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Old 05-30-2019, 07:50 AM   #1
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Default Has anyone here had a Diesel Truck Bulletproofed?

I'm looking for a good used 3/4 ton diesel truck. I'm new to diesels and don't want to buy a truck with a bunch of hidden issues. I've seen tons of references to having the engine bulletproofed (mostly with F250s) but have also heard it with GMC/Chevy as well. Has anyone had this done by a local shop? Any input on the need for this or how many miles an F250 or 2500 diesel could go before it would need a major overhaul like bulletproofing would be much appreciated. Who are the quality diesel mechanics around P'cola?

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2008 DuraMax Chevy bought new, now has 265k. Not ever a bolt turned on the engine. I guess the "bullet proofing" is for the Fords.
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Mainly the only motors that needs to be bulletproof is the 6.0.
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I bulletproofed my 6.0 after the warranty ran out on it. Went through 7 turbo's under warranty with the EGR installed. Now pushing 200K and haven't had the first issue with it since bulletproofing at around 104K. Did the studs, EGR bypass not removal because I didn't want the check engine light on, blue spring and new oil cooler. If turbo ever goes out again, going to put in a 4 inch downpipe.
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I had a head gasket leak and a little bit of work done by Spoolin Up at about 200k. Runs like a champ. Mine is a 6.0
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My neighbor has his 6.0 bullet proofed and swears by it. He tows a big pile camper all over the country.

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Ive done several things to my 6.0 and have over 265k miles on it. The 6.0 "problems" didnt start till around 100k
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Bullet proof is actually a brand, but has become the standard term for fixing the inherent Ford 6.0 problems. Full “bullet proofing” will cost you 6-8k if you do it all and have someone else do it. The whole cab has to be lifted off the truck to reveal the engine. If you buy a 6.0, I’d suggest you ask for paperwork of all the work.
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Bullet proof is actually a brand, but has become the standard term for fixing the inherent Ford 6.0 problems. Full “bullet proofing” will cost you 6-8k if you do it all and have someone else do it. The whole cab has to be lifted off the truck to reveal the engine. If you buy a 6.0, I’d suggest you ask for paperwork of all the work.
they actually found a way around having to take the cab off spooney. Think you have to be a hell of a lot more flexible than I am but they did mine without removing it. Had to do with replacing the head bolts with studs. I paid a tad over 6K to have mine done but that was 10 years ago so it's probably more (a lot more) expensive now.
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they actually found a way around having to take the cab off spooney. Think you have to be a hell of a lot more flexible than I am but they did mine without removing it. Had to do with replacing the head bolts with studs. I paid a tad over 6K to have mine done but that was 10 years ago so it's probably more (a lot more) expensive now.
Yup, have a pic of mine being done with the cab on.
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