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Old 01-12-2013, 06:34 PM
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Help a 6.0 lover!!!

So I have been driving a 2004 F350 ccsb 4x4 5" exhaust, sct looney tunes, arp head studs and egr delete for about 3 years... well times are tough and my wife and had to downsize so we sold my truck. It was so hard to sell the truck, almost every phone call ended with them finding out I had the 6.0 not the 7.3 and they would hang up the phone. It took me a very long time to sell the truck. So after i got rid of it a 2001 F350 ccsb 4x4 popped up in my price range so i picked up the legendary 7.3 that everyone wanted.


So hear comes my dilemma... I miss my 6.0. With all the bulletproofing done the truck was great and better in every way. I know I should just be happy with what I got but i was hoping to find out because it was a very good deal but I was hoping with your help that I could get back close to what I have. The things I miss so far are... better gas mileage, much much faster, less turbo lag, smoother suspension (even though I thought they were the same), better towing power.

This is a list of the things that have been done so far: Rebuilt tranny, new HPOP, ts 6 pos chip, boost fooler, AFE big boost intake, cleaned out Exhaust back pressure sensor, changed out all fluids...

Here is a list of thing soon to come: 6.0 tranny cooler, ext tranny filter, 4" diamond eye exhaust,

Engine is not old and tired... 180,000 with zero blow by and great compression. Starts perfect even on the coldest mornings with no missing, no check engine lights, runs great (as far as i can tell) but it still seems very doggy (slow) and i feel like i struggle towing my 6000lb toy hauler...


This is not a 6.0 vs 7.3 thread... this is someone who is hoping to get back close to the performance of the 6.0 without breaking the bank. I have searched (thats why I have done the things I have so far) but i would like to know from some of you if there is a way to get a little closer to 6.0 performance. I am not looking to upgrade turbos or injectors (until they go out) but was wondering if there is something else small I am missing

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Get a 6.0. You can make this quicker but you'll still miss the sound and feel of the 6.0.


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6.0 Lover?

...There is no help for you

I've never driven a 6.0, but for everything I use my truck for (work, towing my race trailer, towing a 5th wheel) it has more than enough power. I don't know if you're trying to race everyone or just lead footed, but they wont be as fast as the 6.0's from everything I've read, unless built.

G&J Diesel here in town has one that runs 12's I believe, but I think thats all they've got out of it and have a TON of money into it. My advice is either live with it, or sell it and buy a 6.0. Around here, low mileage 6.0's go for what high mileage 7.3's do - there's a reason you had trouble selling your 6.0, remember that too. Hell, I don't know anyone with a 6.0, but I'm sure if I did they'd trade for your 7.3.

With that being said, make the 4" exhaust your next priority. My MBRP 4" w/muffler really livened my truck up. My dad has an Auto in his 7.3 and was extremely impressed after driving mine without and then with the exhaust - Min is a manual (it will be the first mod I do to the one I'm getting later this week - if the coworker who is selling it to me, and I ever get back home).

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6.0 Lover?I've never driven a 6.0, but for everything I use my truck for (work, towing my race trailer, towing a 5th wheel) it has more than enough power. I don't know if you're trying to race everyone or just lead footed, but they wont be as fast as the 6.0's from everything I've read, unless built.
I am a little lead footed, my vehicles have always been semi fast... c5 corvette, prelude, acrua tl, i just enjoy the feeling of a vehicle that gets up and moves. I do not go to the track or anything and I never take my vehicles above 75mph. Its just that a little speed every once in a while makes the day go by quicker. I have read that the 6.0 is pretty fast compared to the 7.3 but when i take people for rides now (clients) who have ridden in my old truck a few have asked if there is something wrong with it (some of them can't tell i changed trucks because they r almost identical)

I am a traveling salesman for a commercial roofing company so i put about 50,000-60,000 miles a year on my truck, that's a lot of driving so i get to know my vehicles pretty well. Thats one of the reasons that I am super excited for the 7.3 is because of all the stories about longevity. I am hoping to keep this a couple of years and rack up the miles on this truck.
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With that being said, make the 4" exhaust your next priority. My MBRP 4" w/muffler really livened my truck up. My dad has an Auto in his 7.3 and was extremely impressed after driving mine without and then with the exhaust - Min is a manual (it will be the first mod I do to the one I'm getting later this week - if the coworker who is selling it to me, and I ever get back home).
I am gonna order either an MBRP 4" or Diamond Eye 4" this week... the only reason i have not ordered it yet is because my 6.0 had a 5" and I loved it, i was going to order that but from the research i have done everyone says it is a waste to put on a 5" with stock turbo and injectors. Still trying to decide between a 5" and 4" (i know the downpipe is 4" no matter what)
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I wouldn't bother spending the extra money to run a 5", personally. It sounds like you're a little more aggressive on your truck than I am - Mine is a work rig, and I use it to tow toys, but I've got a Jeep that I drive around when in town.

Also, you can always upgrade the turbo and injectors - but then you're talking about even more money, and chances are if it isn't what you want, you're not going to make it back out of it if you do decide to sell the truck. Also, a thing to consider, is that when you start doing that sort of stuff potential buyers go "Red flag! This truck has been beat on" in their heads. Stick with intake, exhaust and tune and most understand thats what you've got to do to waken them up and get better MPG's.

And I wasn't implying I'm some old fogey either - I do tend to be lead footed myself. This is my racecar;



And we rack up about the same mileage then every year - I usually am knocking on 60K myself. My 01 7.3 has 372K on it right now - so a little performance for the life of the truck may be a good give and take.

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sweet car!!! I love turbos!!! If i wasn't selling my corvette I was going to twin turbo it.

I figured intake, exhaust, and tune was about it but I thought I would just double check.

the resale value of my truck does not worry me too much because I am planning on keeping it around for a long time. As long as it lasts me a couple of years. If the turbo ever goes out I will just upgrade, and then when the injectors go out I will upgrade those too.... then I will probably be happy

I hope to be able to drive this truck for 3-5 years (60x5=300,000 miles) that will put me right around 500,000 miles. I am hoping it makes it that far. Everything is in tip top shape and i keep up with all maintenance and run only synthetic fluids.
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I've had a 7.3 and my current 6.0. You couldn't pay me enough to get rid of the 6.0 for another 7.3 even though I liked my 7.3.
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I've had a 7.3 and my current 6.0. You couldn't pay me enough to get rid of the 6.0 for another 7.3 even though I liked my 7.3.
well that doesn't help


with all the 6.0 bashing i hear i am a little surprised hear someone sticking up for the 6.0 and less people jumping on to tell me all the secrets about the 7.3...
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I wouldn't bother spending the extra money to run a 5", personally. It sounds like you're a little more aggressive on your truck than I am - Mine is a work rig, and I use it to tow toys, but I've got a Jeep that I drive around when in town.

Also, you can always upgrade the turbo and injectors - but then you're talking about even more money, and chances are if it isn't what you want, you're not going to make it back out of it if you do decide to sell the truck. Also, a thing to consider, is that when you start doing that sort of stuff potential buyers go "Red flag! This truck has been beat on" in their heads. Stick with intake, exhaust and tune and most understand thats what you've got to do to waken them up and get better MPG's.

And I wasn't implying I'm some old fogey either - I do tend to be lead footed myself. This is my racecar;



And we rack up about the same mileage then every year - I usually am knocking on 60K myself. My 01 7.3 has 372K on it right now - so a little performance for the life of the truck may be a good give and take.
Cute little toy.

I love my 6.0 and wouldn't trade it for a 7.3 EVER!
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