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post #1 of 14 Old 03-15-2010, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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How hp is enough?

I'm not new to powerstokes. been driving one since 97. 260,000 miles. Great truck. Heres my question. How much hp can you get out of a 97 powerstoke before damaging the lower end on an everyday driver. Wanting to juice mine up but also don't want to destroy it in the process.
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Idk... I have a 97 block in a 2001 crew cab and went mid 11's with a stock bottom end

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with that much miles your motor should be good till around 400 hp

I have 212,000 miles and am running about 330hp with no problems on a stock turbo.
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Well, idk what horsepower ratings they are, but I would start with an economy/tow chip, that technically would give u the mileage and performance power for work u need. If u want a race truck, thats a big list definetly need gauges. idk if i answered ur question tho...i'm sure somebody will though

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With that year with oil upgrade you'd notice a huge difference.

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Yall gave me some good answers. Here is what I think I understand. With my engine I can get around 400 HP without damaging the lower end. That would be sweet since I'm at 225 now. To juice another 175 HP I will need to get the air in and. Get it out. Larger air intake and larger exhaust. Next a custom tune chip plus gages. Hp will max out at around 80 with stock injectors. Am I on track with realistic goals at this point and is this when we need to look at beefing up the tranny to handle the extra stress. I'll stop here and get yalls impute. But there's more to come. We have another 120 horses to come up with. Bare with me on my grammar and punctuation I'm doing this from my phone. Not the easiest thing to navigate with.
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There are no stock superduties or OBS trucks that make 225 RWHP in stock trim. So to get to 400 RWHP, it's going to take more like an additional 200-250 RWHP depending on what year truck you have.

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Tranny would come next.. then injectors, HPOP, Fuel system, turbo, valvesprings, head studs? and you should be good.

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There are no stock superduties or OBS trucks that make 225 RWHP in stock trim. So to get to 400 RWHP, it's going to take more like an additional 200-250 RWHP depending on what year truck you have.
I think he was talking HP at the Flywheel

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