Powerstroke 6.0 Head Gaskets – Ford OEM vs Victor Reinz Black Diamond

There has been quite a bit of debate about head gaskets for the 6.0 Powerstroke. “Which is the best?”

Black Victor Reinz head gasket with VR stamp and part number. Blue Ford OEM head gasket with VR stamp and Ford part number X’d out. We received 6.0 Powerstroke X’d out gasket in a genuine Ford Parts box from a dealership.

The only difference between Ford OEM head gaskets and Victor Reinz Black Diamond head gaskets is the color of the adhesive. We have actually received OEM Ford head gaskets, delivered to our shop from a local dealership that had the Victor Reinz logo stamped into them along with the Ford part number.

Don’t believe it? Here is an interesting post by Chistine “Pinky” Ruggles at Bullet Proof Diesel about a comparison between the two head gaskets for the 6.0L. http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/general-6-0l-discussion/971506-6-0l-head-gasket-comparison.html#post11811546

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Asheville Engine is the leading independent Powerstroke engine builder in the world, powering trucks in Guatemala, Switzerland, Australia, Iceland, Denmark and other countries around the world. We are serious about our business and keep enough inventory IN STOCK to build 50 to 100 Powerstroke engines so our lead time is generally only 1 to 3 days.


  1. Bill Gallant on July 13, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    I am looking to replace a 2003 Ford 6.0 power stroke with in Asheville Rebuilt.
    Do you have a name and number of a person in Indianapolis Indiana who installs your engines?

    • Asheville Engine, Inc. on July 15, 2020 at 8:07 pm

      Bill, Thanks for contacting us. I emailed a list of 7 shops in the Indianapolis area who install our engines as well as two that we would recommend that you stay away from.

  2. Mark on July 25, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    I’d like to know if you have recommended 6.0 shops you’ve sent engines to in the Denver, CO area.

    What kind of price should I expect to install it? I would be doing the typical EGR & Oil coolers at the same time.


    • Asheville Engine, Inc. on July 29, 2020 at 3:12 pm

      We’ve got a lot of diesel shops in and around Denver, CO who install our engines. I just emailed a list of 14 shops within 30 minutes of downtown Denver so you can decide who to call. Installation prices vary based on how many other parts you replace under your hood and different labor rates around the country but you can expect that your quote should be for about 28 hours of labor to replace a long block.

  3. Ed Perrier on August 20, 2020 at 6:13 am

    Hello, looking at your engines, 6.0, do you have any recommendations for installing shops in southern NH area? Thank you.
    Ed Perrier

    • Asheville Engine, Inc. on August 21, 2020 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks for contacting Asheville Engine, Inc. Not knowing exactly where you are in southern New Hampshire, I picked Manchester and emailed a list of 5 shops who install our engines that are located within a 30 minute drive of Manchester.
      Good luck!

  4. Timothy on January 19, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    I am looking to replace a 2005 6.0 in a van. It does regular heavy towing up to 25,000 lbs. Looking through the options what would be the best engine part configuration for this vehicle.

    Currently the engine is studded, egr deleted and chipped to 350 hp. It does well but uses about 2 quarts of oil every 5000 miles. I’ll install myself.

    • Asheville Engine, Inc. on January 27, 2021 at 10:59 pm

      Timothy, If we bore your block .03. over and put a stage 2 cam and our O-ringed heads with the competition valve job you’ll have an engine with better reliability and 395 HP if everything else attached to it is stock. That’s a 20% increase over the original 325 HP engine that the truck came with. With a larger turbo and larger injectors, you could easily add another 100 HP without spending a whole lot more than replacing your turbo and injectors with stock OEM parts. We can refer you to suppliers who can help you with that. Feel free o call if you have more questions (828) 775-0450

    • Asheville Engine, Inc. on February 14, 2021 at 4:56 pm

      Towing 25K pounds, I’d add a stage 2 cam and the O-ringed cylinder heads with our competition valve job. Just these two additions will add about 50 HP and give you better reliability. You can look at the descriptions of each upgrade in the drop down list when you click on the 6.0 on our web site. http://www.AshevilleEngine.com

  5. Gary D SUMNER on February 26, 2021 at 12:57 am

    I need to know how long it takes to build and ship?

    • Asheville Engine, Inc. on February 26, 2021 at 3:40 pm

      Because we keep all parts in stock, including those for high horsepower applications, our lead time is usually from one to three days. Right now at this mpoment in time, it’s 2 or 3 days. There are some times thruout the year that we get so many orders that our lead time will stretch out to a week to 10 days but that’s not too often.

    • Asheville Engine, Inc. on May 26, 2021 at 1:56 pm

      It depends on how busy we are when you order it. Our normal lead time over the past 10 years has been anywhere from one to 5 days but right now, because we planned better than other engine builders and we have a huge parts inventory when everybody else is out of parts so we are selling more han we normally do. Our lead time is 10 days to 2 weeks right now (May 26, 2021). That lead time can change quickly if we get a lot of orders in a short time period.

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