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Old 09-18-2018, 05:50 PM
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Blew my 7.3 in need of leads to a forged short block

My goal is to build a 500 hp heavy tow (20,000 lb) motor.
list recommended parts list, and turbo choice. I had a KC Turbo that failed after 2 years, w a stock motor w tunes.
i did have a T500 pump too.

 
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That sucks, sorry for your trouble...

As for the turbo choice, nothing has proven to be better than a T4 (Carson Stauffer Diesel, Irate Diesel or homemade) and a Borg Warner SXE turbo of your choice.

I would encourage you to browse through a thread I created a little while back just after making my decision to go with the SXE and purchasing all of the required parts.

Link below, and good luck to you... I will be following along for sure.

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...been-made.html
 
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Old 09-18-2018, 06:16 PM
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2002 F550 cab/chassis is rated at 24,500# trailer tow weight with a stock 7.3...why the 500hp?
can achieve a reliable motor with turbo mentioned above, them 80% injectors and a 1023 tunes..(not a fan of tunes, but thats me)
 
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238/80 injectors, Borg Warner 366/74/1.0 turbo, T4 mount, Head studs, valve springs, higher volume fuel pump or dual stock pumps and tuning.
 
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Since you are in CA I’d think you would use a stock turbo so you can get the vehicle registered.
also being in CA with our 55 MPH tow speed limit I’d say a stock motor will tow 20k just fine and likely last much longer then a 500hp setup.

maybe a better question is will a 500hp Motor pass CA smog every 2 years ?
 
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Originally Posted by Sous View Post
That sucks, sorry for your trouble...

As for the turbo choice, nothing has proven to be better than a T4 (Carson Stauffer Diesel, Irate Diesel or homemade) and a Borg Warner SXE turbo of your choice.

I would encourage you to browse through a thread I created a little while back just after making my decision to go with the SXE and purchasing all of the required parts.

Link below, and good luck to you... I will be following along for sure.

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...been-made.html

Great link! And thank you.
I suppose Iím alike, its not 500 hp itís a reliable tow rig, set up correctly. Although instead of taking big grades at 25 mph at 2500 rpm Iíd like to go 65.
 
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Originally Posted by The Brad View Post
238/80 injectors, Borg Warner 366/74/1.0 turbo, T4 mount, Head studs, valve springs, higher volume fuel pump or dual stock pumps and tuning.
I have read a lot on 238/80 injectors being a great heavy tow injector.
Being in CA, Iíll have to stick with the KC38R tho
 
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Hate to burst your bubble, but a KC38R will fail inspections in CA, many threads on that as well. Has to say Garret on the housing, so you are stuck with stock housing or Garret 38R
 

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You could always get out of California, do whatever you want with your truck, and never be subject to that craziness again...
 
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Has to say Garrit on the housing,
he'll fail with that turbo as well..
 
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he'll fail with that turbo as well..
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Originally Posted by pirate4x4_camo View Post
Since you are in CA Iíd think you would use a stock turbo so you can get the vehicle registered.
also being in CA with our 55 MPH tow speed limit Iíd say a stock motor will tow 20k just fine and likely last much longer then a 500hp setup.

maybe a better question is will a 500hp Motor pass CA smog every 2 years ?
agreed, I just need it faster than 25 up a grade.
 
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:31 PM
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You could always get out of California, do whatever you want with your truck, and never be subject to that craziness again...

Id love too lol, but business is here.
 
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[QUOTE=Wesley Green;18202512]Hate to burst your bubble, but a KC38R will fail inspections in CA, many threads on that as well. Has to say Garrit on the housing, so you are stuck with stock housing or Garrit 38R[/QUOTE

do to its more stock look than a t4 mount ive passed with h no questions thankfully.
 
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agreed, I just need it faster than 25 up a grade.
I do 40-45 over the steepest parts of Donner Pass towing 15k and am basically stock. Iíve towed it 100k miles all over the western USA and have never been slowed to 25.
 

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