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Question need a lil advice

Alright, so i jus recently bought my dads truck off him. Its a 2000 F-250 7.3 with an auto. It's got 193,000 miles on it. I want to do some modding to it, but some people say its got to high of miles to do very much to it. I know a cummins is jus getting broke in at these kinda miles, but i'm not the most familiar with a powerstroke. I wanna do some mods like injectors and turbo, that kinda stuff. What do you all think? Will it hold up or should i plan on rebuild?

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Personally, with that many miles I would first plan on a rebuild, it is true they can run many miles with little to no major problems, but without knowing your financial situation I would start saving for parts.

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Would you by any chance know how much a complete overhaul would cost? Only diesel rebuild i've ever done is tractors, and i know they're gonna be different and prolly cost twice as much if not more.

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Actually your about the point that injectors could start to be replaced and getting some 238 hybrids with 80% nozzles and a 38r turbo and you'll be in pretty good shape. An upgraded fuel system should also be added and studs valvesprings and pushrods.

Check the compression and if it's alright you can start modding it.

A complete "overhaul" can be really expensive depends on your budget.

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my 96 had 230 bone stock miles on it, when I started modding it.

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193,000 miles is not many miles at all if it has been atleast halfway taken good care of.

I just really cannot figure out why people seem to think 200,000 miles is a lot of miles on these engines. I get calls all the time from people telling me they have been told by dealers and other diesel shops that is pretty high milage for these trucks. I cannot even begin to count the number of these trucks I have seen with 300,000-500,000 miles on them with original components.

My Grandfather has a early 99 with around 400,000 miles on it and it has worked and been loaded down so heavy all those miles he has gone threw a few sets of rear springs now. Everything engine wise is still original other than the turbo and the auto tranny is even original. I would not be affraid at all to start modding on his truck today.

I have a 97 setting here with 365,000 miles on it and we are putting exhaust, intake, chip and Stage 1 injectors in it. Only worry I have is tranny and that is a worry no matter how many miles they have.

So I guess what I am trying to get at is, it all comes down to maintenance. If the truck you got from your Dad has been taken care of then I would not have any hesitation to start modding it.

If it is one of these trucks that have been run into the ground and never taken care of then that would be a whole different story. I have seen trucks with 100,000 miles that I would not trust driving a 100 miles in stock form and dang sure would not want to mod.

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That's what I thought. I've grown up around diesels my whole life. My dad maintained a farm while driving a truck on the road full time so yeah, i've seen my fair share of diesels. I jus wanted to ask on here and get some opinions. Another question I have. What brand of transmission is the best to get for a 7.3? ATS? Suncoast? I'm debating on what type to get when I begin modding. Another question is, how do you know if your transmission has the PTO or not. I was lookin at ATS transmissions and on the 7.3 4WD's there was one withoutt a PTO and one with it. Didn't know how I could figure that out. I'm kinda new to this stuff. My old truck was an ole 6.5 and I never tried to do any mods to it. Any input would be great. I guess I should give a lil history bout what the truck has been through as well. Before my dad bought it, it was a construction truck so it seen alot of highway, but not much pulling i dont' think. When we bought it, it became our daily and farm truck. It's seen a few heavy loads with us, but nothing its couldnt handle. It's pulled everything we've put behind it. So; once I get some money saved up i'll prolly throw some injectors, turbo, and a different tranny in it. And of course a fuel system and gauges. And prolly a 5 inch exhuast while i'm at it.

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Start with a chip air intake and a exhaust, usually the first three basics. If you want a tranny go with a BTS. Before you get into injectors and a turbo I would deffinitely do something with the tranny, atleast a torque converter and a valve body. I did a chip, intake and exhaust and you could say my tranny knows it As far as mileage I don't think 193k is alot as long as the truck wasn't beat to hell and maintained properly. Check out Bills got a powerstroke thats got i think about 750,000 miles on and he's also got some mods done to it. Nothing has been rebuilt on the truck either except I think he put in a heavy duty torq conveter

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You might think about a good set of gauges too.


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