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Old 11-25-2017, 09:33 PM
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Should-do diesel mods for longevity?

Question for you diesel gurus- Just purchased my first diesel and I'm wondering if there are any must-do mods for longevity. I live in CA, so removing emissions stuff is a non-starter, but I've been reading that an 'oil bypass filter' and maybe an additional in-line fuel/water separator might be good ideas. Any thoughts or comments? The truck is new, so whatever I do can't void the warranty.

Also, since I'm new to the diesel world, if you've got suggestions for particular brands of filter/oil/etc, I'd appreciate it.

FWIW, I've done a little research on the oil bypass filters, and have found three brands that look promising- 1World, Amsoil and Frantz. Thoughts and opinions on those or other brands appreciated. Any other input related to taking care of the engine is appreciated as well.

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Old 11-25-2017, 11:26 PM
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I live in CA and I'm deleted and tuned. But I'm in a smog exempt county.. I wouldn't worry about the oil bypass filter stuff.. Most of the trucks now have great filtration with the stock oil filters..

I run only AMSOIL in all my vehicles.. My 96 rolla even gets it and it has 210k miles on it.. Doesn't miss a beat and the engine is as smooth as a sewing machine.. IF you go with the oil bypass do the amsoil one..

I am deleted and tuned and I still change my oil at the recommended interval with amsoil as well. I don't do extended because I drive the truck so little it's about 2 a year if that. I also do fuel filter changes with it. Even though they are ever 20k.. They are cheap and I do my own work.

Where in Norcal? I'm in Brentwood, the Norcal Brentwood.
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Old 11-26-2017, 01:43 AM
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Presuming you mean new or almost new truck. Most of the old reliability mods you hear about are just that....old.
The one exception may be deleting the egr and if you're inclined, deleting the emissions, but that's a no go where you're at and frankly they're pretty reliable systems in the def/scr trucks.

Fuel filtration is on par now....didn't used to be the case. Keep relatively fresh def in it if it's a garage queen, but if you're daily driving it that's not an issue either.

Oil bypass? Pffft. Unless you're going OTR with it and putting on 150k a year or something, totally unnecessary. You already bought a 300-400k mile engine? Plan on the rest of the truck needing to go longer than that?

The best reliability mods you can do is drive it and keep up on maintenance.
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Old 11-26-2017, 01:44 AM
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I'm in Cotati, Sonoma County. Vehicles have to be smogged here. At least gas vehicles do. Never had a diesel, but I can't see why the county would exempt diesel and not gas, given how much they love to take our money.

Yup- just checked on the Smog Check website. Not only am I in a 'smog check' area, but it's listed as 'enhanced' meaning inspections every 2 years.

Oh well, such is life.
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Old 11-26-2017, 01:47 AM
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good maintenance and good oil, i personally prefer rotella t6 but that is me. if you ever have questions on oil go over to bobistheoilguy.com that is a rabbit hole you will lose some time in.
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Old 11-26-2017, 01:49 AM
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Thrall- Truck will be brand new. It will be a daily driver and weekend hauler (well, every other weekend, anyway), I figure 14-16K miles a year. Plan to run it around on weekends to let the catalyst filter do it's thing to clean itself, and to enjoy having a truck with plenty of power for a change. Just want to make sure I do what's right, so I can avoid potentially wallet-busting repairs down the road.
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Old 11-26-2017, 01:52 AM
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H_2_o- I know T6 is synthetic, and given the change interval, I have no problem paying the premium. Just need to figure out when I can switch- how much break-in time on dino do I need to give the engine before switching to synth. I'll check the oilguy website, see how quickly my head starts to hurt.
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Old 11-26-2017, 02:28 AM
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Thrall- Truck will be brand new. It will be a daily driver and weekend hauler (well, every other weekend, anyway), I figure 14-16K miles a year. Plan to run it around on weekends to let the catalyst filter do it's thing to clean itself, and to enjoy having a truck with plenty of power for a change. Just want to make sure I do what's right, so I can avoid potentially wallet-busting repairs down the road.
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For sure.
My only/biggest concern would be fuel/injectors and the injection pump. And at that, I wouldn't be concerned other then to make sure you're running the reccomended best filtration that meets or exceeds OE requirements and don't make a habit of pulling fuel from old farm tanks or super low volume stations (potential for water). Idk what all the new engine filtration requirements are but imagine 2 micron.

Preference for who's fuel system is best is another thing. Ram is old school bulletproof Bosch CP3. Ford is newer and reportedly less reliable Bosch CP4.xx. GM dumped the CP4 in favor of a new this year Denso system.
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Old 11-26-2017, 11:16 AM
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Guess I should have put that in my original post- truck is a Ram with the 6.7 Cummins.
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Old 11-26-2017, 11:16 AM
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Yeah the CP4 has a very weird failure rate. I wouldn’t really worry about it unless you were deleted and tuned on the performance tune 24/7. But stock, I wouldn’t worry about it. 5yr/100k warranty covers that I believe.
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