I'm thinking about buying a new, or late model, F350 4x4 with the largest diesel engine available. Then, upgrading the truck to get "a lot" of power and performance, absent rebuilding the entire motor. What do y'all suggest? Computer chip, turbo-charge, or what...? Thanks, and looking forward to your suggestions!
I would suggest going with the 7.3 PSD, (Only cause of better mileage. The newer ones are getting better but still not as much mileage), then a 4 inch exhaust, gauges, boost annialator, gauge pod, 6637 air intake mod and then the best piece...DP-Tuner. Oh yea...and a good stock of tires! (Side effects may include smile wrinkles, perma grin, less $$ in wallet from replacing tires more frequently and pissed off friends who are jealous cause they don't own a Ford).
I will tell you here that if you are wanting to add power to a 7.3, stick with a 2000 or earlier to stay away from the powdered metal rods, or replace the rods in a later model truck.
I've got my 2000 Excursion running right at 400 hp and 15.2 in the 1/4 mile, and daily drive it with tuning from Tony Wildman and Cale Thompson, QSSB turbo, Hypermax stage 1.5 injectors, 4" exhaust, AFE stage II intake, Tapercore intercooler and BTS tranny.
We had our '97 F250 pushing 500 hp and 13.7 in the 1/4 mile, and pulling our 5th wheel with an ASB turbo, Hypermax stage II injectors, tuning, Tymar intake, 4" exhaust, Tapercore intercooler, BTS HPOP and BTS trans. It was running great when it went in a lake and is now going through a Cummins conversion.
My Excursion still runs great and will actually be getting the bigger injectors and BTS HPOP soon.
Lots of great folks over on the club website, and it's free to register.