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.