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Project Planning - Looking for feedback
Dear Fellow Powerstroke Fans,
I am starting to prepare for my "project" on my 2000 F-250 Ext. Cab SB. I figured I would throw my ideas out here to see what kind of feedback, opinions, or suggestions I can get as I start considering my options.
First, a quick back story:
I bought a new 2010 F-250 4x4 CCSB 6.4 power stroke about 2 years ago. About 9 months ago I also purchased a 2000 F-250 4x4 XCSB with about 38,000 miles. At the time I was in the market for a work/company truck and could not believe that there was actually a 7.3 with such low miles in practically new condition and with all service records out there. It was owned by an older lady who used it to tow horses to local trails on the weekend but sold her horses years ago. So long story short, I found myself fueling up, paying insurance, and maintaining two trucks. To me, it didn't seem very practical or economical to own 2 practically identically vehicles. I LOVED the 6.4 but how many people can say that they still own a 50k 7.3? I sold the 6.4 about a month ago initially planning to use the 2000 F-250 for a daily driver and work truck and in about 6 months to a year buy a second vehicle. Now, I am thinking instead of purchasing a car/suv in the future I would rather put a little money into this truck and use it as my everyday/every purpose truck.
Here are my Goals for this "project": Essentially, I am trying to build somewhat of a cross between the 6.4 & 7.3s.
1) Upgrade Interior - Make quieter, newer, and a little nicer
2) Performance & Durability - Durability is more important than power to me. My goal is to get similar performance & power levels as the 6.4 but maintain the 7.3s reliability.
3) Comfort & Refinement - I do A LOT of driving (avg. 30-40k a year) & long trips and need a vehicle that rides relatively smoothly, comfortably, and "quietly". Again, would like to make the 7.3 feel more like the new 6.4/6.7s. I understand there are very clear cut differences but somewhere between old and new is ideally.
My plans as of now include:
*S&B Intake (Already installed)
*MBRP 4" Aluminized Turbo Back exhaust w/ muffler
*SCT Flash tuner (used for gauges) programmed w/ DP Tunes (40 towing, 60 mountains, 80 econo)
*Stage 1 Injectors from Full Force Diesel
*Regulated Regulated return fuel system
*Potentially switching to 6.0 Intercooler?
*Sound Proofing - floors, doors, back wall, headboard
*New Carpet - from stock interiors
*Upgrading to 05-07 Gray Lariat leather seats w/ console (already have)
*In-Dash Pioneer dvd/nav (already have)
*Harley Davidson headlight conversion 05-07
*05-07 Grill conversion
*05-07 Front Bumper conversion (looking for advice/link to these bumpers with hidden winch inside)
Suspension:Looking for ideas/suggestion here
*This truck is commonly towing and driven on the highway so I am not really interested in lifting.
*Would like to convert to the 05-present front suspension set up with the radius arm. My previous 2010 rode much smoother and would like to get back to that. Does anyone know of a kit or aftermarket parts that would get rid of the leaf springs but not lift the truck? I feel virtually clueless in this aspect and am open to all suggestions that would smooth out the ride without compromising towing/driving/etc.
So if anyone is still reading at this point haha, please feel free to share any ideas, criticisms, feedback, pictures from your project, and/or whatever. I am excited to hear from people who know a lot more about this than I do and appreciate anyone/everyones feedback!