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Old 07-04-2013, 05:28 PM
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What Year Would You Buy?

Hey Guys,

Looking to buy a 7.3 in the next few months, and not sure what the best year is. Interested in a F350 Short Bed 4x4 auto. Any help would be great. It's mainly only going to be my toy hauler for a boat and rock crawler. Shouldn't be towing anything more then 7,000lbs. Want a truck that will last me a long time. I do all the work to my own vehicles.

I found 1 1999 with 192K on it, but the motor only has 104K. Not sure why he needed a new motor, might be a bad sign, any ways, looking and learning a few things about these rigs in order to find a good one. Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-04-2013, 05:58 PM
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really any late 99 through 03 will be fine. 99 through early 01 had better rods but that will not affect you unless you plan to make high hp. don't get in a hurry and find a low mileage one. i found my 2000 last year with only 48k on it
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I think any 7.3L is a good pick, but for me a 2000-2003 but like someone said earlier the 99-01 have better connecting rods.
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Not all of them have the front d60. I do not recall when they put the d60s back in. I know for sure a 99 has a d50 unless its a dually. If that is important then you will want certain yrs

You can still safely put a good 4-500 ponies on the, pmr rods. Thats enough to satisfy a lot of people out there
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really any late 99 through 03 will be fine. 99 through early 01 had better rods but that will not affect you unless you plan to make high hp. don't get in a hurry and find a low mileage one. i found my 2000 last year with only 48k on it
Wow, what'd you wind up paying for that, if you don't mind me asking?
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Wow, what'd you wind up paying for that, if you don't mind me asking?
17.5k that was his payoff
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I'd say 99 cause I hade 2 of them
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I had no idea the f350 weren't all Dana 60's upfront. Would the year or vin# tell me it does. That's one of the main reasons why I want an f350, my rock crawler has a d60 and wanted the same for both.

I'm looking to spend 12-18k for a truck, so I should have no issue finding one under 100k miles.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:20 AM
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Depending what 60 you have in your rock crawler, most likely they wont be the same. A 50 is more than strong enough for what most people do.
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id stay away from mid-00 to mid 01 autos. They had the diode in the tranny that would wreck havoc. 99-00 be my choice.
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