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Buying a Superduty, but which one?

Well I sold my old 97 powerstroke and now I'm ready to get me a Superduty! I'm torn between the 6.0 and the 7.3. I understand the 6.0 had its fair share of issues but after the head studs, egr delete and a new head gasket I've heard they are really good trucks. The 99+ 7.3 is known for its reliability but the automatic transmissions were the weak link.

I'm wanting to spend around $15k and this truck will be used to haul stuff on the weekends and occasionally pull a skid steer on a gosse neck. It will not be a daily driver but more of a toy. I'd prefer stock performance and I will tube as I see fit. My hp goal is around 450.

That all being said what is a good platform to start with?


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Re: Buying a Superduty, but which one?

They all have there share of problems lol. I would get a 6.0. Doesn't take much to make the power you are looking for. Easy to work on and maintain as well. Just do a lot of research and get an oasis on what you are looking at before you buy it. Might be a good idea to buy a monitor and plug it in while you test drive, you can use it on whatever you purchase. That way you are not steeping into somebody else's problem.

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Re: Buying a Superduty, but which one?

I've got a pretty good grasp on what it takes to make that per out of a 7.3 but I don't know much about the 6.0 mods. What do you mean by a "monitor", like a scan tool?

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Re: Buying a Superduty, but which one?

Yes and no, it plugs into the obd2 port and reads engine data and codes. More of a stationary thing where you can view data continuously though. There are lots of important things to keep tabs on a 6.0, ICP, FICM voltage, coolant/oil deltas, egts...etc... I use an edge cs an like it. No matter what rig you pick it would be a solid investment.

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Oh OK. Are 6.0s more expensive to tune and upgrade injectors?

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Shoot with a race tune and a FICM tune on a healthy 6.0 I think would put your over 400 HP. That can be done pretty "cheap". Considering the cost of turbo and injectors.

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Re: Buying a Superduty, but which one?

In the 15k price range I would go 6.0 you def. get more truck for the money, 7.3 truck are worth there weight in gold. That being said a 7.3 won't lay down power like a 6.0 will and if you get a deal on the truck all the problems can be cured for less then 4500 bucks. Do your research a 6.0 will need the following
Studs with oe gaskets
Egr delete
New oil cooler
Stc fitting
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Exhaust
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You can get all this stuff installed here for 4500 bucks
I've seen a lot of guys charging more for studs so find a dealer guy that works on the side it should be about 1500 to 2000 labor.

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Re: Buying a Superduty, but which one?

I have both a 7.3 and a 6.0. The 7.3 is a very reliable motor but that's all . If you want power go with a 6.0. You can easily fix all the thing to make it bulletproof with about 5000 .....
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In the 15k price range I would go 6.0 you def. get more truck for the money, 7.3 truck are worth there weight in gold. That being said a 7.3 won't lay down power like a 6.0 will and if you get a deal on the truck all the problems can be cured for less then 4500 bucks. Do your research a 6.0 will need the following
Studs with oe gaskets
Egr delete
New oil cooler
Stc fitting
Dummy plugs
Stand pipes
Exhaust
Sct programmer with custom tunes
You can get all this stuff installed here for 4500 bucks
I've seen a lot of guys charging more for studs so find a dealer guy that works on the side it should be about 1500 to 2000 labor.
If you end up in a 2003-04 then you don't have to worry about the stc fitting. That was only 2005-2007.
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