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Old 01-31-2013, 08:10 AM
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Buying a Modded Truck - Need Assistance

Hello All,
New here , not new to trucks/diesels etc. but certainly the 7.3. I'm looking at buying a 2000 Powerstroke off a guy who isn't the original owner. He's pretty much flipping the truck and knew the previous owner and "some" of the mods yet his description is vague.

He says it has:
-Garret Aftermarket Turbo
-Bigger Injectors
-CAI
-Straight Piped Exhaust
-Reman'd Trans with bigger Pressure valves
-Edge Tuner

It also has gauges.

My questions for you guys is mostly about the turbo and injectors. Is there anyway to identify what turbo this is or if its just a factory turbo, same goes for injectors. From what I'm reading, I'd probably sell the Edge programmer and get something custom but would like it matched up with the injectors/turbo for the best performance.

I'm going to ask for any paperwork for anything that has been done and try to get in touch with the previous owner but figured I'd start here.

thanks and great forum!
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:29 AM
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:07 AM
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I don't believe that an edge will handle bigger injectors. At least not correctly.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:42 AM
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That was my thinking as well. I'm hoping to check the truck out by this weekend to see if I can't find out more. They are the one word answer type though emails.
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Sounds fishy. I would buy as if it had no mods
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:17 PM
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Well thats just it, its a good deal whether it was stock or modded (as long as it runs well).

I'm the type that keeps folders of receipts for my vehicles so I know whats been done and can show the buyer exactly whats been done. On this one if I want to make some upgrades (who doesn't?) I want to make sure I'm not wasting money on something thats already been done and/or won't work well with whats already been done.
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bigger garrett turbo will be a 38r, it'll have a 4 inch inlet compared to a 3, that will be obvious. I wouldn't trust his word on injectors unless he has reciepts, and the edge won't run aftermarket injectors unless it is an edge tuned by bill at php. I wouldn't buy the truck if it was me, if the guy is going to be that shady about what's on the truck who's to say there isn't something wrong that you won't know about until further down the road (i.e. bad compression, cracked piston or something like that.)
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:10 AM
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Believe me part of me is weary of that as well. Then the other part of me is thinking the guy really has no clue and is just flipping the truck. I did the same this past summer - bought a cummins that "needed brake lines", I never even got under the thing and had it sold within 24 hours of getting it home. The buyer while looking at it jumped under the truck and noticed it had no front rotor's/pads or ujoints. All of the bolts were missing off the ball joints/TRE's, and yes it needed brake lines as well

You may say I'm dumb for not checking it out, but I bought it for $1600 and sold it for $2900. I knew the engine alone could get me my money back so I didn't really care.

In this situation, the deal is still really good even if it has a few issues (he's asking around $4,000 for it).
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WOW...$4K. That price alone for a 2000 7.3l would make me really nervous!
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I know right,

Its currently inspected and was on the road. Has just over 200k, was definitely a work truck (interior is dirty, slightly ripped).

The "issue" with the truck is the rear pinion nut stripped, so it either needs a new ring/pinion or just replace the rear axle. I've found plenty of axles for around $300-$400 and seems like the easier route.
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