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Diesel Power Challenge 2015 Competitor Jesse Warren's 2006 Ford F-350

A Capable 6.0L Power Stroke

KJ Jones
Jul 3, 2015
Photographers: Trevor Reed, Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook
While Ford’s 6.0L Power Stroke engine has suffered many years of public “bashing,” thanks largely to its infamous EGR-cooler, oil-cooler, and head-gasket failures, there are still die-hard enthusiasts who continue to have utmost faith in the bad-rapped engines.
Jesse Warren of Guys Mills, Pennsylvania, is one such 6.0L owner, and he’s confident his ’06 F-350 is plenty capable of silencing critics who feel the beleaguered 6.0Ls do not, will not, or simply cannot make power—that Fords in general don’t have what it takes to beat the Ram entries at Diesel Power Challenge.
Photo 2/14   |   2006 Ford F350 6.0L Power Stroke Diesel Engine
“My truck was used as a tow rig when I first bought it,” says Jesse. “I added one thing, then another, and then started racing on weekends.” Well, racing success and increasing engine performance have apparently brought a lot of awareness to Jesse’s crew cab, as the rig received the second-highest number of votes for the Ford entries.
While we won’t call Jesse’s 6.0L setup “simple,” we’re amazed to hear the engine can pump out more than 1,000 hp (and nearly 2,000 lb-ft of torque) and survive—despite it being much less elaborate than one would think a 6.0L Ford needs to be in order to produce that kind of power.
Photo 3/14   |   2006 Ford F350 6.0L Power Stroke Diesel Chiller
While Jesse didn’t provide many specifics about the engine, other than telling us it’s “built” internally (and we assume he means with top-of-the-line pistons, rods, and such), we do know the powerplant is highlighted by a Bater Turbo Service compound turbocharger setup that features BorgWarner’s S367 and S485 turbos, along with a custom water-to-air intercooler Jesse designed.
The F-350’s fuel system is another performance component that stands out as fairly basic but is apparently very effective. With Jesse being the owner of Warren Diesel, an outfit that specializes in high-performance fuel injectors for 6.0L Power Strokes, we know the 400cc/300-percent-over squirters he uses are more than capable of helping his engine make steam. However, only an Aeromotive A1000 is used as a lift pump, and Warren Diesel’s twin HPOP system serves as the injection pumps. “We also added a 300hp shot of nitrous just for DPC,” says Jesse. The engine and fuel are managed using SCT Advantage III tuning software.
Photo 4/14   |   2006 Ford F350 6.0L Power Stroke Diesel Bed
We’re looking for this member of Diesel Power Challenge’s “Team Ford” to shine on the dyno, as well as in the two events being held on the dragstrip at Bandimere Speedway (eighth-mile loaded-trailer pull and quarter-mile drag race). A trick Flight Fabrications four-link front traction bar setup is one of the other cool modifications to the F-350. It’s a system that could make a really big difference for Jesse’s performance in those on-track events.
Photo 5/14   |   2006 Ford F350 6.0L Power Stroke Diesel Jesse Warren
Build Sheet
Name: Jesse Warren
City: Guys Mills, Pennsylvania
Vehicle: 2006 Ford F-350
Driver Experience: Dyno, sled pull, drag race, and tow
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Turbo(s): BorgWarner S367 and S485 compound-turbocharger system by Bater Turbo Service and custom air-to-water intercooler
Fuel: Warren Diesel 400cc/300-percent-over injectors, twin HPOP injection pumps, and Aeromotive A1000 lift pump
Electronics: SCT
Injectables: 300hp nitrous-oxide system
Intake/Exhaust: 6-inch open/custom 6-inch with 7-inch stack
Transmission: 5R110 five-speed automatic with billet internals and triple-disc torque converter
Suspension: Stock height with Rancho 5000 shocks and four-link front/rear traction bars
Tires/Wheels: 33-inch Nitto Terra Grappler A/T/aftermarket 17-inch wheels
Differentials: Front Dana 60/rear Sterling 10.5-inch

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