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Old 03-31-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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Our Sunny hauler is back!

Drove down and picked it up yesterday! With it needing a break-in period, I took the slow way home and not the interstate.. That added quite a bit of time to our trip home. The shop that did the work, was 64 miles away. $1,561.44 out of the checking account was a bit difficult to swallow, but I know it won't go out while towing Sunny!

I changed the oil in it today and gave it a good grease job. I also swapped out the slider hitch, for a standard one. The slider weighed twice as much, so I got a standard one. Also put the 5th wheel tailgate back on!


Let the camping season begin!
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Awesome! So how long is the break in period? No interstate?
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He said to take it easy for a couple hundred miles.. As of right now, it's got 170 on it since we picked it up...
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Cool, did you get my PM? Can you give me a ring when you get a second? Thinking about making the drive your way for the awning arm, possibly tomorrow... Last piece to the puzzle!
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Don't feel bad Gary. My truck is in the shop right now. Total bill will be between $3,000 and $3500. Had a small issue but decided while they had half the engine torn apart, I would have it made bulletproof. Had a bunch of updated parts put in. Mechanic called today and said I've got a good 6.0 and with the updated parts I should bump the horsepower up 100 - 150 hp. I think I'll wait to see how the truck runs with just the new parts before deciding if I want to add a tuner.
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Don't feel bad Gary. My truck is in the shop right now. Total bill will be between $3,000 and $3500. Had a small issue but decided while they had half the engine torn apart, I would have it made bulletproof. Had a bunch of updated parts put in. Mechanic called today and said I've got a good 6.0 and with the updated parts I should bump the horsepower up 100 - 150 hp. I think I'll wait to see how the truck runs with just the new parts before deciding if I want to add a tuner.
I really feel for you!

Did your mechanic do the EGR cooler delete on your truck?

Also, I've never heard anything good coming from putting a tuner in a 6.0... I haven't been on the diesel forums much lately, so I don't know how the 6.0's are doing with the newer tunes.

If you do decide to get a tuner, it would be best to give DP tuner a call. You will most likely talk to Jody (The owner) and he will ask lots of questions about your truck. His tuners are top notch and so is their customer service!
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Don't feel bad Gary. My truck is in the shop right now. Total bill will be between $3,000 and $3500. Had a small issue but decided while they had half the engine torn apart, I would have it made bulletproof. Had a bunch of updated parts put in. Mechanic called today and said I've got a good 6.0 and with the updated parts I should bump the horsepower up 100 - 150 hp. I think I'll wait to see how the truck runs with just the new parts before deciding if I want to add a tuner.
Wow Mike....

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  • bill between $3,000 and $3500
  • Had a small issue
  • had half the engine torn apart
  • have it made bulletproof
  • a bunch of updated parts put in
  • horsepower up 100 - 150 hp

What was the "small" issue and how did they get 150 hp out of it?

Ouch on the cost but gaining 150hp.... That is a lot.

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Gary,

Glad to hear the truck is back. The cost hurts but being iffy on the power train system sooner or later would of got ya. Now you know you have a good sound setup.

I lost track, is the new Sunny hauler a long bed? Any issues with the standard hitch turning? On edit I see your sig, it's a long bed.
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Well it started out with a $60 stc fitting. That involved removing a lot of things to get to the high pressure oil pump located in the valley between the heads. So I had oil cooler, dummy plugs, stand pipes replaced. EGR cooler deleted. Coolant filter added. Fuel pressure regulator and banjo bolts upgraded. Fuel injectors tested (all checked good). So all known high pressure oil problems and fuel pressure problems have been eliminated. Mechanic said engine should be good for 500,000 miles. It took some searching, but this mechanic only works on 7.3 and 6.0 powerstroke diesels.
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I really feel for you!

Did your mechanic do the EGR cooler delete on your truck?

Also, I've never heard anything good coming from putting a tuner in a 6.0... I haven't been on the diesel forums much lately, so I don't know how the 6.0's are doing with the newer tunes.

If you do decide to get a tuner, it would be best to give DP tuner a call. You will most likely talk to Jody (The owner) and he will ask lots of questions about your truck. His tuners are top notch and so is their customer service!
x2 on everything. I saw that and figured it was EGR delete/studs. Are you doing ARP studs?

I haven't read much on the 6.0, but the little bit I have heard seems to say that decent results come from tuning a 6.0 once it has been studded. Apparently it's about as strong as a 7.3 once that's done.

I also have heard good things about the DP and Jody. I don't know if they're as amazing for the 6.0 as they are the 7.3, but I'm sure Jody will say. I plan to go with a DP when I get my big pile of scrap turned into something.
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Mechanic said engine should be good for 500,000 miles. It took some searching, but this mechanic only works on 7.3 and 6.0 powerstroke diesels.

With everything you had done, especially the EGR cooler delete, you should really have a "Bullet proof" 6.0!

If this guy only works on 6.0's and 7.3's, he should definitely know what he's doing! I'm sure he could probably do an EGR cooler delete in his sleep!
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I went to see this guy before I agreed to let him work on it. I wanted to make sure he wasn't some shade tree mechanic. I was shocked to see how clean his garage was. He even has his own Ford IDS computer. He told me he is more advanced than the Ford dealers when it comes to the 7.3 and 6.0 And the best thing is he only charges $45 hr
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