My truck burns oil massively, at roughly 120 miles into a journy I have to add about a gallon of oil to get back to the add mark any more bad noise occur. I only took it that far once that it got noisy but shut it off imediatly to add oil, so know not to go far past the oil gauge dancing. I think bearings are cooked now since my oil gauge hang out a lot a the bottom of normal now with no load hot and around the A most time with a load, the more the gauge dances the worse it gets and the regulator in the cooler is not sticking. I have the brick oil sensor with the gauge moded to be more than simple idiot, I suspect issue since sitting at idle to long hot the gauge will go below normal and I get lifter noise. I am not finding another 6.9 to sort out right now, so going to slap new bearing in this and call it a day along with gapless 2nd ring. As for bearings I am seeing ENGINETECH for $84 and SEALED POWER for $288, any reason not to go for the cheaper of the two? Ive gone 8k mile since december and to ask for another 20k mile will kick the ball into next year, a 7.3 would be another can of worms and another set of studs. Someone brought up a video of a diy way of resurficing head sufface and I did not save a link, need contingency plans for a past issue I swpt under the rung. The fire ring was blow out on the back two cylenders that burned both head and block, I swap the heads between banks to lessen the likelihood of blowing another. Another thing that will be needed is a new timming cover plate since the one I have is eaten away baddy.
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