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Old 03-16-2015, 01:44 AM   #1
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Tow tunes

I have a tuner for my 2005 F350 6.0L I still have stock head studs and have read a lot of threads that say DO NOT use a tow tune with factory head studs especially if you are towing a lot of weight. Suggestions?
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I have a tuner for my 2005 F350 6.0L I still have stock head studs and have read a lot of threads that say DO NOT use a tow tune with factory head studs especially if you are towing a lot of weight. Suggestions?
The 6.0 unfortunately has more design problems than having not enough head bolts. They also have EGR and head gasket problems. And trucks that have been "chipped" seem to have more problems than trucks with stock ECU programs.

Many 6.0's are running on borrowed time, even stock. There again, many 6.0's have given good service. Unfortunately, engine failures are extremely expensive fixes. If someone's buying a 6.0 truck, the sales price needs to be so low that they can afford to repair the truck--if there are problems.

Many owners have gone on to bulletproof their engines, but there are factors such as how many miles does the truck have and how long are you going to keep the truck. Is it worth the investment?

I would suggest you investigate 6.0 problems on TheDieselStop.com.
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Even the Bullet proof ones fail!

I would suggest selling it and getting anything other than a 6.0 or 6.4 diesel Ford.
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Old 03-16-2015, 11:08 AM   #4
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I try not to rag on people's rigs, but that dang 6.0 cannot be bullet proofed. You can sure throw a lot of money at them though. An older Ford with the 7.3 would be a better choice.
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Old 03-16-2015, 11:26 AM   #5
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If your 6.0 is severing you well, I suggest you leave it alone. If you have to have more power get a newer, 2012 up, truck. They are towing beasts. I personally would not put a tuner on any truck I was towing with.
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Thanks for all the info. I think I will leave it stock!!
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Talking Boy did I read the title of this thread wrong.

When I saw the title "Tow tunes" my first through was people posting their favorite tunes to tow their rig by. Boy did I get that wrong.
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If your 6.0 is severing you well, I suggest you leave it alone. If you have to have more power get a newer, 2012 up, truck. They are towing beasts. I personally would not put a tuner on any truck I was towing with.

I figured I would put a tuner on my 11 HO RAM Dually but after towing our Mobile Suites and pulling 6% grades faster than I did with my 98 12V 300RWHP 750TQ towing 8K less weight I left it alone. Not worth loosing the warranty !
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When I saw the title "Tow tunes" my first through was people posting their favorite tunes to tow their rig by. Boy did I get that wrong.
Don't feel bad, I thought the same thing.
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Sounds like I will be leaving it stock!! Thanks everyone.
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My 6.0l has been tuned for 8 years and I am far from trading it for the newer inificient diesel. I get great power and fuel mileage and if the body fails me I will get an other 6.0l. I tune with a Hypertech with no increase of boost for economy. It has served me well and no way I am towing with stock power. The trailer feels real heavy without tune and the turbo pressure stays at 20 psi all the time. With 87 hp tune I barely need 10 psi.
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My 6.0l has been tuned for 8 years and I am far from trading it for the newer inificient diesel. I get great power and fuel mileage and if the body fails me I will get an other 6.0l. I tune with a Hypertech with no increase of boost for economy. It has served me well and no way I am towing with stock power. The trailer feels real heavy without tune and the turbo pressure stays at 20 psi all the time. With 87 hp tune I barely need 10 psi.
So your motor is completely stock and you haven't had any problems? I have a SCT tuner and am looking at either an 8k or unlimited tow tune.
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I travel with a friend who has a 6.0 tuned ,tows a cameo and a cargo trailer.
All he does is watch the 'delta' of the oil / water temps ,he did however do the arp headbolt change.
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My truck is egr deleted to protect the head gasket and coolant is ELC Cat and International spec. Got ride of the gold junk when I needed to replace the oil cooler.
I decided it was only Hypertech and Banks programer that I wanted in my 6.0L because they are well documented with great protection setting.
No programer that program without documented testing oń my truck.
Hypertech Econ at the time felt good and got my interest.
But I do not intend to race with it.
I have passed other programed trucks pulling similar units while they were exhasting black smoke, and mine did not. So I do have the power while 50 states approved.
Black smoke kills engines.
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