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6.0 powerstroke chips good or bad?

 
tlperkins69
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Posted: 10/19/09 10:03 PM

I have heard that with the 6.0 powerstrokes mods and chips are bad for the engins. is that true? and what mods are good and what are bad?  

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jm4630
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Posted: 10/20/09 04:19 AM

Just like anything, to much of a good thing can be bad. If you get gauges, intake and exhaust, a good tuner with custom tunes and you will be fine. Then you can only do as much damage as you let your right foot do.  

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theSLEEPER.
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Posted: 10/20/09 07:20 AM

If you don't want to take a chance at hurting your motor, I wouldn't even crank it. LOL

But seriously. Good tuning from a custom tuner, with some safe tunes will be nice.  
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tlperkins69
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Posted: 10/20/09 01:31 PM

good point. thanks. just wondering  

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SmokenGun
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Posted: 10/20/09 01:53 PM

First, I would recommend reader about the 6.0L's problems (of which there are many) in diesel powers tech articles. The stock torque-to-yield head bolts will fail. Not if, WHEN. Even on a stock engine that’s towed with heavily. Vie heard that from many owners and mainly from "Powerstrokehelp.com". A shop that has worked with powerstroke for 15 years. Also, the EGR system on the 6.0L is a terrible design. It puts way to much heat in the coolant and engine. It will cause parts to fail with a big tune, even a mild tune. Problems with the 6.0L also compound quickly, head bolt failure will lead to lifted heads which leads to coolant in the engine and pistons cracking, etc.

I would follow diesel powers article ("6.0L powerstroke power recipes") on upgrading the 6.0L. If you get ARP or H-11 Head studs and delete the EGR, the 6.0L can be a very reliable engine and make good power. I would also recommend additional filtration for the oil and coolant.

So, to summarize. If you upgrades the 6.0L without being careful about it, it will come back to bite you. An intake, exhaust and tuner and you might have problems down the road, because of the tune. Anything beyond a small economy tune would put to much stress on the "sensetive" engine. Combine those things (intake, exhaust, tuner) with preventative longevity based upgrades like heads studs and EGR delete and you be fine.

The 6.0L is built to very precise tolerances, unlike the 7.3L which is MUCH stouter and shall we say flexible.

Id get on Powerstrokenation.com and ask some question in the 6.0L forums also.

Hope this helps.  
-97 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie SLT 5.9L 12-valve Cummins, 47RE, 4x4, 3:55's, CC, LB, KDP fixed, S&B intake, silencer ring gone, 4" straight-pipe exhaust, 4,000rpm GSK, 60lb. valve springs, #10 fuel plate, boost elbow, re-torqued stock head bolts, BD steering box stabilizer, Autometer boost, EGT, and trans. temp. gauges, AMSOIL full synthetic fluids, lots of other small stuff. 150,000 miles. Next: Fully built transmission (Goerend or Sun Coast).

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SmokenGun
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Posted: 10/20/09 01:54 PM

Ahh...I laughed at that. Which is the sad part, because with more than a few 6.0's its true Shocked  
-97 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie SLT 5.9L 12-valve Cummins, 47RE, 4x4, 3:55's, CC, LB, KDP fixed, S&B intake, silencer ring gone, 4" straight-pipe exhaust, 4,000rpm GSK, 60lb. valve springs, #10 fuel plate, boost elbow, re-torqued stock head bolts, BD steering box stabilizer, Autometer boost, EGT, and trans. temp. gauges, AMSOIL full synthetic fluids, lots of other small stuff. 150,000 miles. Next: Fully built transmission (Goerend or Sun Coast).

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tlperkins69
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Posted: 10/20/09 10:57 PM

thank you so much. that helps alot  

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