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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-05-2011, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Need help on decision from 6.0 owners

Well, after searching and searching for a 7.3L that doesn't have 200,000 miles or more I'm looking at other options. I've begun looking at 03-04 6.0's and wonder if I'm making the right choice (don't have the budget for at 08-up).

So far I've looked at an 03 King Ranch and an 04 Lariat. I ruled out the King Ranch after finding the rear bench did not have belts for the middle seat. I liked the 04, had a Banks 6-gun installed; no intake, exhaust, or gauges. After noticing this, first thing I did was lift the hood and pull the overflow reservoir cap; sure enough oil in the coolant. I've found a couple more I'm interested in within an 1-1/2 hrs from me but I'm wondering if I'll have the same results.

From my research, worst case scenario, to SAFELY run with a "Hot" tune I'll need a complete EGR delete, new improved oil cooler, head gaskets, and head studs (around $2500-$2600 in parts alone). I know several members are flogging their trucks without studs but I'm certain the thought of blown headgaskets is lingering in the back of your mind everytime you step on the loud pedal.

I definitely don't want to run around in a stock format 6.0 and need members input on what their doing to keep these motors together.

For all you long term 6.0 owners out there what should I do? Continue my search for a 7.3 or take a chance on a 6.0 with a good Oasis and owner report?

I apologize for the book but would like to hear input from everyone.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-05-2011, 09:12 PM
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Get a good oasis and from reading on here the 05 and up seem to be a little better There's also a thread on here on what to look for when buying a 6.0
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Find one with the mods of studs and egr mods
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Re: Need help on decision from 6.0 owners

Are studs and EGR mods it? That is what I want to hear from members. What mods is everyone performing to combat all these problems? Does a guy need all of the EGR mods, oil cooler, head studs and gaskets for 450 - 500 horsepower? I've been around 7.3's for a long time, fairly new to 6L, looking for thoughts???

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Shortly after we bought our 04, our first tow showed signs of HG failure. Did the arp's and all the mods slowly over time in my sig. Truck has run like a top and have had very few issues(alternator). I'd say at a minimum for long term piece of mind hg's and egr delete. Then update the truck as time and money allow..


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If you can swing it, try to find an 05. The coil sprung front suspension is worth. Other than that, good luck with the search.
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egr delete.....oil cooler rebuild...coolant filter...head studs and head gaskets...that should be a good start to keep the thing running strong.....make sure the heads are flat and have no cracks when doing head gaskets.
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It took a little coin but I love my truck.

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Re: Need help on decision from 6.0 owners

What part of IN are you in? I'm trying to sell my '03 F-250 CCSB 4x4.. New studs and gaskets going in next week. PM if you are interested.

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