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Old 09-01-2015, 01:08 AM   #1
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2008 Ford e350 6.0 diesel Exhaust Brake Recommendations?

G'day,

I am having my 2008 Ford e350 van 6.0 diesel rebuilt as it has 264,000miles, still performs well though.

What aftermarket exhaust brake install do you recommend, please?

Rebuild installer is Zylstra Automotive and rebuild is Asheville Egines, NC, long block, EGR delete, bored 20thousand, APR head studs, New Garrett Turbo and other parts as required.
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Old 09-01-2015, 08:00 AM   #2
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Re: 2008 Ford e350 6.0 diesel Exhaust Brake Recommendations?

I would thoroughly research this mod. Jake brakes work by restricting the exhaust flow to slow the engine down. Generally, restricting the exhaust flow and turbo backpressure on a 6.0 doesn't seem like a good idea.

Have you considered going with bigger brakes? Congrats on a high-mileage 6.0
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Re: 2008 Ford e350 6.0 diesel Exhaust Brake Recommendations?

Maybe get a hold of DP-tuning and see if they can write you a program to give you full exhaust braking, possibly under a parameter like whenever you push the O/D off button (basically turning it into tow/haul mode like the pickups and V10s get)? The turbo is capable of exhaust braking by moving the vanes.

Some F-series owner have found that the high-idle mod (adding a switch to the blunt-cut wires under the windshield) also enables exhaust braking.

I'm not sure I would add an in-line mechanical exhaust brake to the 6.0. Seem like they don't always play well with variable vane turbos, and since the turbo is already capable, why not just use it? On the Cummins 6.7L diesels, we alway ran with the EB enabled because it reduced the chances of the turbo vanes sticking.
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