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Old 07-19-2010, 05:55 PM
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some stupid newb questions

truck is a f350 dually between the years of 92-97 body style with a 7.3L N/A. i'm guessing it's (IDI) seeing as i think powerstroke is strictly turbo from my understanding

ok the motor is not in the truck or anywhere to be found for that matter (NOt really worried about that.

want to know if i'm able to put a 7.3L turbo engine in place of the original N/a. IS it just a bolt on swap or do i need a different wiring harness and ECU

which is the best 7.3 IDI, 7.3 IDIT or 7.3 PSD MY NEEDS: will be towing a 16ft enlcosed double axle trailer, or 2 cars at a time every blue moon (NO scared to ride in the fast lane with the trailer if i haft to if that helps pinpoint what i need to be looking for). also plan on bagging the dually to make it darn near lay frame. So which gets the best gas mileage/power Also i'm going to school for diesel mechanics so cost in labor isnt a concern but what are parts like and what can i expect to break on me from whatever choice of engine yall guys suggest

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Old 07-20-2010, 06:31 AM
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For what you are talking about a powerstroke will be the best (heavily loaded + fast lane). That said it will be the hardest swap. The IDI's were mechanical in the fact that in sense they really only need one wire to run (well a couple more if you count the starter ). IDI's dont cost a lot of money, run decent, and get decent fuel economy.

That said a powerstroke has more potential for power, and easier to obtain. BUT, it will be a harder swap as the powerstroke is an electrical motor that will require a complete engine harness and ECU. If you can find a donor truck (like if you find a rolled over powerstroke for cheap) and it had everything, thats probably the way to go. Otherwise its hard to piece the powerstroke wiring together piece by piece.

The powerstroke is a fairly bolt in application where an IDI was, you will probably need to clearance (ie take a hammer) to the firewall to clearance it some for the turbo. It should bolt into the motor mounts though. What tranny? I think the E4OD's use a different flex plate bolt pattern. The ZF-5 speeds should bolt up though.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:08 AM
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thanks for the info and ughhhh to a truck this size having a 5speed. tho i did enjoy riding my dads inline 6 91 f150

been reading sum and i am leaning towards the dt360 swap (any idea if it's a mechanical or electrical engine) love the idea of the piston chamber having removable sleeves to slide out, pure sex in my opinion.
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Ah yes, the DT360 swap that has been mentioned on other sites. I like the idea, but being as hardly nobody has done it, it will be harder than any other swap. Most DT360's are mechanical, though I think some are electrical.
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