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Old 05-30-2014, 06:12 AM
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7.3 Decision Time

Hey Guys

I need some advise....2001 7.3. Bought 3-years ago with a blown engine - had it rebuilt locally in Colorado Springs. 30,000 miles later I'm holding a piece of the connecting rod in my hand! Have holes in the block and oil pan....

I tow an 11,000 lb (dry) for camping 6-10 times a year. That is the main purpose of the trailer. I do have a tuner that is only used on levels 1 and 2.

My research is pointing to the powder-coated rods that came standard with the 2001 - they are junk. I did not know this 3-years ago - uh!

Plan now is to replace the engine. Found a place that will provide a 3-year, 36,000 mile warranty. My questions are around the rods to use in the new engine. I know there are a variety of forged rods - from $300 to $3000. I'm considering a set of H-beam forged rods and headstuds.

My questions.......
1. Do I need to go all the way with H-beam forged rods? They are pricey, but I do not what to be in the same place I'm today 3-years down the rod

2. I'm getting mixed signals on the head studs for the 7.3 - I know the 6.0 only has 10 or so bolts so this makes good sense for a 6.0 - but the 7.3 has like 18. Not as pricey - but about $600 for a set for my 7.3

3. I'm considering a set of improved injectors - suggestions very welcome.

What a really want is a bullet-proof engine. 7.3 had a great rep, I just do not understand why mine is a pile of junk at this point.

If someone is willing to call me - that would be great! PM me and I will send you a phone number.
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Old 05-30-2014, 06:52 AM
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What is your hp goal for your truck? I believe 550 is the limit for stock forged rods and will require studs also. If you plan on keeping it under that mark regular forged rods should do the trick. You can pick up a good used long block out of a 94.5-2000 and they will have forged rods. There is two of them around me for sale in grand junction.
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Old 05-30-2014, 07:19 AM
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Pm sent to ya.
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