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rod labor R/R $$$?

About what could I expect, dollar-wise, for the labor to R/R my stinkin' PMR's for forged rods? I'm thinking very long-term about taking my truck to WOP for a QSSB instead of propping up my stock-ish turbo by doing uppipes/38R/ceramic coatings. While I'm there and while they're at it (most expensive words in the dictionary) it seems like it would make sense to have them pull the engine and put in some forged rods (Crowers/Hypermax/Cunningham rods would be great but they're so darn expensive I couldn't justify 'em) so that, in essence, I wouldn't be gold-plating a turd putting that snazzy turbo on a PMR-limited motor.

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Most all shops will go by the "book time". In this case, R&R on a 7.3 is about 26 hrs. Shop rate is gonna ballpark around $70/hr
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I may start looking around for a good used block to start a build on in my garage while I'm putt-putting around with my PMR engine still running well. Call me a quitter, but I've always thought that if I were to build an engine for a swap, it would have 2 fewer cylinders and 1.4 liters less displacement than the motor that's between my framerails now. If I take my time to find the right block and build on that, the cost might not be too prohibitive vs. doing it all in one big lump...

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I picked up a used motor for $900, sold off most of the parts now and am in it less then 500... Complete, running forged rod motor... Thats what I would do before swapping rods in a truck.

To do it the heads have to come off, oil pan, so your looking at new head gaskets ($100 each) labor, studs (might as well... $500) and 910 valve springs ($100-$150)...

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If I build an engine it's going to have 2 fewer cylinders and 1.4 liters less displacement than the PSD that's currently in my truck. Call me a quitter if you will, but even with all the conversion parts, I'd be out a bit less $$$ (doing most of the work myself and going with a single charger) to get a motor that'll hold 800-900 on the stock bottom end than it would cost me to build a 7.3 that'll put out 500 RWHP.

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If I build an engine it's going to have 2 fewer cylinders and 1.4 liters less displacement than the PSD that's currently in my truck. Call me a quitter if you will, but even with all the conversion parts, I'd be out a bit less $$$ (doing most of the work myself and going with a single charger) to get a motor that'll hold 800-900 on the stock bottom end than it would cost me to build a 7.3 that'll put out 500 RWHP.

800-900... Might be a bit high...

If you do it on the cheap, and take your time I would be right there with you, but I have two good blocks to build off of right now, so for the time being I am sticking to the 7.3...

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Since I'm in no rush to get a motor built I figure I'll take my time and do it right the first time. If a lowered compression ratio will be OK for street/daily driver use I'll probably build a 1000hp bottom end/rotating assembly and then, since I'd like to stick with a single charger for now, set up the top/head for ~600 or so--probably double what I have now but not too gnarly on the street.

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