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Old 02-01-2014, 06:28   #1 (permalink)
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7.3, 6.0 and or 6.4????

Hello all, I and my family are on the verge of going on the road for the work i do. We are 4 and 2 pets so we will be getting a 5th wheel. So i will be looking for a 350 dually. I am looking for some outside assistance in a purchase. In my mind 7.3s are the best but dated. From what i know getting a 6.0 or 6.4 and ripping egr and dpf out are the best thing to do for engine life. I dont want to buy something used and turn around and have a huge repair bill right away. I drive an 09 550 for work and have had it since it was new and my co has dumped lots of $ into it. Had to replace the motor ar 150k. Not sure if this was because of emissions or not.
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Re: 7.3, 6.0 and or 6.4????

There is a diesel forum link on the left of the page. You might want to check it out. Personally I would get the 7.3 but it's older like you said. The 6.0 might be good if you do a few things to it. You can usually find them at a pretty good price.
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My suggestion is the 6.0. I woul never recommend the 6.4. And yes the 7.3 is dated. The 6.0 is a good motor if repaired properly and repaired properly. I do not recommend an egr delete for the 6.0. It is not necessary. Fix the reason the cooler fails. Also look for one with good maint history and reputable repair shop that did the work.


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I love the 6.0l tons of power easy to work on and the diagnostic data you can get from it is unreal. Fix the few weak areas and us Ford techs suggest you drive it hard not like a grocery getter then everything cokes up. Then just keep up on the maintenance like any good diesel owner and there won't be problems.
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Yes it looks like it will be a 6.0. I dont want to put the $ down for the 7.3 I was wanting. So I will be moving up to the 6.0. I found a dealer in NC (lake norman motor) that can get me a 6.0 that has been bulletproofed or will bulletproof it for me.

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Glad to hear it. Again just be careful on the "bulletproof ing". There really is no such thing. If not taken care of it will all fail again.


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Glad to hear it. Again just be careful on the "bulletproof ing". There really is no such thing. If not taken care of it will all fail again.


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I know there is always weakness. Im not looking to drag race just reliability towing a 5th wheel. He had stated studs, egr delete (or bulletproof), and dpf delete. So that would be a good start. He also explained to me that 1 of the big problems with the 6.0 is that it came from the factory with max power and individuals adding programs and chips and uping that power would cause alot of the head problems. Dont know if this is true.

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Not necessarily. Plenty if reliable power. Seen more problems with EGR deletes. Most of those are way more problematic than just a tune in general. Usually either have coolant leaks or like to crack the turbo inlet pipes. The EGR system is not a bad system. If deleted can actually cover up a faulty oil cooler( depending on the factory tune level due to oil temp protection built into latest tune). Just not a fan of deletes for those in general. Fix it and it works fine. Good luck with the new ride anyway. Let us know if any help needed with it. Oh and only use ford oil filters and make sure it's a ford cap.


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