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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...