First off, I want to apologize if this isn't in the correct forum. I tried to find a distinct location for project logs, but I was unable to find a definitive location.
Now, on to the truck!
I'll preempt this by stating that I'm an automotive enthusiast who enjoys HPDE's. After years of getting more and more involved with racing, I kept modifying my car to suit a higher performance standard. Now, I used
to drive my car to the track, do a bit of racing, then drive the car home. This wasn't terrible, but it always left me a bit nervous in case anything happened at the track. This is where the truck comes in. I did a bunch of research, and throughout my life I had better experiences with Ford then the alternatives... and I have an uncle that is a pretty big supporter of their products.
So, I picked up a 2000 Ford F-350 Super Duty Extended Cab Lariat Dually (that's a mouthful). It only had 100,000 miles on it, and after thoroughly looking over what were considered "problem areas" by friends, family, and several forums... I think it turned out to be the best choice I could go with (without driving thousands of miles or investing a small fortune). Thus far, I'm EXTREMELY happy with the decision.
Here's a picture:
Thus far, I've only done minor things to improve its occupant comfort level. But, I plan on doing several upgrades to help prolong its life, make it more economical, and increase its overall enjoyability. I've already done some minor things to the interior to improve its durability and enjoyability:
- Weathertech floor mats
- Excursion center console with 4 cupholders
- 2003+ cupholder in-dash
- Stereo upgrades (Alpine speakers, new Headunit, etc...)
My plans, thus far, are thus:
- DP Tuner Infinity-DX
with EGT sensor and 3 tunes (80hp Economy, 20hp Tow, and 100hp Performance)
- Magnaflow 4" Turbo-back exhaust
- RiffRaff CCV relocate kit
- Ford AIS Cold Air Intake
- Transmission cooler and filter setup
- Coolant filter
- Hutch Mod
- 2003+ Ford Superduty exterior mirrors (heater and signals)
- Line-X bedliner
- Retractable tonneau cover (still undecided on company, Pace Edwards
- Curt Fifth Wheel
- Marinco mod for the block heater
- Golden Fuel Systems
- Stainless brake lines
- Hawk SD
- Probably going to use some ATE Super Blue, if it won't hurt the braking system
Now, after all that garble...
I would love for fellow 7.3L TD owners to throw in their opinions for the products I've listed above, or alternatives they enjoy. I'm rather new to this big of a vehicle, this type of engine, and Ford in itself. But, I'm far from new to vehicles and their overall construction. I built my race car myself, and I'm rather quick to learning new things.
Other then that, I'm glad to be here, and I love my truck.