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Old 09-26-2010, 06:11 AM
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Red face How to turbo 1990 7.3L IDI? Questions.

Im considering buying a 1990 F350 7.3L Diesel IDI as my first truck. thing is, those trucks arn't turbo. I'd like to drop a turbo in and produce about 8LBS of boost. I understand anything under 12PSI is considered safe by many.
Now, the real questions before i buy the truck are:
Can i put any turbo on the truck? (Found one off a wrecked 97 cummins and a Jetta TDI.) would those work with the IDI engine?
Im kind of a noob to trucks and espically IDI, the 1990 F350 is like 3 years older then me, lol.
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I dont know if those turbos will fit but they make kits for them. Search for a banks sidewinder. Thats one of the kits. Theres also an ATS and a hypermax turbo system.
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IMO if you want a turbo diesel Ford, save yourself the time and aggravation and just buy a 94.5+ PSD....especially if you have no idea what ur doing. Cummins and Volkswagen turbos will not work.
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yeah, i'll probably buy a 94+. I was even thinking about doing a cummins twin turbo swap on it, but meh rather get a newer truck anyways.
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IDI's are much simpler to work on, I would say they are a BETTER starting truck than a PSD, easier to diagnose problems and learn the mechanics of a vehicle. All the PSD guys are going to steer you towards PSD's anyways

Anyways you can buy a turbo kit, and I would leave it at that. Fabricating your own turbo is hard work. An HX35 turbo (off that 97 cummins) WILL work, about the same a stock turbo that comes with one of the kits, its just you would have to fab the whole thing. TDI turbo's are waaaaaay to small.
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IDI's are much simpler to work on, I would say they are a BETTER starting truck than a PSD, easier to diagnose problems and learn the mechanics of a vehicle. All the PSD guys are going to steer you towards PSD's anyways

Anyways you can buy a turbo kit, and I would leave it at that. Fabricating your own turbo is hard work. An HX35 turbo (off that 97 cummins) WILL work, about the same a stock turbo that comes with one of the kits, its just you would have to fab the whole thing. TDI turbo's are waaaaaay to small.
That's what I meant when I said it wouldn't work.

Can't say i agree that they are better starting tho lol.
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I think he means a better truck to start learning with. If I'm correct the older International school busses used a turbo 7.3 idi.....
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:59 AM
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I'm sure some buses had the turbo IDI buy many had the N/A version. It's kinda like having to work on an old carb. Small block chevy vs an LSI. Same basic principles but we know which one us easier to learn on.
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Old 10-03-2010, 12:25 PM
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Sorry man. You meant the IDI is better engine to start learning diesel with right? I thought you meant they are better starting like when you turn the key lol
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