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what to do for good power levels?

Me and my buddy are building his 1996 7.3 reg cab long bed into a sled puller, it has a manual tranny in it. I am not too familiar with blue ovals but I told him I would try and get some info on power upgrades. Our first thoughts were injectors, performance chip, upgraded fuel pressure? looking for around 500hp, we havent found that money tree yet! Any advice would be very much appreciated.

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500 HP:$$$$$$$$$$$$$$10-15k
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you could probably trim the cost down a bit. You shouldnt add a girdle w/o having the main bore aligned. when you torque the studs it distorts the main bore. Also it can be done with hybrid injectors so that means saving 2k on dual hpop.
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500hp

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H2E turbo, or a TN BB or Garrett BB might do.
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We were hoping to stay under 10k for sure, so I guess 500 hp very isnt realistic then. i just kinda threw that number out there hoping it would be possible.

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Being you are starting off with a '96 you will need a fuel system that will run about $1000 and may need a 17° high pressure oil pump wich you should be able to source on Ebay for a decent price. Probably $200ish I'm guessing. Maybe less. Hybrid injectors going to run in the $2000 neighborhood. Turbo kit going to run in the $2500 range. I would go either with the Hypermax H2E or one of the turbos that WOP uses on that same mounting kit. Chip, gauges, exhaust, intake going to run you around $1000 depending on how much you do DIY style or what kits you buy. You're going to need a good clutch. Not sure what they are running these days as I have an auto but I don't think they are cheap. Maybe $500+? There'll be some other odds and ends in there as well. That stuff should be the basic stuff to get you to the 450hp range anyway. Maybe 500.

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id do what you got the cash for. every one has my idea and it will still outpull a chev. any day lol
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id do what you got the cash for. every one has my idea and it will still outpull a chev. any day lol
hey, easy there, theres finally getting to be some dmax's that can pull. I do like the 7.3 though, I just wish ford wouldve stayed with it longer instead of going with these smaller diesels. I know a lot of guys that have either bought a cummins or a dmax because they dont like the newer powerstrokes, and those guys have always been die hard blue oval lovers!!

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i guesss everyone forgot u gonna need to upgrade the rods anf prolly get a fluiddamper jus to keep down vibrations in the crank


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being hes got the ol' handshaker, the clutch difinetly needs upgraded. You might beable to get away with a dual disk but I know for sure a tripple disk would stand up to sled pulling. South Bend makes a great triple disk but the price is a bit steep at around $1100

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