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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-05-2017, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Is it safe to run a programmer with my stock 6.0?

This is my first diesel so please forgive me if I sound very ignorant to anything I'm saying/asking. I just got this a few weeks ago and I love it. 100k miles on it and it's mostly stock other than the blue spring upgrade I installed to fix a fuel leak and I just got an EGR delete kit in the mail that I plan install on a warmer weekend. My question is: is it safe to run a programmer or tuner with a mostly stock 6.0? I know about the issues with them and I plan on addressing them before they become big issues, but as of now the engine runs, sounds, and just looks great. I honestly just want to be able to roll a little bit of coal, not too much, but some every now and then and want to do it with out hurting my truck. Anyone have the best info/tips on how to keep my truck healthy with being able to add some upgrades? Thank you!
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Re: Is it safe to run a programmer with my stock 6.0?

The exhaust gas temps are going to ride up on you very quickly without doing something about the stock exhaust system.
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Re: Is it safe to run a programmer with my stock 6.0?

So would giving it a straight pipe (just removing the cat and muffler) be a good idea?
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That's a good start.
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Re: Is it safe to run a programmer with my stock 6.0?

Great thanks! What else can I do to make sure my 6.0 stays in good condition? And what are the safest options to roll coal every once in a while on stock?
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Re: Is it safe to run a programmer with my stock 6.0?

Run proven tunes that aren't all out maximum HP. The 6.0 heats up fast. Oil temps climb and the transmission is marginally equipped to handle much more HP past stock at best.
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Re: Is it safe to run a programmer with my stock 6.0?

Would adding just a straight pipe make it smoke a little bit or do I need a programmer for that? Sorry Im extremely new to this
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Would adding just a straight pipe make it smoke a little bit or do I need a programmer for that? Sorry Im extremely new to this
Smoke is a function of unburnt fuel. You have to add fuel with a tuner and/or injectors.
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Re: Is it safe to run a programmer with my stock 6.0?

Not another one......

Sell it and buy a Cummins. Associate with that crowd if you look so highly upon smoking out everything...after all, that's their goal in life.

Don't get all butt hurt here either....you hop on and start asking about "rolling coal", you are setting yourself up to take a bashing.
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Re: Is it safe to run a programmer with my stock 6.0?

Yeah here in east central Illinois we have these 20 something wanna be "farmers" driving their daddy's Cummins with the mirrors fully extended, the bill on their IH cap rolled just right, a wad of chaw and rolling coal every chance they get.

Every once in awhile they drive by and ask me "Is that there truck got one of them sick sucky 6 O's man?"

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