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Old 10-07-2012, 10:44 AM   #11
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If this OP isn't just a ford guy I would go with a cummins 02 cummins. Cheap, Reliable, and very easy to make power.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:04 AM   #12
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not to mention they sound sooo good
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:08 AM   #13
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The 6.7's fuel system is to small to handle many upgrades, so you basically starve the engine of fuel once you start adding a lot of mods.


I would personally go with a 7.3, or a 6.0 that has new head studs and all that good jazz. Stay away from the 6.4, they tow like crazy, but the thing has 11 different types of radiators. And they always had problems on my bosses truck. And that damn exhaust sensor would keep dumpin fuel in the exhaust
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:16 AM   #14
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The 6.7's fuel system is to small to handle many upgrades, so you basically starve the engine of fuel once you start adding a lot of mods.

I would personally go with a 7.3, or a 6.0 that has new head studs and all that good jazz. Stay away from the 6.4, they tow like crazy, but the thing has 11 different types of radiators. And they always had problems on my bosses truck. And that damn exhaust sensor would keep dumpin fuel in the exhaust
I would run a 6.4 over a 6.0 any day. Common rail injection is the way to go.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:43 AM   #15
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More power to ya. Didn't say I didn't like it, it just problems is all. I think it went to the shop 2-3 times for radiator and once for exhaust in warranty. Now it's got 180,000 miles on it(its an 08) and I don't think he's had many problems since then, he's got a programmer on it now
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:53 PM   #16
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if you delete all the emissions crap, the 6.0/6.4 can be awesome engines. but just like anything else, you have to pay to play. 6.0's minus the EGR is not much different than a 7.3. spend the money on a 6.0 and you can make it just as reliable as a 7.3.
but if you want to trust it right out of the box, buy a 7.3 or a new 6.7.
it all depends on what your wallet will allow. 7.3's are getting very hard to find in low miles or unmolested form. 400hp/800tq is hard to argue with from a stock truck, but a $40-50k buy in sure makes a good argument for spending the money to make an older truck better. but then comes the part about a warranty. dump money into a 7.3 and you are on your own no matter what because they are all out of warranty anyway. most 6.0's are in the same boat. but 6.4's are still under warranty, and modify them to make them more reliable and you lose the warranty. (that statement makes no sense, LOL)
anyway
so the answers to your question is
cheap & reliable = 99-02 or if you are lucky enough to find one, an 03 7.3.
reliable & fun, but EXPENSIVE = 2011+

or buy a Cummins. unfortunately cummins only come in a dodge and aside from the engine you are still buying a dodge and all of its quality issues too.
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i would go with a 6.4, very reliable engine if you delete, EGR, DPF, and put a good tuner on it (SCT) 6.4's have their share of problems but if you delete as stated they run good and are reliable, you can buy a cummins but will have to fix everything around the engine good luck with your purchase
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:38 PM   #18
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i would go with a 6.4, very reliable engine if you delete, EGR, DPF, and put a good tuner on it (SCT) 6.4's have their share of problems but if you delete as stated they run good and are reliable, you can buy a cummins but will have to fix everything around the engine good luck with your purchase
X2 have had 2 6.4s and my first dynoed 581hp 1181tq ran 12.9 in 1/4 and ran like a dream everyday. My new one has just intake so far but gonna be deleted asap. Deleted 6.4 is awesome powerplant and very reliable. If you leave the killer emissions it will do its job and kill it..
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12v cummins was the best diesel I ever owned...but I will never own another diesel due to the cost of keeping them on the road.
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12v cummins was the best diesel I ever owned...but I will never own another diesel due to the cost of keeping them on the road.
So informative.....
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