Hey guys, I am in the hunt for my next Powerstroke but I have a bit of a dilemma. The truck will be used around my small farm, hauling dirt, wood, trash, stuff like that. Occasionally it will pull a trailer. I would say 10k max but lets say 15k to be safe, but that is MAYBE five times a year. This will also go in the woods with me hunting and do some four wheeling. This truck will NEVER see drags or sled pulling. I am more interested in reliable and works.
What I am looking for is a reg cab, manual, 4x4
. I am looking at either a 99-02 7.3 or an 05-07 6.0. Either truck is going to get a mild lift. Icon 3" spring hangers and 5" rear leaves for the 7.3 or 2.5" coils and 5" leaves for a 6.0. Both are going to get cut out fenders and 38-40" tires. Both would get lockers and likely a regear to 4.30.
As for mods, gauges, exhaust, air dog, fluidampr, studs if necessary, stage 1 injectors, live dyno tuning. Kind of the basics to improve the power but nothing crazy. If its a 7.3 a 38r would be in order likely with a set of headers and new up pipes. If its a 6.0 elite 155 injectors and a GoGo stage 1 manifold.
One of my concerns is, as I see it, gamble on the 6.0? but it is easier to make power with a 6.0 and the suspension is improved as it turning with such large tires. The 7.3 is known for its reliability, but the other concern is it has leaf springs up front and big tires like to rub leaf springs. Plus the 7.3 has a D50 in the front and the outers will not like that much weight.
Honestly I wouldn't rule out a 6.4 if I could find one for cheap. I will most likely be getting the truck out of an auto auction so I am in no real hurry, I just want to be satisfied with my decision.
If you have any input, have been in a similar situation, have experience with the issues I have stated or have though of one that alludes me, post up.