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post #1 of 21 Old 09-18-2010, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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What year to buy?

Hey guys, new member here.....

I am looking to get a crew cab dually. The truck will be used to tow an enclosed trailer mostly.

I want something nice, but it has to be able to get to 375-400 flywheel ponies without worrying about drivetrain issues.

This will be my first 7.3 and I am looking for advice on what year to get. I would prefer an automatic, but if I have to go with a manual for dependability I will.

I have a newer crew cab with an automatic that I use most of the time, but I want to get a 7.3 because, well, because I want one.

What year will work well up to that HP range?

I am hoping I can go up to 2002-2003.......

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Well, the newer years may look better and have more options but if your going for power you gotta get one with forged rods. So 99-00, some early 01's have them but thats rare to zero to find one. Then you have the issue of the early 99's having the smaller turbo and different setups. So late 99-2000 would be what to buy if looking for power. But the 01-03's with PMR's are usually good up to 400.

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Thanks for the reply smokenstroke.....

Let me ask you this......do you think that a 2002 7.3 can handle 375 HP without any issues?

I am easy on equipment, but when I want to maintain speed climbing big hills while towing a trailer, I want that to happen. My current truck can do that all day without any driveline issues, and I am hoping that I can get a newer model 7.3 to do the same.

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First of all what do you plan to do to be at that hp, on terms of rear wheel hp? ANd what mods are you thinking to get there?

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I have no idea what I need to get up to that HP?

This will be my first 7.3, actually my first Ford diesel and I am clueless on what it takes to get there.

I am "assuming" it will not take very much to reach 375-400 flywheel HP?

Like I said, I am pretty easy on my equipment, but I just don`t do low HP.....
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Well, my 02 with TW tunes, intake, and exhaust is pretty quick. And it would maybe put 300 to the rear wheels on a good day and good trans. 400 is gonna be injectors, turbo, and fuels systems for sure.

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Oh, we are on different pages here.......

I am only looking for 375-400 ponies at the flywheel....like they are rated from the factory.
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thats why i was saying rear wheel hp. i dont really know about flywheel specs. But dont they have around 225hp stock?

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I don`t know how much HP they have stock, but I do know every manufacturer uses flywheel rating.

I would guess that the 7.3 has around 300 ponies from the factory?
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i couldnt tell ya to be honest. Ive heard 225 for the auto's but idk if thats rear wheel or what?

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