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300-350rwhp. reliably and safely- how?

Hey guys, I've got a 1996 7.3 that is as stock as stock gets. It has 140k on it. I am a dodge trans tech for a living, so I'm quite certain I can handle the mechanical side of things. What I'm looking for is real world experience of what combination of parts will get me between 300-350rwhp? And also as important what sort of trans upgrade parts are available?

Its funny, I drive dodges all day for work, but for whatever reason I always end up driving a ford myself. Anyway, we all know the power of the newer diesel trucks, and I must be honest, the newest dodge diesels have power in spades. And terrific trans missions, and they ride great. But sometimes I have to ask myself, are they really worth seven times what I paid for my truck? Truth is yes they are ��
But that doesn't mean I can afford one. So I really like my truck, but if I could pump up the power to make it feel something similar to a modern diesel I would be really happy. So I'd love your advice.

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Very easy to do 160/30 injectors will do more than you need. Of course a good tuned chip to match, dynoproven or DP Tuner.
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most people do performance in stages. i would start with intake exhaust chip gauges try it and see how you like it. next i would do efuel, idm, injectors, turbo upgrades. unless you go bigger than than 160/0 injeters or tow a lot i would skip the IC

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terry is right, i went exactly that route minus efuel and i am extremely extremely pleased at how my truck performs now. My limiting factor now is my clutch, it just can't handle the power that the babys gave me.

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I have 160cc (stage one) injectors, swamps IDM and PHP tuning. It's definitely a lot more fun to drive!!! Everyone says Stage 1s and decent tuning should put you around 300hp (or better)

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Stage 1 stock nozzles can easily make 350 and up to 375-400 with the right support mods. I'd get good tunes, intake, exhaust and gauges.
IC would be advised.
Trans mods...depends on what you have and if a auto the miles on it.
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Is that 350rwhp CT? I'm assuming that's with a good HPOP and efuel at minimum? If so, that's great!

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yes 350rwh
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Thanks everyone for your replies. Looks like I'm not going to be too far away from my goals. I just got a downpipe, so it begins!
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