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6.0L Power Stroke Power Recipes - Budget-Build

For $1,500, $2,500, $5,000, And $10,000 Budgets

Photography by Elite Diesel Engineering,

This segment of our Power Stroke power recipes consists of ways to safely upgrade the 6.0L mill. Like our 7.3L power recipes offered in last month's issue, we've compiled some bang-for-the-buck-type power recipes to help your 6.0L make horsepower gains-without sacrificing longevity or reliability. Also coinciding with last month's suggestions, our power-adders don't include the cost of labor you might have to pay should you prefer a shop perform the modifications (with the exception of head studs). Stay tuned for 6.4L Power Stroke power recipes next month, followed by Cummins and Duramax suggestions in future issues.

$1,500 BUDGET
6.0L 2003 - 2007

MODIFICATION: COMPANY: DETAILS: PRICE: VENDOR:
Cold-Air Intake AEM Freer-flowing air intake $243 Innovative Diesel
Exhaust Elite Diesel 4-inch with 3 1/2-inch downpipe, single exit $371 Elite Diesel
Programmer SCT SCT with custom tunes $429 - $500 Innovative Diesel
        Elite Diesel
Gauges Auto Meter Monitor EGTs, boost, and transmission temp $290 Bean’s Diesel Performance
Horsepower Range (at the wheels): 400 – 430 hp Weak links: EGR system, factory head bolts   TOTAL $1,333 - $1,404

$2,500 BUDGET
6.0L 2003 - 2007

MODIFICATION: COMPANY: DETAILS: PRICE: VENDOR:
Cold-Air Intake AEM Freer-flowing air intake $243 Innovative Diesel
Intake Elbow CFM Plus Cooler air intake temps $170 Innovative Diesel
Off-Road EGR Delete Gillett Diesel Full delete kit $385 - 596 Gillett Diesel
  Liberator Performance     Liberator Performance
  Diesel Tech     Diesel Tech
  Elite Diesel     Elite Diesel
Exhaust Elite Diesel 4-inch with 3 1/2-inch downpipe, single exit $371 Elite Diesel
Programmer SCT SCT with custom tunes $429 - $500 Innovative Diesel
        Elite Diesel
Gauges Auto Meter Monitor EGTs, boost, and transmission temp $290 Bean’s Diesel Performance
Horsepower Range (at the wheels): 400 – 430 hp Weak link: Factory head bolts   TOTAL $1,888 - $2,170

$5,000 BUDGET
6.0L 2003 - 2007

MODIFICATION: COMPANY: DETAILS: PRICE: VENDOR:
Cold-Air Intake AEM Freer-flowing air intake $243 Innovative Diesel
Intake Elbow CFM Plus Cooler air intake temps $170 Innovative Diesel
Off-Road EGR Delete Gillett Diesel Full delete kit $385 - 596 Gillett Diesel
  Liberator Performance     Liberator Performance
  Diesel Tech     Diesel Tech
  Elite Diesel     Elite Diesel
Head studs ARP Replace factory head bolts $499 Innovative Diesel
Head stud labor Local mechanic Requires extensive labor $2,000 Local mechanic
Bypass Coolant Lines Elite Diesel Reduces hot spots in cylinder heads $150 Elite Diesel
Exhaust Elite Diesel 4-inch with 3 1/2-inch downpipe, single exit $371 Elite Diesel
Programmer SCT SCT with custom tunes $429 - $500 Innovative Diesel
        Elite Diesel
Gauges Auto Meter Monitor EGTs, boost, and transmission temp $290 Bean’s Diesel Performance
Horsepower Range (at the wheels): 400 – 430 hp Weak link: None   TOTAL: $4,537 - $4,819

$10,000 BUDGET
6.0L 2003 - 2007

MODIFICATION: COMPANY: DETAILS: PRICE: VENDOR:
Cold-Air Intake AEM Freer-flowing air intake $243 Innovative Diesel
Intake Elbow CFM Plus Cooler air intake temps $170 Innovative Diesel
Off-Road EGR Delete Gillett Diesel Full delete kit $385 - 596 Gillett Diesel
  Liberator Performance     Liberator Performance
  Diesel Tech     Diesel Tech
  Elite Diesel     Elite Diesel
Head studs ARP Replace factory head bolts $499 Innovative Diesel
Head stud labor Local mechanic Requires extensive labor $2,000 Local mechanic
Bypass Coolant Lines Elite Diesel Reduces hot spots in cylinder heads $150 Elite Diesel
Fuel Injectors Elite Diesel 185cc to 190cc $1,750 - Elite Diesel
  Full Force   $1,900 Bean's Diesel Performance
  Innovative Diesel     Hypermax
Turbo Innovative Diesel VGT hybrid $1,450 Innovative Diesel
Fuel Return System ITP Diesel Efficient fuel flow $640 ITP Diesel
Fuel System AirDog 100 gph $530 Bean's Diesel Performance
        ITP Diesel
Bypass Oil System Filtration Solutions Prevents oil contamination $787 Elite Diesel
Exhaust Elite Diesel 4-inch with 3 1/2-inch downpipe, single exit $371 Elite Diesel
Programmer SCT SCT with custom tunes $429 - $500 Innovative Diesel
        Elite Diesel
Gauges Auto Meter Monitor EGTs, boost, and transmission temp $290 Bean’s Diesel Performance
Horsepower Range (at the wheels): 500-plus hp TOTAL: $9,694 - $10,126
Weak links: Transmission (custom tuning can prolong transmission life), factory intercooler

SOURCES
Bean's Diesel Performance
www.beansdieselperformance.com
Hypermax
www.gohypermax.com
Diesel Tech
951-766-5777
http://www.dieseltech1.com
Innovative Diesel
www.innovativediesel.com
Elite Diesel Engineering
www.elitedieseleng.com
ITP Diesel
www.itpdiesel.com
Gillett Diesel Service
www.gillettdiesel.com
Liberator Performance
www.liberatorperformance.net
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