I am in need of some suggestions/opinions concerning my truck's upcoming surgery at Bulletproof Diesel. The "Gallopin' Duck" is a 2005 F-350 King Ranch 6.0 I bought brand-new. There are 95K trouble free miles on it now; Edge with Attitude, 4" Magnaflow exhaust and an S&B intake...everything else engine-wise is stock. Coolant has been changed every two years and oil every 4K miles (lifetime oil change plan). Truck is nearly a daily driver with occasional pulling duty for 12K lb
. travel trailer and lesser loads from time to time. So far this is the plan for the truck:
-New headgaskets/ARP studs
-hardened valve seats and head surfaces trued
-Bulletproof's remote Oil cooler
-Coolant Bypass filtration-Dieselsite's bitch'n system
-Oil Bypass filtration-Amsoil
-Banks' Intellicooler intercooler and related plumbing
-revised and updated STC fitting for the HPOP
-revised oil rail plugs (2 of them; one for each rail)
-SCT programmer (the expensive bastard) to replace my Edge
-new V-belts and tensioner assembly for the main drive belt (she currently howls like the ex-wife when pulling hard up a hill...I know I shouldn't have made her pull hard up the hill. That's probably why there's X now in front of wife.)
-New all aluminum radiator from bulletproof
-a few heater hoses replaced that are difficult to get to when the cab is in place. Doing this simply as preventative maintenance.
Now for questions.
1) Is there a better intake than my 3 year old S&B intake? here is the link to what I have:
Intake w/ Cleanable Filter
2) Injectors in truck now are original stock and have given no indication of any problems. Should I replace them now due to mileage (95,000 mi.) or can I expect them to live for a lot longer? Replacing them now would mean zero additional labor cost as the stock injectors have to come out anyway for the head work.
3) What is the deal with "canned" tunes on the SCT tuner vs. custom tunes from, like, Tony Wildman or others? Is it worth the $$ for custom tunes or would canned ones that come with the SCT suit my needs just fine as I'm not pulling sleds, drag racing or otherwise letting my inner 17 year old out--too much.
4) Should I replace my stock harmonic damper with a stock one as preventative maintenance or upgrade to Fluidamper or other aftermarket brand or leave the F*&#%@ alone?
5) Is there anything else one should do to the truck or engine (high and low pressure oil pumps, seals, gears, or whatever else goes wrong) to save problems, improve performance etc while the cab is off and the top of the engine is eviscerated? As mentioned, I'm not looking to build a Bahn-stormer.
6) Do you agree/disagree with plan of attack?
I welcome your thoughts and opinions. I know my limitations in knowledge with diesels and I sit at a bench too uninformed (C string bench as it were) to cover all contingencies so that is where your experience and wisdom comes in. Let's hear it!