I finally made the switch from my trusty 2 door 96 Ford 7.3. I just bought an early 2006 LBY with 221k miles on it. My wife is pregnant with twins and my goal is to build this truck as safe and reliable as possible. I will be using the truck to tow our toy hauler which is about 9-10k lbs when fully loaded with toys. We usually take a handful of long trips around 500 miles per year.
After driving for a week, I noticed the power steering was very stiff and brakes were very squishy. I went ahead and flushed the power steering fluid and the steering definitely improved a bit, although not as great as i'd expected. The brake fluid was bad, so I pumped new fluid through the system and bled the system. Brakes improved a ton after this.
I got a low coolant warning this morning on my way to work, so I think the next item on my list is a coolant flush.
I'd like to start ticking off general maintenance items that will help increase reliability and longevity. I'd love to get your guys opinions on building out a list of things to prioritize. I am also open to mods that will increase reliability and longevity as well. Maybe even a monitor or gauges if necessary?
Brand new to me, 2006 LBZ motor w/LLY tune (I think?). CCSB 4x4 LT model, white in color. 6 speed trans with tow button and +/- switch.
221,000 miles, all original, bone stock for now.