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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-23-2008, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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too much hp for daily driver?

I'm wondering what hp levels in our trucks become too much to drive around safetly/compfortable on public streets for the average driver. I just can't imagine in 2wd these trucks can drive easily at 500hp+ levels.4wd straight line is one thing.

Would one really want a 600hp daily driver? How's that handle rain in 2wd?
scenario: 600hp truck, wet roads, 2wd, going 55mph, pulls into passing lane to pass, pedal goes down, trans (auto) drops down and rpms come up to light turbo(s).

I can use all my truck's power (300hp?) tooling around town.

What hp level can you still use most of the power daily driving with out spinning tires everywhere?

note: I'm not disin high hp in any way, I'd love a 1000hp truck, but it probably would not be my daily driver.

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Re: too much hp for daily driver?

If its dry out, I liked the 100-120hp(140 made more lowend but petered out over 2500 rpms....weak HPOP) setting with stock injectors. In the rain and snow...............stock hp level is what I prefered.

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Re: too much hp for daily driver?

The wifes 02 CC 2 wheel drive makes an estimated 600plus RWHP on fuel only traps 110 mph in the 1/4, runs the 1/8 as quick as the top 3 street 7.3's [email protected] and tows like a dream.
Street manners can go from less than stock performance to make your passengers squirm with just the turn of a dial.
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Re: too much hp for daily driver?

That is one of the great things about shift on the fly chips and custom tuning. You can have a 600hp tune and you can have a 300hp tune or anything in between to accomodate any of you needs or driving conditions. A 600hp truck definitely does not have 600hp in all tunes.

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Re: too much hp for daily driver?

I have to agree with Lott, "it's al in the right foot loud peddel" so to say. My toy hot rod ( Mustang) has over 500 RWHP and only gets squirlely in the rain because 36 inches of rubber on the ground and 2800 lbs means Hydroplane.

I'd love to have a 1000 hp daily driver...


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Re: too much hp for daily driver?

Hybrids and a good turbo to get ya around 450HP, Ive herd is quite the ultimate set up for all around everything......

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The wifes 02 CC 2 wheel drive makes an estimated 600plus RWHP on fuel only traps 110 mph in the 1/4, runs the 1/8 as quick as the top 3 street 7.3's [email protected] and tows like a dream.
Street manners can go from less than stock performance to make your passengers squirm with just the turn of a dial.
I was wondering how much you could "de-tune" a 600hp motor and still have it drive nice?

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Re: too much hp for daily driver?

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I was wondering how much you could "de-tune" a 600hp motor and still have it drive nice?
Probably just as much as you want or need just tell the tuner

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Hybrids and a good turbo to get ya around 450HP, Ive herd is quite the ultimate set up for all around everything......
Pretty darn fun.


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Re: too much hp for daily driver?

It's not an NA gasser. It's a turbodiesel.

Granted my truck wasn't making 600rwhp, but I don't care who you were, you could have hoped in my truck and in the daily setting you would have never known what was lurking under the hood.

The only tell-tale sign would be the turbo whistle.

This is not even an issue. It's only as strong as the program you're running right that minute.

These aren't mech pumped trucks. You switch power levels on the fly. If you're still running stock cam and such, it's a stock engine until you want otherwise.


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That setup did not make more than about 310rwhp in that setting wide ass open. Period. Zero smoke, zero anything but 300ish rwhp smooth as silk. Like I said, other than the sound of the compounds you would never know.

And that setup was capable of a lot more than 600rwhp.
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