Hey everyone. I just joined the ranks of all you 7.3L E99 owners. Early last week, I spotted an F-350 crew cab 4wd (w/4w abs) dually long bed lariat on craigslist and managed to be the first on the spot. Truck has 203k miles and I paid 6800 - not bad, I figured...
Some other items worth noting:
Since it's lariat, it's all power everything - both good and bad, but so far it all works
Has running boards, steel bumpers with ranch hands and a BIG winch
100 gallon spillar tank in the bed (going to sell that)
I bought this as a second vehicle and not my daily. Main purpose is for hauling whatever needs hauled. Expecting to use it maybe once a week. Upgrading from a 95 F150 straight six which just couldn't handle what I put it in.
To preface my following question...I'm looking to make this a reliable truck and only upgrade/replace parts as they wear down and do some regular maintenance. I'm not looking for power numbers or any major upgrades. I get my fun racing small cars, so this isn't something I need on the truck. That being said, I already own the SCT pro racer package and SCT will sell me a license for this truck real cheap so I can tune it. I am really only thinking about putting an upgraded stock tune on it, however.
So, although I think it's a really nice truck, there are some things that need work. The main reason I wanted to start this thread was to get an idea of what was worth replacing with stock E99 parts and what may be worth replacing with 99.5+ parts.
- Front ball joints are gone, when turning lock to lock i get some fun noises...
- Front breaks need work, replacing rotors/pads
- While I have the front end apart, I'm considering doing the u-joints (at least inspecting them thoroughly)
- At least one of the injectors is dead. I get a clearly noticeable miss at low rpms and power isn't quite where i would expecting from having test driven other powerstrokes from these years. I already ordered AE software to do the buzz test and see which ones are the culprit.
- Steering has just a little bit of slop in it. Not sure if this is something to worry about, it's definitely not as bad as it was on my f150 (f350 is about 1" steering wheel movement, my f150 was about 1/8 turn!)
- There's a shimmy when accelerating from stop, like something's loose, could be the ball joints?
That's really about it, everything else seems in order, the auto tranny shifts nice, i don't see any major leaks, etc.
So the big question is. As I'm working on fixing the above, are there items I should be replacing with newer model ones? For example, does it make sense to replace the injectors with 99.5s? I assume I would need to re-tune to do this? I think i read somewhere that a turbo from 99.5 is bigger, is this a direct swap? In general I'm leaning to stay on the safe and reliable side, but it's always nice to get both