Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Spokane, WA
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Re: Cummins 4BT Performance
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Have you thought about the 4.5 liter baby stroke. That would give you alot more oomph and will probably last longer since they are specifically made for those type of stop and go applications as our autos. Dual exhaust out the back.
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Considered, but I don't want to spend more for the engine than for the truck. Also, I was seriously hoping to get away from the electronics issues associated with the newer model engines (even the 6.5 liter TD, for that matter) because that ususally means finding a donor vehicle, if you don't want to mortgage your house buying everything new. Finding a donor vehicle with a 4.5L would be next to impossible, and then i would have to have a donor vehicle in the yard, and I just wouldn't like that at all... I have seen 4BT's for sale in the $3,500 range. A 4.5 baby stroke would probably end up costing me 15K at least.
I am not all that concerned with it being a drag racer. 180 HP with the amount of torque and low RPM power band you get out of these diesels would be PLENTY. At that HP level, it would probably feel pretty peppy because you would get into the power band so much faster and at lower RPM than a gasser. The 350 in the tahoes used to only make 200 HP with less torque than a comparable 4BT, and they did fine.
I am just curious if in such a light duty application, the 4BT would hold up at 180 to 200 HP. (figuring use of guages, pyrometer, etc)
'99.5 PSD 6 SPD 4x4 Extended Cab long Box F-350
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