computer all is well...even though it's gone. The tuner certainly gets a bad reputation for causing failures in these and other engines as it can "if you stupid enough" let the engine destroy itself. That's not my plan though...the tuner is for the proper "Navistar designed" operation of the 6.0 that runs around the country in most school buses today. I actually feel sorry for Ford, a great American motor company, who at the hands of the EPA is being put out of business with the other manufacturers by having to comply with it's ever increasing standards. BTW, fords new 6.4 has only been on the road a few years and has made that reputation turn around slightly. Just now coming to light however is another huge problem for them in that the new 6.4 is making oil! Yes, it's making oil! Apparently a new way to reduce emissions is to inject fuel at the end of the power stroke allegedly reducing emissions. Whats happening though is the unburned fuel is accumulating in the crankcase. This mechanic I'm using has drained the oil on a few of these trucks to find upwards of an extra two gallons in the crankcase. If you own a 6.0, you'd better read up on them and decide wether your going to fix it, or deal with it later....your choice, but when "it" decides when your going to do it is just not good to me.
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Actually its a 3 step process and the proper way to do it is using a streach gauge. Because unless you have one of the newer high dollar torque wrenches with degree settings, you will not get it completely to spec, just close. Given the issues with torque to yeild bolts failure rates (likely due to being out of spec streach), every person I talk to that does lots of 6.0 work will only do it with a high dollar torque wrench with degree detection or prefreable a streach gauge so they can assure its to spec and do not get a come back.
I do it in seven steps and has held up for me great.
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:57 PM   #27
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Long before the 6.0 engine was even something I paid attention to I lost all respect for TTY head bolts in racing, moved to ARP studs and never had an issue. and this was just semi high strung 4cyl VW motors. So when I heard about the TTY bolt issues related to the 6.0 and then a heck of a deal dropped in my lap, it was only logic that when properly tested positive for signs of head float we went directly to the studs, after all the heads where comming off anyway and who wants to chance having to do it again.
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Old 12-12-2013, 05:03 PM   #28
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The cab is off the truck....not long after this I got a call from the shop. The right side head gasket was nearly blown through from head lift...would never have made the trip alive! I'll get pics of that tomorrow. Only 65,000 miles of driving on this guys, and I baby it!



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Old 12-12-2013, 06:01 PM   #29
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And I complained changing plugs on my brothers v6 cutlass when they were still rear wheel drive. The last plug on the right side was a bear to get to. But look how much space there is "under" the hood of a powerstroke. Sweet.
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:40 AM   #30
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Here's another for you gluttons of punishment... LOL
$16,000 SUPERDUTY F-250! Man Truck!
Nice looking shop. Amazing about the gaskets.
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