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Old 08-14-2014, 01:25 PM   #1
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Bullet proof question (again)

OK, I know this has been brought up before but I'm at 100K on my 2006 PSD and am having some engine work done so I'm ready to throw some bullet proof stuff into the deal while they're under the hood.

Those of you who have done or have info on the best parts/manufactures, upgrades, suggestions, I'm all ears.

Zylstra's below Fresno is doing the work. I don't plan on a full upgrade (no plans on pulling the heads) or even doing the radiator/water pump as both are fairly new. Already have a high amp alternator, new engine wire harness and HV FICM. I'm also planning to stay with Ford gold coolant per Zylstra's suggestion. Mistake?

This is on the plate:
New Bullet proof EGR
New upgraded Ford oil cooler.
Cold air Box...a Zylstra custom install.
Upgraded stage 1 vdt turbo
intake kit
Coolant filter and flush.
New upgraded air dog II fuel pump and remote filter.

The water pump is something I'd consider if need be.

Thanks for any help...I'm already between 6 and 8 grand as an estimate but they are also doing some other custom work. I just want the best parts within reason.

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Old 08-14-2014, 01:34 PM   #2
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Re: Bullet proof question (again)

I don't know nothing. But make sure you don't run afoul of CARB now that we have to smog these..

Part of the inspection (as I was told - not definitive) is visual inspection for non-factory parts. And of course, anything that might throw a code.
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Re: Bullet proof question (again)

Dave, at 100k I would also replace the serpentine belt, radiator and heater hoses. The cost is minimal while you are having the other work done. When I did it, I only used OEM parts.

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Re: Bullet proof question (again)

Dave, do you have a stock exhaust, or aftermarket? You should get some benefit from a larger exhaust, larger down-pipe (if there's one that fits a 6.0L van), and maybe a heat wrap on the down-pipe.

I know ceramic coated up-pipes are available for 7.3L's , but I haven't looked for 6.0L compatible ones. The ceramic coating is supposed to hold in the heat and send it out the exhaust, instead of radiating into your engine bay.


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Re: Bullet proof question (again)

Zylstra's is full aware of our wonderfully intelligent CARB regulations Rob but I will check anyway.

Mike I do have that stuff on the list. I'm supplying that stuff + fluids/filters and what not including the trany crap.

Herb I thought you can't change anything above the cat? The down pipe was wrapped when I added the deep transmission pan.
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Re: Bullet proof question (again)

The upgraded turbo will probably function best with some custom tuning. Maybe you already have a SCT tuner with a program for the van?

The Ford Gold coolant versus gets debated ad nauseum but the fact of the matter is, as long as it's monitored, it's perfectly fine.

Otherwise, as previously mentioned there are a few parts that Ford has updated that your 2006 may not have. I would think Zylstra would know which ones they are. In another thread I posted the ones that I've collected with part numbers and pricing. I'll see if I can find it.
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...Herb I thought you can't change anything above the cat? The down pipe was wrapped when I added the deep transmission pan.
Who knows. I've tried to find clear rules on the CARB website without much luck. Everything seems very subjective depending on the inspection tech.

Not even sure about the turbo or turbo housing.


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Re: Bullet proof question (again)

Joe, I looked for that thread...hope you find it. I'll consider a tuner but there is the CARB thing. I just hope my FICM tune doesn't mess up my next smog...FICM repair says no. I have a little black smoke these days

Herb, Zylstra's told me some of the CARB regs have been bounced out...like a coolant filter and air box but I'm gonna check before signing the repair form. I might ask about heat shielding. 8K+ is hard to swallow
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8K+ is hard to swallow
Yep, but it beats $8K plus a long tow out of the backcountry.


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