Best Year of 7.3 - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
View Poll Results: Which '99-'03 is the better 7.3 and why?
Early '99 12 15.19%
Late '99 7 8.86%
'00 23 29.11%
'01 17 21.52%
'02 12 15.19%
'03 8 10.13%
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post #1 of 32 Old 09-16-2012, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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Best Year of 7.3

Okay folks, lets see what is the best year of the 7.3 (99-03). This includes differences ranging from opinions/facts regarding stock modifications made by throughout the years such as exterior/interior, turbo, rods, etc. Vote and back it up with a reason why.


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I would say 2003



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I say 2001 but I'm probably a little biased.

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2000 Late everything and for sure forged rods.
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I think like anything else, it evolved. And the newer the better as issues were worked-out. I guess, if you planned on dumping like 5K into engine performance (if that's what you thought these trucks were about ) there would be an advantage to the earlier forged connecting rods. But, for the Vast majority of us, the whole "PMR" thing has proven to be a non-issue...
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I said 2000 because of Forged rods.

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I would say 99' because that's what I have Even though my truck is mostly stock except for just an intake and exhaust, I tow a bit, and I like the idea of having the forged rods. Though it's not common, I have heard of unmodified PMR engines throwing rods through the block. I'm sure unmodified forged engines have thrown rods too but I have never heard of it.
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I said E99 because I have one. It does have forged rods though.
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What can I say, I own a 00'.

Early has forged rods, late has clear headlights and a better gauge config.

Is there really any other differences?

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The only major differences are between E99s and late ones. After that it's just a little bit.
That's a very objective question also - Best? Best for: towing, modding, racing, pulling, DDing, nicest? The list goes on. As long as it's a late model 7.3, i'd say it ends there.



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