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Old 04-11-2014, 08:04 AM
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Friends, 7.3 owners, I want your opinions!!! where to start on upgrades.. Thanks

So, buying an '00 X 7.3 4x4 with 365k miles. Getting it for a steal. runs solid, good maintenance record, etc...

I would really like to know what you all feel are the best upgrades for this engine. Thanks in advance for your thoughts (and justifications)

I have budget for major upgrades, trying to make it almost new as a kid hauler / GOOD truck

I am looking to sink some big $ into making this truck as HARD and Dependable as I can.

What I want:
1) Life extension - runs solid now, no leaks or major issues. want to take this engine as far as it will go (and I know it will have some issues over time)
2) Reliability - this is our "Get out of Dodge" truck, so I need it to work - no matter what
3) Durability - as opposed to reliability, it won't normally be pushed hard, but in that (increasing likely) chance that things get really ugly, I need it to be able to take some punishment.

What I Don't want:
1) lifts or off-road coolness - it's great if that's what you need/want, but this will be my wife's truck most days, and just convincing her to drive an X was enough battles on that front. It will look mostly stock from the exterior, and will not get more than 17" or 18" wheels.
2) race/drag performance
3) smoke and noise

I want some power upgrades, but mostly just for convenience and fuel economy.

So, if you will all indulge me, please, if this was your build, and you had, say, $15k to go crazy on a 7.3l, what would you do?

greatly appreciate all your thoughts

Also upgrading interior and cosmetics, changing side mirrors for the '08+ power folding, some dash improvements, new seats and carpet, entertainment etc...
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Leave it alone.
It's never going to be as reliable, quiet, smoke free, slow, and not lifted as it is stock.

Replace sensors as needed and keep up on regular maintenance.
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Basic intake (6637), exhaust (muffler delete or 4 inch turbo back), chip (hydra) and gauges.
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Basic intake (6637), exhaust (muffler delete or 4 inch turbo back), chip (hydra) and gauges.
X2 what he said
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As stated above.

Also,

If I had the coin, I'd probably replace the injectors if they are original.

Stancor relay.

Valve body.

Coolant filter.

external transmission filter.

Ball joints, etc.

Of course full fluid changes, brake fluid, coolant, etc.

Brakes all around.

Harpoon and hutch.

Regulated Return/fuel bowl delete
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Me personally.

Transmission -- BTS or JW. The transmission is probably the biggest weak point that can't take severe abuse and would leave you stranded if it failed.

Next go over the gowplug system. Stancor, or western plow relay to replace stock GPR. New Motorcraft ZD-11 plugs, no other brands.

Good batteries. If you can weld, I reccomend buying some group 31 batteries and building new battery cables to fit on the screw type posts. Some mods to lower the battery trays are required but its the best thing I've done to the truck.

Then a 6637 intake and 4" exhaust..

After that if you want some more power. A chip. TS or Hydra. With custom tunes.

Also gauges.. Pyro, boost, trans temp are the staple setup. But if you have the $$ I would also add HPOP, fuel pressure, oil temp, coolant temp, and voltage.
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Valve body for sure. Stancor relay. Ais intake because it's indistructable, factory and flows great. Exhaust and a tune.
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Leave it alone.
It's never going to be as reliable, quiet, smoke free, slow, and not lifted as it is stock.

Replace sensors as needed and keep up on regular maintenance.

Hey Joel...Can I live where you live...That picture is awesome man...Hope you hunt and fish...One day I would love to move to my piece of property in Maine but for now, congested CT it is.
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Oh don't get too jealous, I live in town too. I just take pictures like that when I'm hunting.
We are very forutnate here though, its about a half hour drive before your in some real wilderness

Guys, he doesn't want or need the extra power as this is primarily his wife's vehicle.
If he doesn't add a chip he doesn't need to spend $ on gauges.
If he doesn't add a chip he doesn't need exhaust, which will keep it quieter
If he doesn't add a chip his tranny will thank him

I would maybe do an AIS intake and WWII wheel.
Just because most of us are addicted to modding these things doesn't mean the OP has to be.
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Just because most of us are addicted to modding these things doesn't mean the OP has to be.
.......what?
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