Reliability with mild mods?
Hey guys, I've been cruising around the internet bored and I guess I got curious. My truck has 205,000 miles, basically ZERO oil loss and no blow-by. I've got stage 2's and eventually plan on getting all supporting mods to make 400hp.
I chose 400hp as a goal because I wan't a truck that will still be "reliable". Tonight I got thinking about what everyone defines as reliable, I looked around and I realized that people use the word reliable more directed towards the meaning of not breaking down, the truck won't leave you stranded on the side of the road.
I'm more curious about longevity, These motors stock seem mileage of 300,000 all the time, I see them scattered throughout craigslists (running good, high miles). They obviously last a long time when taken care of. My question is, now that my truck has some injectors and is actually making some decent power, what kind of mileage before blow-by, oil consumption and other issues come into play?
My truck lasted 200,000 miles before any mods, and it seems to be no different then a brand new truck, I guess i'm afraid that now that I have mods I will start burning oil within the next few oil changes, and everything will go downhill due to the added stress. I understand mods will shorten the life of an engine, that is common sense, but I don't really know by HOW much.
If you modded a BRAND NEW truck, 400hp. Drive the truck normally, keep EGT's in check, change the oil every 3-5k, change fuel filters ect. Run it hard at times, but dont beat on it mindlessly. How long do you think it would last? would it have hardly any effect on life? or would the bearings get pounded out of it due to the added pressures put on them.
Could you easily see 300k still, or are we talking more like a 100,000 mile motor at that point? I love my truck, with the new power its a blast to drive, I guess I'm just afraid that I have shorted its life by more then I wanted to. I think this is on my mind lately because, over the last few days it has been snowy, I like to run it on stock tune to help keep me on the road. The stock power of this truck feels so weak now, I can't ever imagine the engine wearing out, or anything breaking. If that makes any sense.
1997 F250 7.3 5 speed, 3.55s, D60, 4" Diamond Eye Exhaust, Napa Intake Filter, E-Fuel, 35" bfg mt's, stage 2 rosewoods/tuning, Gauges
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