if anyone wants one. Its pretty easy to make. I can put up my drawing if anyone wants it.
I think you are totally wrong. I been doing hotshot for 1 with a 7.3 zf6 pulling a 32ft flatbed car trailer When i bought it had 373k miles everything stock. It had a hydra tune on stock factory injectors and yes injector 6 and 8 went out. I decide to throw a new set of injectors and i take off the tuner. Then like 6 month later my oil pan star leaking and some fuel line were leaking i decide to put all that new with new turbo pedestal and all those gasket and seal to stop leaking from every where. Oh and i forget to tell you when i bought it i decide to replace Rotor, Caliper, Pads All around. Today after 1 year of working really hard the truck have 450k and is driving like a dream. Going twice or one a week from louisville to atlanta, taking Chattanooga mountain up and down like butter fully loaded. So i don’t think a 7.3 is a bad truck to start because part are cheap, is a cheap truck, plus is one of the reliable truck ever made.Don't want to sound rude but here it is...
The 7.3l is the wrong platform to start hotshoting unless you get some super magic luck and find dedicated routes with reasonable loads. Plenty of the 2014 rams being ran have over 500k miles on them using tandem axel, single tire 25-35ft gooseneck flatbeds. As a new entrant your insurance alone is going be $750 plus through progressive for just one truck and one trailer. You'll be burning so much fuel you'll not have much time for any repairs with a 20 yr old truck. Can it be done with a 7.3l? Yes should it be done no. You'll be competing for everything as a new truck and you'll be forced to take all the lower paying freight and the 7.3l will just not be as comfortable, fuel efficient, and reliable due to its age. Not that a emissions running truck doesn't have its problems but just feel you should really reach out to others in your area who are doing it before you put all this time and money into a truck that don't get me wrong I love my 7.3l, just would never hot shot with it in a million years after all the success of a different platform.
The 7.3l engine is amazing but you drive 500k miles in 6 yrs with a 7.3l vs the newer and softer riding and stronger suspension, quitter, more powerful engine your body and bank account will tell you the difference. ps multiple trucks with 500k or more miles all 2014 or newer.... There is just too much completion out there cutting cost and corners for anyone to make a profit with out having some luck, $$$, and networking etc.
Just something to consider if you truly want to start hotshoting etc.
Sounds like a solid plan. I plan on doing something like that on my DD which is my beloved 96 CCLWB, once this one is finished. The 96 needs the ZF rebuilt too.Nice work. I have a 97 F250HD 4x4 and im going to do the same thing but will prob use one of the kits on the market. That with the turbo rebuild and new wheel i put in it, and im going to upgrade to 160 hybrid injectors. Should run strong w mild tune
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