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Old 04-30-2013, 05:52 PM
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Banks turbo upgrade and intercooler

I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I can't find a thread. So I'll ask.

My 7.3 is getting about %50 boost and my powerstroke mechanic says its probably a CAC leak. So instead of paying a lot of money for this guy to find where the leak is, I'm going to replace the intercooler system with Banks and upgrade the turbo with a banks kit.

My truck is consuming oil. About a gallon every 3000 miles. They haven't found where the oil is going yet, but I'm thinking that its burning it. If I am correct, will these upgrades blow the motor for the added pressure put on it?

My 99 7.3 has 191,000 miles.

I simply don't want to put $3,000 into the truck to cause a failure to cost more real soon.

Your thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.
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Those upgrades would be a disappointment. Save your money.

Fill out your sig with whatever current mods you have and we can point you in a much better direction.
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^^ what he said.
Find a 6.0 Intercooler instead of Banks. You can find them for ~$100
Buy the new boots for the entire system $300 at most.

Just curious if you're seeing any leaks on the ground or are you seeing any white smoke while idling? That's a lot of oil to be lost that quick.
I'd save your money to find out where that's all going first, then do the upgrades I mentioned, and save your money for a new turbo and chip/tuner and Exhaust.

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And chances are - it's probably your wastegate controller. If it's still stock - it's probably worn out, and opening a little sooner than expected (or just not staying closed.)
You can try to adjust the rod for the wastegate to test.
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^^ what he said.
Find a 6.0 Intercooler instead of Banks. You can find them for ~$100
Buy the new boots for the entire system $300 at most.

Just curious if you're seeing any leaks on the ground or are you seeing any white smoke while idling? That's a lot of oil to be lost that quick.
I'd save your money to find out where that's all going first, then do the upgrades I mentioned, and save your money for a new turbo and chip/tuner and Exhaust.

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And chances are - it's probably your wastegate controller. If it's still stock - it's probably worn out, and opening a little sooner than expected (or just not staying closed.)
You can try to adjust the rod for the wastegate to test.
The bottom of the motor is clean, no oil. I don't see any on the ground after sitting for the night either. No white smoke at idle.

They also put die in my oil to see if its going through the injector seals. But didn't see any die in the fuel bowl.

Its hard to see, but I think I've seen it when I first step on the throttle.
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:54 AM
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Subscribed for the 6.0 intercooler comments
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No need to subscribe really - There's quite a few other threads about swapping a 6.0 IC in for a 7.3. You can even get the boots from Riffraff, DieselSite and a few others so that it's an direct fit for the 7.3's IC Pipes.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. But really it didn't answer my question. Even if I do go with a 6.0 intercooler, will it cause the rings to blow out?
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No it will not
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I'd save your money on the 6.0 ic too, they arent worth it. Why not build a leak detector for $15 and find the real cause... And instead of dropping money on pointless parts, compression test the motor and see if its done for. Why spend $ on a truck that has a low compression motor. No matter what you throw at it, if its low compression it won't help it at all. If its low, use that money you just saved and buy a forged short block and swap it, 7.3s are cake to swap.
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Thank you guys. I'm leaning towards leaking injectors is the cause of my oil consumption and powerstroke mechanics are telling me that more in likely that's the cause.

But thanks for the heads up with the 6.0 cooler. Didn't know they were much better than the 7.3 coolers.
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