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Old 03-12-2010, 06:43 AM
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7.3 vs 6.0

OK, I am obviously new to the site and have been looking to purchase my first

power stroke here very soon. I am however torn between whether to pick up a

7.3L or a 6.0L. I've heard so much about 6.0L having tons of issues. I did sm

reading on this site to kinda get the some of things cleared up and it looks as

both engines have their fair share of problems. Another factor is that there is

lot more 6.0's for sale then the 7.0L. I am torn on which one to concentrate

on purchasing and I have questions like cost of upgrading, maintenance and

repair costs, longevity on drive train, known problems things to look for. I

know I could spend days on here reading every single post but that just

seems more logical to ask y'all your individual opinions abroad in one post.

Thanks, Steve

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Old 03-12-2010, 06:47 AM
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If you can find a 7.3 with low miles giver. Saying that, with a few mods you can make the 6 bullet proof as well.
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Understood, but what type of mods are required to make the 6.0L "bulletproof" ?
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Understood, but what type of mods are required to make the 6.0L "bulletproof" ?
I know a lot of guys like to do the EGR delete and arp headstuds.
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:09 AM
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You are leaving out one major factor.
What are youre plans for this truck?
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:48 AM
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You are leaving out one major factor.
What are youre plans for this truck?
Good question... Daily Driver the occasional trailer pulling to the race track, Some minimal two track and strip stuff.

I'd like an 8in lift with 37.5's. 5inch exhaust and SCT tune. thats about it
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THe 6.0 makes more power than the 7.3 so I think you will like it better running larger tires and lift. Plus, if you check the prices, a lower miles 7.3 in good shape with good options will cost $1-4k more than a 6.0 with similar miles and features even though the 6.0 is newer. At least that's how it was when I bought my 7.3 year ago.

since you're buying a new(to you) truck, I would go ahead and pick up a nice '05-'06 6.0 and figure in the cost of EGR and heasdstuds to the total purchase price. You should come out at about the same number as a nice 7.3L. That is, Unless you find a helluva deal like it did. I got my '03 7.3 with 78k miles for $12,800. WOOT!

EDIT: oh i forgot one more thing, You will have an easier time finding a truck you like if you go with a 6.0 too. 7.3 owners hang on to their trucks till they die. They're like a good dog, lol.

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Old 03-12-2010, 08:02 AM
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There is nothing wrong with a 6.0. But if you have plans on beating on it and tuning it you better have the wallet to due the studs and EGR delete.
Once you do that you will have a super good running truck with just a tuner.

With a 7.3 you can chip it run the balls off of it and you realy dont have to do much to do so. But the 6.0 will run circles around you. One considaration is the trans it is not weak but wont hold up to a lot of boosted launches and constant abuse. to get a 7.3 to run with a tuned 6.0 you are talking major cash and a built trans. But if you just want reliable fun and not intrested in being the fastest a 7,3 is for you.
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The 6.0 can make crazy power pretty easy. Honestly it really only matters to what truck catches your eye. They are both good motors.
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I still think the 7.3 is one of the best out there...

Even a stock one... My Daddy is one of the best diesel mechanics in Oregon.. Of course I'm gonna say that because he is my Daddy.
He says this is the best one they have made. So I bought my 2000 7.3 PSD it runs great with 140k miles on it... of course everything around the motor has had to be replaced... The engine is good though and pulls my horse trailer with no problem up major passes

Good luck and may the diesel truck gods smile on you with your new rig
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