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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-28-2010, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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manual transmission friendly tuning for 05 6.0

I want to start out by saying that I know very little about the 6.0's which is the reason why I need some help. I need recommendations where to find tunes for a friend's truck. His truck is a six speed, six litre, bone stock, crew cab, long bed F350. Its a beautiful truck but it will not get out of its own way.

The owner wants to put a tune on it, but I don't want to see him have egr problems or headgasket issues. I believe he only wants a small tune to help it get up to speed a little faster.


I want to recommend a safe tuner, maybe something that has digital guages, but doesn't cost much over 300 to 400 dollars. That being said, I would hate to see him cheap out and have problems later with his cooling system.

I would like to see him buy an SCT from Innovative but I don't think they will be in his "price range". How much does a Livewire setup usually cost from Eric with a custom tune or two.

I guess we could always look into a used Banks setup for a cheap, reliable, small boost in power, but again I want to see him get something as safe as possible for the notorious six leaker.

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Re: manual transmission friendly tuning for 05 6.0

be careful of one thing...

...I put an SCT xcal II on mine...and toasted the clutch in 12 miles...the stock clutch couldn't hold the power...I upgraded to a SouthBend clutch.
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be careful of one thing...

...I put an SCT xcal II on mine...and toasted the clutch in 12 miles...the stock clutch couldn't hold the power...I upgraded to a SouthBend clutch.
Another good point. I have already made him aware of that possiblilty. I think he just wants a little better throttle response without being too touchy, and a power boost without breaking anything.

His truck is such a dog, it has to be detuned a lot because I have driven a few other stock 6.0's with autos, and none of them run like this turd.

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Re: manual transmission friendly tuning for 05 6.0

then tell him to leave it alone....or tell him to expect thing to happen....there is no middle....even stock trucks fail...

...mind as well pump up the power....hope for the best...and have fun with it.
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then tell him to leave it alone....or tell him to expect thing to happen....there is no middle....even stock trucks fail...

...mind as well pump up the power....hope for the best...and have fun with it.

I know you are trying to help, but I am aware that #### happens and things break, even on stock rigs.

I am just saying a 40-60 horse towing tune shouldn't mess up too much and the clutch should hold it for the most part. Hes not trying to drive around on 40's and stock gearing.

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Re: manual transmission friendly tuning for 05 6.0

ive ran the banks had it on for about 20k miles before i saw the light and switched to sct.. have had the sct running either x-race or x-street for the last 30k miles with the exception of when im towing. still running stock clutch.. tank just doesnt know how to drive a standard that well.. but as he mentioned if you play you take a chance to PAY!!! but it is definitely worth the chances

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Well if your friend only has $400 to play with tell him to save up his money alittle longer. That way he can get a nice tuner with some custom tunes, exhaust and some gauges to monitor everything.

You wouldn't believe how many people start out with "I just want alittle better throttle response and passing power" that end up blowing their sh!t up.


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Well if your friend only has $400 to play with tell him to save up his money alittle longer. That way he can get a nice tuner with some custom tunes, exhaust and some gauges to monitor everything.

You wouldn't believe how many people start out with "I just want alittle better throttle response and passing power" that end up blowing their sh!t up.
No, he is a cheap azz, he doesn't even want to buy gauges. I recommended that he just leave it stock, until I drove the truck and realized that it is really as slow as he said it was. It is almost dangerous to drive because it won't get up to speed worth a damn. You pretty much hold it to the floor and shift and repeat until you reach the desired speed. Not fun to drive at all.

He cut the muffler out of it, and it doesn't even have the normal 6.0 cackle. Its just too mellow.

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No, he is a cheap azz, he doesn't even want to buy gauges. I recommended that he just leave it stock, until I drove the truck and realized that it is really as slow as he said it was. It is almost dangerous to drive because it won't get up to speed worth a damn. You pretty much hold it to the floor and shift and repeat until you reach the desired speed. Not fun to drive at all.

He cut the muffler out of it, and it doesn't even have the normal 6.0 cackle. Its just too mellow.
Sounds like it's time to drain the coolant, do a few highway row boat pulls and put it out of its misery.


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did he take the cat off as well or just the muffler

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