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Old 04-11-2014, 10:01 AM
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Motor Rebuild Internal Parts Suggestions/Recommendations

Hey guys, well I've been limping my 99 7.3 around for too long now and I finally found a good deal on a rebuildable engine.

I have been lurking around the site for a few years trying to get ideas for my build, but have been holding off since the current engine does have some blowby issues.

So anyway getting past the small talk, I am looking to rebuild this new engine to hold up if/when I start going with a bigger turbo, injectors, etc.

The new motor is also a 99 so hopefully it should have the forged connecting rods, I plan on using ARP head and main studs, new valve springs, new bearings, pistons and rings. Is there any pistons you guys recommend and is there any other performance parts I am overlooking that I should consider in the long block build.

Should I do injectors while the motor is out or is it easy enough to replace these with the engine in the pickup.

My current goal is just to have a good strong pickup to pull trailers with again on a budget, but once I save up enough for a strong tranny I wouldn't mind trying to push the engine up to 450-500hp so that's the point I'm trying to build the internals to hold up to.

Thanks for your help. BTW I will be rebuilding the engine myself, is there anything else I should keep in mind when doing this since although I have a lot of experience building gas engines, this will be my first rodeo on a diesel.
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:19 PM
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It's a lot more cost effective to buy a running motor or long block.
A stock forged bottom end is fine with the 500-550 hp goal that you have in mind.

I got my spare 2000 motor totally complete, with ECM and IDM and a tranny for $1000
After I sold all the stuff I didn't need I'm into the motor for practically nothing.
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