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Old 11-07-2023, 12:33 PM   #1
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Hi guys, I just purchased my "Black Betty" in August for personal use...
She's 2009 Chevy Express Duramax 6.0L Turbo Diesel (5window bus)

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Old 11-07-2023, 05:27 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. What part of Jersey? I'm in the Philly area myself.
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Old 11-12-2023, 05:02 PM   #3
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Thanx, I'm in central Jersey arnd Middlesex County...
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Old 11-22-2023, 04:06 PM   #5
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Congrats! Nice looking bus.
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Old 11-22-2023, 05:18 PM   #6
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Congrats! Nice looking bus.
Thank man....
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Old 12-10-2023, 03:27 PM   #7
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Awesome looking bus. Looks like a Collins body?
I'm in NJ also.
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Old 12-18-2023, 08:18 PM   #8
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Black Betty looks Badd Ass!
Slap some stainless steel rim simulators on her for that " extra pop " !
She deserves it!
mine were only like $250 on amazon.
it will completely transform the look!
its what all the ambulance & paramedics run.
you cant even tell there simulators when installed!
i even ran snow chains on them the other day! LOL
enjoy the build!
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Old 12-19-2023, 03:06 AM   #9
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Black Betty looks Badd Ass!
Slap some stainless steel rim simulators on her for that " extra pop " !
She deserves it!
mine were only like $250 on amazon.
it will completely transform the look!
its what all the ambulance & paramedics run.
you cant even tell there simulators when installed!
i even ran snow chains on them the other day! LOL
enjoy the build!
Yes , thank you!!! Definitely looking at those and Ithought a black chrome too...
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Old 01-03-2024, 12:48 PM   #10
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6.0 worries

I think the duramax 6.0 is different than the Ford 6.0 which has well known problems…
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Old 01-05-2024, 06:29 PM   #11
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i am new to small diesels.
my 6.0 power stroke is really nice after it was bullet proofed stock with EGR & oil cooler remedies.
people tend to chip & hot rod them which usually causes more problems?
its actually a amazing motor in performance!
i ran it with a bad injector & 3 bad glow plugs for months and thought it was fine LOL.
what a difference everything made when brought up to specs!

so the only thing i know about the duramax is once a injector goes out you should change all at the same time.
because they will start failing one after the other?
something to do with powerstroke is a low fuel pressure and duramax has a high fuel pressure?

so my suggestion for black betty is find a trustworthy diesel shop and have them plug into the modual and check for fail codes?
you may have nothing or there may be a few things that need attention?
the duramax should be a good motor as far as i know.
seems like all motors are not perfect LOL

i learned that the gasoline V-10's spark plugs have shorter threads than normal and sometimes kinda weld themselves into the head?
i came across a shuttle bus for sale.
the ad said it ran good but one cylinder was misfiring?
i thought ya he probably couldnt change a plug so he decided to sell it instead of opening up a can of worms LOL

sorry to ramble? LOL
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