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Good First Diesel?

I have been looking around for my first diesel simply because I want one anyways I have been researching the IDI and everywhere I look people say theyre slow. I plan on adding ATS turbo, exhaust, build my own intake, injectors, rebuild the pump and turn it up, and adding water/meth injection. My question is after all of this will it still be slower than molasses or will it be fairly quick? I am not plannin on towing anything or drag racing I just wanna know if it will get out of its own way and be able to climb hills with ease. Thanks
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The idis aren't really all that slow. But if your looking for good pickup and go then I would recommend a stroker or a cummins. I drove a dodge for a while and loved it. A lot more power than a idi but the idis aren't bad.
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99-03 7.3l can be quick with just bolt ons
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I would trade my PSD for a comparatively equipped IDI any day of the week.

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I dk bout that one
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I do. My 93 IDI was the most reliable truck I have ever driven. IT NEVER BROKE. It had plenty of power for anything I needed to do. It had of course no annoying turbo lag....and the power was on tap from a dead stop. it does everything my PSD does, just a tad bit slower....I had the chance to buy a 95 with an IDI in it, but I didnt and I wish I would have. I love my PSD, but I love IDI's even more

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I never owned an idi only 2 psds they have never let me down so just from my experience is say psd u may no better on the idis thought I cant argue that I do like all mechanical vs electric though
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It will be alright. A good running turbo IDI will keep up with a mild chipped OBS PSD, or a stock 2nd gen 7.3 PSD. Also will beat a stock 12 valve cummins.

I love my IDI.

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It will be alright. A good running turbo IDI will keep up with a mild chipped OBS PSD, or a stock 2nd gen 7.3 PSD. Also will beat a stock 12 valve cummins.

I love my IDI.

No way a turbo'd idi will beat a stock PSD or a stock CTD 12 valve. I owned a 95 CTD and I'm driving a turbo'd idi and you can't feel the difference in power the ctd had over the idi
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Hence the term good running IDI. My truck will keep up with what I posted and essentially all it is is turbo'ed and turned up. 0-60 mph in the 10.7 second range with a quarter mile at 17.7 seconds.

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