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Current 7.3 owner scared of buying a 6.4

Guys, I've been looking at upgrading to an 08 6.4 cc dually. My current truck doesn't have the weight capacity(in the bed) to do what I want now. I haul very heavy molds and a dually is going to help me make more money and not loose loads because of the heavy weights. So....I love 7.3's and have worked on them forever. Things rarely surprise me and I know what it takes as far as maintenance to make sure it doesn't end up on the side of the road. This truck will be my daily driver and hauling vehicle. I love the interior upgrades in 08 and know what 6.4's are capable of (power wise). I am just really questioning the longevity of the engines. I want to know that I won't regret not just getting a cherry 03 7.3 cc dually.

I have already set aside the funds to buy a chassis lift in-case a cab removal is in order. I do all of my own work and have AE software.

AM I just paranoid? sigh

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Go for it! Delete the DPF and EGR, and enjoy it. It's a world of difference as far as comfort and power

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I had the same concerns, and need a larger truck for hauling, and I have no regrets about the 6.4.
Also if your hauling lots of things in the bed for work look into a chassis cab truck with a flatbed, for larger loads it's very handy, that's the route I went. Can often find chassis cabs for less money.

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I had the same concerns, and need a larger truck for hauling, and I have no regrets about the 6.4.
Also if your hauling lots of things in the bed for work look into a chassis cab truck with a flatbed, for larger loads it's very handy, that's the route I went. Can often find chassis cabs for less money.
Thanks for the input. I agree completely about the better utility of a flatbed and the prices are great. If I had a flatbed with no DOT numbers I'd get pulled over in a heartbeat. Regular looking trucks can fly under the radar as long as they are clean and don't have trailers.

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Iowa's not to bad about that, plus as a farmer I don't worry have to about the DOT much. Although DOT #'s are actually really easy to get.

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Iowa's not to bad about that, plus as a farmer I don't worry have to about the DOT much. Although DOT #'s are actually really easy to get.
Yes but Hauling for hire means I would need "authority" which is way more complicated...

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You should be worried if you aren't planning to tune/delete the emissions equipment on the truck. These trucks are reliable monsters, but only when deleted. If you plan to keep it stock due to emissions testing, look in another direction.

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