SIMPLE UPGRADES TO IMPROVE RELIABILITY AND COOLING
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EASY 6.7L UPGRADES THAT IMPROVE ON FACTORY ENGINEERING
John’s F350 is used to haul a 42ft fifth wheel trailer, hence the need for the Reese 27K fifth wheel hitch in the bed. Although the truck is rated to tow this kind of weight, there’s no doubt the truck is working hard. First on the list was adding an Edge Insight CTS3 monitor providing him with much more real time data than the dash displays. We used their new pillar mount which is very sturdy, keeps the monitor in clear sight and looks super clean.
The next item doesn’t offer any current improvements, instead it’s planning for the future. The fuel injection pump (CP4.2) has been known to fail internally. When it happens it will send metal debris throughout the fuel system which leads to a costly repair. The CP4 Disaster Prevention kit from SPE has a filter between the injection pump and injectors as well as in the fuel return between the injection pump and fuel tank. If the pump fails internally the filters will trap any metal debris keeping it from reaching the injectors or going back to the tank. Replacing the injection pump is much less than replacing all fuel components. Think of it as insurance for your fuel system.
The 2011+ 6.7L Powerstroke engines and transmissions run hot by design, and can run very warm when towing in our heat. The next two items focus on cooling.
In factory form the transmission fluid runs through one of the radiators and a small external heat exchanger, they do not have an external air-to-oil cooler. Our Driven Diesel Transmission Cooler kit solves that problem by mounting a large cooler behind the grill. Once installed it fits as if it rolled off the production line with it in place.High trans temps are now a thing of the past for John!
Last but not least on the list was to improve engine cooling. We installed Bullet Proof Diesel’s engine oil cooler upgrade. It’s larger size will help reduce engine oil temps. It mounts in the factory location with no modification required and just like our trans cooler kit, it looks like it came that way from the factory.
Since this truck already makes a ton of power, the key focuses were improving reliability and longevity. John’s truck will now help him escape the heat with a little less stress. Best of all these are upgrades that won’t break the bank.