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99 vs 02

What are the differences?

I'm shopping hard and wondering if there is some reason I would take an '02 with slightly higher miles over a '99 with slightly lower miles.

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No real difference. The 99 probably doesn't have a catalytic converter, the 02 probably does. The 99 mirrors don't extend out for towing, the 02 does. They're pretty similar

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depending on where your at, the 02 may have seen 3 less salty winters than the 99. up here in michigan, that makes a difference.

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I hear that I'm from Michigan and mine has the typical Michigan rot, cab corners... rockers and the bed. But for what I paid for it I'm not complaining..... $2,500 for a '99 f250 super duty crew cab short box. I put 2010 super duty towing mirrors on it. They haven't changed the mirror mount since 99 lol

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The 99 has forged steel connecting rods and the 02 will have the weaker PMR rods. Also is it an early or late 99? There are quite a few differences between the two.

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No real difference. The 99 probably doesn't have a catalytic converter, the 02 probably does. The 99 mirrors don't extend out for towing, the 02 does. They're pretty similar

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There is a huge difference actually.... Many 99's mine included the mirrors are permanently extended. I believe for towing packages. I also upgraded to the 2008 mirrors. It is model specific, some 99's have the dinky paddle mirrors, some are stuck out for towing from the factory etc.

To the OP the 99's can be a hassle if you google late 99 vs early 99 pray the 1999 your looking at is a late build otherwise finding a lift kit can be kind of a PITA... The early build 99's have different front u bolts, different steering box, drag link, track bar, different front rotors, hub bearing assembly units, different turbo exhaust wheel, different hpop, different fuel injectors etc.

The late build 1999's is going to be almost identical for the whole 1999-2003 7.3ls. its the early 1999's that I would avoid not because of any reliability issues, just a hassle with the suspension if you want to lift. I have a truck with late build 1999 engine and early build 1999 suspension. I had to order leaf springs from one company, track bar, u bolts from another company etc...

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99 vs 02

Biggest thing is the 99 more then likely has forged rods and '02 has Powered Metal Rods (PMR) rods. They switched around 2001 and some guys have even stated they have the forged rods in their '01 even though they should have PMRs. The forged rods can handle more horsepower. PMRs are only good to around 400 hp. The forged rods can handle around 500hp.


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Amen to that mine is a e99

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My bad. My comparison was between my 02 and my dad's 99.5. While the towing mirrors on the 99.5 weren't extendable, I did notice that they were about as long as my 02 if the 02 were extended about half way. About where the little red arrow was on the mirror arms of the 02 was the length of my dad's 99.5.

As for the forged rods, I had a mild chip in mine and complete banks stinger+ kit, which put me at right about 300 hp. 246k miles and never a problem.

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What are the differences?

I'm shopping hard and wondering if there is some reason I would take an '02 with slightly higher miles over a '99 with slightly lower miles.

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I'd probably lean toward the 99 with lower miles but whichever one is in cleaner condition that hasn't been too hot rodded would be the better choice.
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