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Old 03-18-2013, 09:42 PM
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New to me 97 F250 CCSB 4x4

I sold my 2010 Tundra 4.6 4x4 (bulletproof for 47k miles I had it) and picked up this 97 F250 back in December, so far I'm really happy with the trade. Same mpg, wayyy more torque and no more car payment . These OBS trucks are awesome, I hope to have it for a long time.

I use this as a daily driver and for hauling a 7k boat on weekends. It's completely stock with 122k miles. So far I've done just basic maintenance. 285 Firestone Destination ATs, Bilstein HD shocks, Moog pivot arm bushings, XRF steering linkage, Dieselsite water pump and 203* thermostat, filters and changed all the fluids except the trans, which was rebuilt at 85k. Picked up the topper off Craigslist for $75.

Future plans are gauges, downpipe, intake, the quietest 4" exhaust I can buy, and hpop and stage 1 with a tune. I'll upgrade the trans when this one gives up. End goal is 300+ to the wheels with as little smoke and noise as possible, I do love hearing that turbo spool though.

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Old 03-18-2013, 11:49 PM
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Wow. That is a super clean looking OBS. Welcome to the PowerStroke world. You will learn a lot on these forums.

We can get you setup with any performance parts you may need. Let me know if I can be of any assistance to you.
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Wow...... love me some CCSB, so clean! Sounds like u have a plan for it. Any??? Just ask.

Upgrades i would look into b4 u go for power is a DANA-60 swap in the front to remove that junk TTB that will eat the new tires u just put on.

For engine mods i would go with stage 2s as they are the same price and u can have them de-tuned to stage 1s in tuning and if u ever get more supporting mods, reflash the chip and turn up the juice. Do with a dimond eye or TYMAR down pipe with your exhaust of choice. Do a TYMAR intake or the DIY version of such. GEARHEAD tunes are by far the cleanest tunes out there with great power and driveablility. T500 hpop, and a DIY e-fuel (or a kit) conversion and u will be very happy.

Id also stick a tru-cool maxx trans cooler on that truck to keep that trans alive as long as u can and with injectors being added u may want to think about intercooling your rig. If u never tow, then u can get away with no cooler but it is still recomended
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:15 AM
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I sold my 2010 Tundra 4.6 4x4 (bulletproof for 47k miles I had it) and picked up this 97 F250 back in December, so far I'm really happy with the trade. Same mpg, wayyy more torque and no more car payment . These OBS trucks are awesome, I hope to have it for a long time.

I use this as a daily driver and for hauling a 7k boat on weekends. It's completely stock with 122k miles. So far I've done just basic maintenance. 285 Firestone Destination ATs, Bilstein HD shocks, Moog pivot arm bushings, XRF steering linkage, Dieselsite water pump and 203* thermostat, filters and changed all the fluids except the trans, which was rebuilt at 85k. Picked up the topper off Craigslist for $75.

Future plans are gauges, downpipe, intake, the quietest 4" exhaust I can buy, and hpop and stage 1 with a tune. I'll upgrade the trans when this one gives up. End goal is 300+ to the wheels with as little smoke and noise as possible, I do love hearing that turbo spool though.

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Dang thats a nice truck...

Sounds like you have a good list going already. Any questions just post them up!!!

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Man there's something timeless about a white-red-white or white-blue-white boxy truck! Sounds like it had excellent P.O. care as well. Good score.
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Very nice truck and good list of plans there too, like said go to a d60, and toss in an intercooler, I love both those mods on my ccsb, welcome to the org too
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my advice is you will hate it and should sell it to ME

the best non performance mod you can do is the D60. i have had 3 F250s all D60 swapped. i think they ride nicer as well. 300 is easy to get too. but it's an addiction
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Thanks for the replies!

I'm gonna have to check out GearHead tunes that's one I haven't read up on yet. Same with intercooling since I do tow. The trans has a big cooler that I assume was added when it was rebuilt. Should I look into a torque converter or valve body before upping the power?

Looks like there's a lot of love for the D60 around here. For now, though, I'm gonna stick with the TTB. With the new steering gear, pivot bushings, shocks and 4, yes 4 trips to 3 different Firestone dealers the alignment is perfect. No uneven wear and it rides great. If I do upgrade the '05+ swap looks like the way to go for the reduction in turning radius alone. 3.73s would be nice, to get my highway rpms down (truck has 4.10s). Is it possible to swap the newer axles and leave the truck at factory ride height?
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Man there's something timeless about a white-red-white or white-blue-white boxy truck! Sounds like it had excellent P.O. care as well. Good score.

Thanks man, the red and white caught my eye too. I've had the classic car bug for a while, the OBS has killed it for the time being.
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Thanks for the replies!

I'm gonna have to check out GearHead tunes that's one I haven't read up on yet. Same with intercooling since I do tow. The trans has a big cooler that I assume was added when it was rebuilt. Should I look into a torque converter or valve body before upping the power?

Looks like there's a lot of love for the D60 around here. For now, though, I'm gonna stick with the TTB. With the new steering gear, pivot bushings, shocks and 4, yes 4 trips to 3 different Firestone dealers the alignment is perfect. No uneven wear and it rides great. If I do upgrade the '05+ swap looks like the way to go for the reduction in turning radius alone. 3.73s would be nice, to get my highway rpms down (truck has 4.10s). Is it possible to swap the newer axles and leave the truck at factory ride height?
DO IT! I did and its been the best thing ive done (only thing ive done since the little one took all my cash) the closest to stock height u can do is +3" in the front and pair it with 3.5" blocks in the rear. U may be able to swap the coils out for 5.4 gas coils (4600lb) and drop a little up front and get a total of +2". A lot of the SD guys who want to lower their truck a little will use those coils. And u will love the 3.73s!
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