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post #1 of 14 Old 10-18-2011, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
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Max hp for reliable street/towing

In your opinion at what horsepower level do these trucks become unreliable and too extreme to be a daily driver and tow a drag car, 25ft boat and a 30 ft or so camper with a fifth wheel?
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Stock forged piston rods can reliably handle 500HP (PMR rods up to 400HP). Wouldn't do more than that without some major internal upgrades.


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Stock forged piston rods can reliably handle 500HP (PMR rods up to 400HP). Wouldn't do more than that without some major internal upgrades.
Yea I have the Forged rods etc but really jus wondering if 500 hp is too extreme for the truck to b daily driven and tow a heavy load from time to time. And at the hp # is all reliabilty gone?
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all depends on what your plan will be and how much money you willing to spend on it....

intake, exhaust and a custom tuned chip will get you to about 320hp to the wheels.. after that your going to have to spend a good amount of money to get higher HP
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all depends on what your plan will be and how much money you willing to spend on it....

intake, exhaust and a custom tuned chip will get you to about 320hp to the wheels.. after that your going to have to spend a good amount of money to get higher HP
Yea I have intake n buying exhaust have a ts 6 position chip but gonna replace my turbo mayb stage 2 injectors n redo the fuel system n get custom tunes so mainly wondering if 450 rwhp is too much for towing n daily driving or will it b breaking stuff all the time
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And I realize I'll have to spend upwards of $10k with the trans build etc just concerned that after all that the truck won't b as useful and will b more of a race vehicle which is what I really don't want I just want a very powerful daily driver that can tow a 30 ft plus trailer without even feeling it
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trans build is like 6k.

And you can have a 600hp DD but just keep your chip on a relatively stock tune most of the time and you will be ok.

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And I realize I'll have to spend upwards of $10k with the trans build etc just concerned that after all that the truck won't b as useful and will b more of a race vehicle which is what I really don't want I just want a very powerful daily driver that can tow a 30 ft plus trailer without even feeling it
450 hp could def be a DD... esp if you have custom tunes.. the best part about custom tunes is you can have them make some lower HP tunes....
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450 hp could def be a DD... esp if you have custom tunes.. the best part about custom tunes is you can have them make some lower HP tunes....
Thanks guys I think the 400-450 rwhp range is what I'll do n the $10k is what I'm figuring for everything I can do most the work myself n my exhaust is straight piped now no cat or muffler do I really need a 4" exhaust?
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