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6.0 vs 7.3

ok since i havent owned a 7.3 and obviously the 7.3 created the earth and moved oceans yada yada yada... i would like some input from ex or current 7.3 guys that have owned a 6.0 as to how the two stack up towing... im not interested in how many times your truck was in the shop or that kind of mess just simply how do they stack up towing wise? for example if you have a travel trailer that you pulled with one then traded to the different truck was it about the same or noticably better or worse?

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I tow with a 7.3 and also a 6.0 but I don't know if I can compare fairly though. The 7.3 rig is a F450 with 4.30's and the 6.0 rig is a F250 with 3.73's. The 7.3 pulls nice and accelerates well with ease and it does hills okay at about 55 mph and thats pulling about 10K lbs. The 6.0 pulls good in the low speeds but trying to keep it in OD going about 65 it wants to struggle a bit. When accelerating it screams and it is working hard and same thing for hills. I'll be pulling the same load soon with the 02 in my sig so I'll get a better comparison.
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I have a 2005 F350 with the 6.0. I was hauling some loads around and it weighed out at 23,660 lbs. gross. I had no problems in fact I got up to speed faster with the 6.0 than with a 7.3. My 6.0 wasn't even breaking a sweat when I was loaded. Also I have the guages on my pillar, watching them closely, never came close to being in trouble.

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From what i understand 6.0 tow a bit better... if you can get used to the shifting constantly. 7.3 seems to pick gears better and stay but as far as excelerating holding speed 6.0 is better they just shift too darn much lol

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I have a 2005 F350 with the 6.0. I was hauling some loads around and it weighed out at 23,660 lbs. gross. I had no problems in fact I got up to speed faster with the 6.0 than with a 7.3. My 6.0 wasn't even breaking a sweat when I was loaded. Also I have the guages on my pillar, watching them closely, never came close to being in trouble.

I currently own a 2005 6.0 and a 1989 F250 turbo 7.3.
Had owned two 1995 F350 Powerstrokes, and have driven 7.3 powerstrokes in the years 1999 and above. They are all good trucks. It's how you drive them................

It's hard to compare 2-3 yrs apart you can't compare trucks that are more than 10yrs apart. It's not fair to the older truck.

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Yes I understand that 10 year gap part. I know people think the 94-97 trucks are great trucks but I was more leaning twards the 99-03 era.... I know pretty much the. 94-03 were almost the exact same engine but the lack of a intercooler I would think hurts their performance..... I know people like what they are use to and there are a lot of 7.3 guys that are die hard.... I have been reading though the new 6.4 might not tow as well (hold speed, tranny issues) as the 6.0 and was curious of the 7.3 was a better tow truck

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my stock 6.0 tows my asv rc60 better than my tuned 7.3 did. That said since I tuned my 6.0 the 7.3 can even come close to keeping up

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I was not too impressed with my 6.4 when i first got it when it was stock. it did tow better than my 7.3 with a chip though. i just iddnt like how it downshifted ect. but now that i have a tuner it never shifts unless you stop lol. And comparing stock to me is worthless because i never have a stock truck for more than two weeks LOL

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