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Want More Power!!

Am about ready for a change for a bit more power, am thinking an SCT tuner from perhaps Elite or KEM.
Motor is running very good, 110k+ miles. Still have stock head gaskets, am thinking of tuner for Tow tune, maybe run it on the performance tune on occasion when running empty.
Think this is a good idea before studding it? Am sure I will have to stud eventually but would like to enjoy a little more performance till then.
Anyone running the Garret PowerMax SS turbo?

'04.5 F-350 Super Duty King Ranch-BulletProof Diesel EGR Delete/ Remote Oil Cooler w/ thermostat regulated return,By-Pass filter, BPD Scan Gauge II, DieselSite Coolant Filter,4" FlowMaster Exhaust/5" Downpipe, AEM HD Intake,Boost/Fuel PSI/EGT Gauges, Lund Fiberglass Running Boards,Fender Flares and Visor,Front end leveling kit, Toyo Open Country 275-70R-18's, ArchOil 9100 & 6200.
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It is that performance that can cause head gaskets to blow. Just so you know that you are ASKING for trouble. Your choice. You know they will blow when you most need your truck.

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I did studs 1 at a time and so good so far. Did a write up on it. It's not the conventional way but I was confident my HG were good and believe I was successful. Almost 20,000 miles now and about 40% of them towing.

Recommend SCT and atlas 40 for your FICM I really like it. Watch your pyro though unless you upgrade your exhaust.

If you read Ed's web page he explains why FICM tuning doesn't increase combustion pressures like a hot SCT tune will.

http://ficmrepair.com/FAQ/index.htm

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I run an innovative diesel performance race tune on my truck with stock headgaskets and stock/factory head bolts. no issues on my end. I have a river city diesel EGR delete and a 4inch turbo back exhaust and larger injectors. check my sig for all my mods

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Like most of us, once you run your truck tuned, you will likely be addicted and find it nearly impossible to run stock tuning ever again.

My stock Powermax was tricky to tune on my truck and can be on alot of other trucks too. But mine has worked very well for me. Did a write up yrs ago on the PowerMax here...https://www.thedieselgarage.com/forum...light=powermax

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Before you tune, make sure everything else is in good working order, like your coolers, HPO system, etc. Do the research on upgrades that pertain to your particular truck, and know if you have an early '04 or a later '04.5 build. Other than good maintenance, monitoring with a Scan Gauge II and a pyrometer, or maybe an Edge CTS display only that carries the same diagnostic and data monitoring and pyrometer abilities as the other items integrated in one unit and offers a back up camera too.

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Motor is 04.5 in good running order, had them plug it in and check everything out last winter. last power balance was done a couple years ago.
Have scan-gauge II plugged in, watching FMP, voltage, ICP, IPR. A-pillar pod monitors boost, fuel psi, and egt.
Master-Flow exhaust has 5" down pipe to 4" out the back.
Can anyone tell me about the degas bottle cap, was there a different psi cap recommended for the earlier 6.0? When I tow, it tends to want to puke a little coolant on occasion, have had the coolant tested for exhaust gas last summer and was negative.

'04.5 F-350 Super Duty King Ranch-BulletProof Diesel EGR Delete/ Remote Oil Cooler w/ thermostat regulated return,By-Pass filter, BPD Scan Gauge II, DieselSite Coolant Filter,4" FlowMaster Exhaust/5" Downpipe, AEM HD Intake,Boost/Fuel PSI/EGT Gauges, Lund Fiberglass Running Boards,Fender Flares and Visor,Front end leveling kit, Toyo Open Country 275-70R-18's, ArchOil 9100 & 6200.
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Think I'll call about the Atlas40 FICM tuning for starters.

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I'd throw a new cap on 10$ or so. If it pukes again I'd question the HG.

I did atlas 40 when I had my FICM rebuilt. Voltages started to drift below 46.

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If it's the original cap they do get weak after time as mine did, and the new factory one is the same 16psi type cap but looks a little different. All 6.0L run a 16psi cap for all yr models, and I agree with Weld, your HG's are likely already compromised.

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