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Old 12-04-2012, 01:55 PM
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Hi guys my names Tyler, I have a few questions about an engine swap. This idea is not set in stone just kind of tossing around the idea. I have a 7.3 right now and I'm thinking about swapping a 6.0 into it. I know you need motor, trans, PCM,wiring harness. Other than that is this swap possible? And what else would I need to make it happen? I would really appreciate any input into this or tips and advice. Thanks a lot guys
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:15 PM
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Why? Just curious, I'm new here and I have a 06' 6.0. I wanted an 7.3 but I couldn't find one in auto. It's a rollback tow truck btw.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:22 PM
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i wouldnt even think about swapping a 7.3 for a 6.0. i love my 6.0, but there is a reason you see 7.3's bringing the same money as a 6.0, and why you see 7.3's with 300,000 miles or more with no major issues.
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That swap is a lot of work and playing with wiring issues. Besides a good engine and trans, you are looking at another $1,500-$2,000 in additional parts, much more if you use new parts. If you do it, you will need the 03/04 engine bay harness, mostly for the anti-skid plug location. You will also need to do some other harness changes. HFCM and the list goes on. Despite what you may have heard, the 4r100 will fit, but you will need a transmission controller. If you opt for the 5r110 you will need more harnesses. You will also need to cabbage a lot of the dash wiring. You will be spending a lot of time running wires.

Can you do it? However, I would suggest it would be better to sell the 7.3 and just buy a newer truck. It is both a time and resale issue. That is why the cummins swap is way more popular, it is pretty simple by comparison.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:14 PM
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Yeah it is possible, but with all the money and hassle invloved, I'd just buy a newer truck.
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keep your 7.3
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:19 PM
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Put that money in the 7.3 and you will have a 7.3 making more power than most 6.0s
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:27 AM
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Ok guys thanks I appreciate it. Was just curious cause my 7.3 is coming up on 300k. And just had to redo trans and put a fully built on in it. Was thinking of selling it but prolly won't get much out of it. Maybe ill just swap in a motor with less miles and go from there. Thanks again guys for all the advice and info
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:49 AM
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If it has been well maintained, leave it be. The biggest holdup for me would be because of the injectors, work the same as the 7.3 but are a lot more finicky. You can't drag out oil changes and even then they may still stick.

I put a 24v in mine because I blew #7 piston out the side of the block. I never had any intentions of doing a swap, but that gave me the chance as I love my truck. The biggest pain for me was the wiring, instead of patching the factory harness together to work, I just rewired the truck from front to back, a heck of a lot less loose ends hanging around that way.
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