So before we start, let me preface with this. My truck had a weird clacking noise, so we believed it was a wrist pin. Checking the wrist pins involved pulling the motor... So I saved up the cash, and did a complete forged internals rebuild on my 7.3. Everything. There is not one reused part in my motor. And everything is forged.
Before I put the motor in, I discussed with my mechanic that I wanted to eventually take this truck to 500+ hp. So before we put this motor back in, let's go over support mods that I will need to get there. I want to build in 3 (more) stages. Now that I have the support mods in place. Here's the list:
CURRENTLY INSTALLED SUPPORT MODS
1.) Napa DIY Air Filter
2.) MBRP 4" Turbo Back Exhaust
3.) Gauge cluster (Turbo, EGT, and Tranny)
4.) Hayden Transmission Cooler
5.) Rebuilt transmission with forged internals and Billet torque converter. When she does go, though, I will be going with an ATS All-Billet Tranny
6.) New radiator (old one had build up)
7.) ARP Head studs
8.) Comp Cam 910-16 Valve Springs (I heard that pushrods will literally NEVER bend. Guys are pushing 600+ on stock push rods)
9.) Not a support mod, but, Tony Wildman 6-position chip
The plan goes as follows in their respective stages
STAGE 1: Fuel, Oil, Meth
1.) AirDog regulated return fuel system
2.) HPOP (Bore the stock one? Adrenaline? T500? I need suggestions)
3.) Stage 2 Snow Water-Meth injection (Fuel economy and power is the game here)
4.) Retune done by Tony Wildman to accommodate the new HPOP
STAGE 2: Injectors and Intercooler
1.) Upgrade intercooler (suggestions)
2.) 160/100 Injectors (Full Force, Swamps, Rosewoods??)
3.) Detune the injectors. Retune by TW.
STAGE 3: Air Delivery
1.) Garrett 38r Turbo installed
2.) Retune by TW, bring those injectors back to life, and dump air into those cylinders!!
Now a couple pointers on the responses I'm looking for. Please don't post "Buy a 6.0 / 6.4 / 6.7 / 5.9 / 6.6". I have a fully paid off, fully rebuilt 7.3 sitting in my driveway. I bought her for reliability, and I full expect to build a motor that will not grenade on me every other weekend.
She tows my boat, and she will be towing my boat to the keys almost every other weekend. So I need her to be RELIABLE at 500+ hp. I don't mind running a stock tune that keeps me at 320+hp, then flipping the switch and roasting tires at 500. In fact, I would prefer it almost.
I want to know a couple things.
1.) Suggestions for support mods that I am missing or that I haven't accounted for
2.) Company and product suggestions for the stuff with question marks
3.) If I'm doing things in the right order - I need to break the build into 3 parts because I'm saving for a mortgage - which is inherently more important than my truck.
4.) If I'm missing something or I've gone about something wrong. I would REALLY love some input from the tuner guys here - DP, PHP, Beans. I know I'm rocking Tony Wildman, convince me to switch
Thanks guys. I'll let you know how she's coming along. She comes home this week, then she's off to paint.