Posts Tagged ‘Ford Power Stroke’

Power Stroke Turbo for Towing

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

BD Power’s Direct Replacement for the 7.3L


Nearly 10 years after its demise, the 7.3L Power Stroke is still one of the most sought-after diesel powerplants. The 1994-2003 Ford Power Stroke was the most popular light-duty diesel ever produced, and with new truck prices cresting over the $50,000 range, more and more owners are willing to invest a little money into those old 7.3L trucks to improve their overall performance and efficiency. (more…)

OBS Fuel System Upgrade

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Lots of Ford lovers say that the ’94-’97-model Power Strokes were the last diesel trucks from Ford with character.

Driven Diesel’s New Regulated Return for the ’94-’97 Power Stroke

Among Ford purists, the last great Ford diesel truck ever produced with any styling character was the old body-style (OBS) Power Stroke.

These round-nosed beauties were the predecessors of the Super Duty and are fitted with a similar version of the 7.3L Power Stroke that eventually ended up between the fenders of the Super Duty. (more…)

Project Cowboy Cadillac

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Diesel World’s latest project truck is this clean 2006 Ford Super Duty.

Souping Up a Super Duty

There’s no question that the economy has put the brakes on new diesel sales—unless you’re Donald Trump and can afford a $50,000 to $60,000 pickup.

That leaves the used market wide open for the pickin’. Diesel enthusiasts are flocking toward used trucks for a variety of reasons, including a lower purchase price and the fact that with the money you save from NOT buying a new one, you can customized your rig to fit your needs and tastes. (more…)

Raising the Bar

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Hellwig Sway Bars for Towing Stability

It’s no secret that a ¾- or 1-ton diesel pickup does not handle like a high-performance vehicle. Sure, you can crank up the power to hot rod levels, but when you hit the corners, all that unsprung weight (about 800 pounds’ worth), it’s going to roll like a tuna boat in high seas. Such is life, since everything is a compromise. (more…)

Farm Implement

Friday, October 14th, 2011

A True Dual-Purpose Diesel

Life on a farm is hard work. Besides moving dirt, growing crops and feeding animals, you’ve got a lot of farm machinery that needs tending to.

And in order to function on a farm, you’ve got to have the right tools and truck for the job. Just ask Chaz Roth, of Lancaster, Ohio, who spends the majority of his time working down on the farm. His 2002 F-350 is not only set up for the rigors of farm work, he also uses it for play, making it the true dual-purpose diesel. (more…)

H&S Performance’s Wild Super Duty

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

“Go Big or Go Home!” That’s a well-worn phrase that applies to a small percentage of diesel owners. And you can tell who these people are at first glance: Their trucks sport big lifts and big tires and plenty of bling. But very few of these trucks have the big power to back up the big image, unless you check with Bentley Hugie, of Saint George, Utah. His big, orange 2008 Super Duty is not only an eye-catcher, but he’s also got the horsepower and torque to back it up. (more…)

Big Power Highlights the Annual Dyno Extravaganza

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Industrial Injection’s annual Dyno Day brought out some heavy hitter from all across the West.

For their second year in a row Industrial Injection held their famous dyno event, bringing in some of the highest horsepower trucks in the western region. With some aggressive advertising and good old fashioned word-of-mouth, the folks at Industrial were able to make this event even bigger and better than the last. With two dynos on site, they were able to test over 50 trucks, most of which were in the mid 400 horsepower plus range, which lends credence to the belief the diesel aftermarket industry is still alive and strong in the central Utah area. (more…)

Project Box Hauler: ATS Turbo Upgrade

Monday, August 30th, 2010

EZ 7.3L Turbo Upgrade
Improve Performance and Reduce EGTs with ATS’ Aurora Turbocharger Kit

OK, you’ve done nearly everything economically possible to your 7.3L Super Duty or Excursion. You’ve upgraded the intake and exhaust, added a programmer, and possibly even upsized the injectors. Sure the truck runs better, but you’ve noticed that the EGTs are starting to climb into the danger zone at wide-open throttle or when towing a heavy trailer up a grade. The missing element in your power recipe is more air. While the stock Garrett turbo functions well on a stock truck, it can’t keep up with the added heat that more fuel creates.

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Project Box Hauler: Autometer Gauges

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Keeping an eye on engine vitals is as simple as installing a quality set of gauges. For anyone who tows with their diesel, both boost and pyrometer gauges are a must.

Project Box Puller
Keeping Track of Vitals

For our regular readers, Project Box Hauler needs no introduction. For those who have just joined us, here’s the Cliff Notes version of the series. We got our hands on an ’01 Ford F-350 dually that spent its previous life as a Castrol Racing show car hauler for John Force Racing. The truck, fitted with a well-worn 7.3L Power Stroke, was showing 200,000-plus miles on the odometer and was in serious need of attention. The buyer got the fifth-wheel trailer with the deal, hence the name Project Box Hauler.

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Project Box Hauler: PML Diff Cover

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

PML offers several different finish options for their Dana 80 cover. We opted for the black powdercoated version. It comes complete with stainless steel, hex-head mounting bolts for an easy and good looking install.

The Great Cover Up

One of the keys to keeping a differential alive is keeping it cool. Utilizing synthetic rear end gear oil helps, but nothing beats addition fluid capacity from an aftermarket rear end cover, which replaces the shallow, stamped steel factory unit. Ford Super Duty diesels are notorious for having factory diff covers with blistered paint on them, which indicates things inside are getting pretty hot.
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