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Old 09-08-2013, 06:42 PM
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Thumbs up Looking into getting my first truck

Names stephen, 18 year old kid getting into my first diesel. I already know basically what i want, but just have a few more questions before i get into a buy. Im looking for a CCSB or ECLB 4x4 7.3 TD. Powerstroke or IDI doesnt matter, just want a turbocharged and intercooled truck. My first question is which years for the IDI and PSD started the inercoolers, and which years are better than the others. for example, im told the 97 PSD was the best year for the obs 7.3s. Also, when i go to look at trucks is there anything 7.3 specific to look for before i commit?
any input is welcome, thanks guys.
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:47 PM
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The SuperDuty trucks were intercooled. So 99+.
All Powerstrokes are turboed, but not all IDIs are turbod. Idr what years are what.
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:29 PM
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i see, is adding an intercooler to a OBS difficult? ( OBS Is up to 5k cheaper round me and IMO looks better.)
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In 94 three diesels were produced. One IDI, one IDI with turbo from factory, and the true "powerstroke" at 94.5. Check vins of that year to make sure. No OBS powerstrokes were intercooled. Go with manual if you expect to tow, unless you want to dump money on the tranny. Go with a 350 as well, they come with d60 straight axle as oppose to the d50 on the 250's. Make sure the truck is stable before modding. Buzz test, contribution, ect. I'd also change all fluids and start fresh.

Adding an intercooler is not too complicated. Add gauges to your list as well. I have pyro, boost, and transmission temp. I have an auto - trans temp isn't as important on a manual. Intake and downpipe are first on most lists, helps the truck breath.


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Old 09-08-2013, 10:33 PM
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adding an intercooler isn't the hard... If you do your homework every time I see and OBS truck it makes me miss my old 97 F350. Definitely a true work horse!

Oh and welcome to org cheysays7.3 also, where in Oregon are you from?
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:16 AM
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Okay. Thanks guys. And i wouldnt be towing much very often. Would the difference in mpg between the 250 and 350 be signifigant?

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Old 09-09-2013, 05:26 AM
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It would be negligible, I get the same in my f250 as my f350 stock for stock, my differences are 2 feet of bed, 2 extra rear tires, and a front axle
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:20 AM
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Interesting. However i have no use for a dualie xD

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I didnt either till I realized I wanted a long bed hauler, I'd much rather haul with my dually than any other truck I've had, much more stable, although my f250 ccsb (Cali model) had much more power compared to my f350
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The difference between a f-250 and f-350 is stiffer springs. Not all f-350s are drw. But the 97 f-350 has the strongest front end available.
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