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post #1 of 4 Old 04-21-2012, 07:19 AM Thread Starter Rookie
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Debating on which model of the powerstroke to get. been searching the net on different performance set ups and such but you always end up getting the same ending asking does it really work. obviously most of you on these forums have already gone through and tried a lot. i've worked on deisels but have just now been able to afford one for myself, asking for opinions, suggestions, advice on the best route to go. anyone willing to give me a couple minutes of their time every once in a while to answer a few questions would be greatly appreciated. really torn to the 7.3 mostly because of the manual transmission. any help is greatly appreciated
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so what do you want to know? you're never gonna have a rocket with a handshaker. 7.3's aint cheap to make fast but they are reliable
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Can't go wrong with a 7.3 PSD... I got 4 of them (running, not counting the spare/parts motor sitting in the garage, waiting to get a rebuild)!

I also have both autos and a stick... the stick is stock, no tunes, and only mods are intake and straight pipe'd the exhaust... feels slow, and it probly is, but it pulls like a bulldozer, and I use it for my main towing/daily driver truck. The Excursion and the yellow dually both have tuners and are quite quick for as heavy at they are. However, they are not drag racers, but fun daily drivers...

Reading your post, it sounds like you may be concidering any model of powerstroke, as in the 7.3, the 6.0, and maybe even the newer 6.4's or 6.7's... I can't give any feed back first hand to anything other than the 7.3's, but they are not the fastest ones for sure... but will run for along time with basic maintnance, we have 253K on our Excursion, and over 300k, 400k, 500k miles can happen.

I have been very happy with my yellow truck, bought it in 2007 with 143K on it, totaly stock. I did an intake, straight piped the exhaust, put in some gauges, and installed a DP Tuner with an 80 hp economy tune. It's heavy, about 9k lbs, gets about 12 to 14 mpg running WV hills and country roads, and the trans needing rebuild has been the only real issue I've had in the time I've had the truck. It's up to 220k miles now...

7.3's are great, I'll buy every one I can...


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E'99 F250 extcab, S/Bed 211k. Sidelined due to motor issues.

'00 Excursion Limited, 7.3PSD 294k

'84 Chevy K-30, 6.2L TD, woods/trail beater. 141k

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I've seen auto trans on the 7.3 and 6.0 go out after doing engine upgrades and heavy towing don't hear about it much in the 6.4 and 6.7 are u pretty much stuck with having to do rebuilds periodically or are there valve body upgrades that actually stand up and take the torque after upgrading.... Also what upgrades have you personally done and had good results with that didn't end up as a money pit.....I want to find a truck with a blown motor that is fixable and start from ground up blue printing the crank little **** like that.... Pick the truck up cheap so I can drop 5-10k into a performance motor

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