05-30-2014, 07:12 AM
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7.3 Decision Time
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.
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.