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2008 Ford F250 Powerstroke Buildup - 500HP Power Stroke Upgrades

We Take A Virgin '08 F-250 And Get It Ready For The Dyno And Track

Jason Sands
Jun 1, 2009
Photographers: Jason Sands
Photo 2/13   |   In stock form, this '08 Ford made 259 hp. With an intake, exhaust, and Innovative Diesel's race tune uploaded to the SCT programmer, the 6.4L rocked the rollers at DC Performance to the tune of 511 hp and 972 lb-ft. Inertia dynamometers are notorious for not loading diesel trucks as much as regular driving so the real power number might be even higher.
The 6.4L Power Stroke engine found in '08-and-newer Ford Super Dutys is one of the most advanced diesels on the market today. From its compound turbos and piezo injectors, to its robust construction, the 6.4L Ford just screams performance potential. There's no doubt these engines hide a bunch of horsepower in stock form. They have to meet various noise and emissions regulations in order to be sold to the public, which limits the amount of horsepower they can make from the factory. Just how much horsepower was left on the table? We decided to find out and partnered up with a local reader who was willing to put his bone-stock '08 Ford F-250 under the knife with only 800 miles on the odometer.
First on the list was an improved tune, courtesy of Innovative Diesel. Innovative performs custom tunes using SCT Livewire on modified 6.0L and 6.4L Fords. With a lot more fuel and air going through the engine thanks to Innovative's race tune, we then focused on upgrading the intake and exhaust. Since our goal was to make as much power as possible, we contacted Performance Truck Products for a straight-pipe exhaust kit from FloPro Performance Mufflers. This kit replaces the diesel particulate filter and catalyst with a straight-pipe. Removal of the catalyst and DPF makes the truck illegal for on-highway use, which is why we limited our testing to the dragstrip and dyno. The benefit of this modification is the particulate filter won't get clogged anymore, and the truck will no longer have to go into its fuel-sapping regeneration mode. We also opted for an S&B Filters air intake kit, which would allow 29 percent more airflow into our engine. We'll walk you through the install process for the intake, exhaust, and tuner, and then it's off to the dyno and the track to see how the truck really performs.
50 Percent Better Fuel Economy!
Despite the off-road nature of these modifications (except the intake, which is 50-state legal), there are some 6.4L-powered Ford owners who are driving on the street with similar setups, and they're reporting very impressive mileage gains. A normal Power Stroke-powered F-250 or F-350 will get about 10 to 12 mpg city, 14 to 15 mpg highway, and 8 to 9 mpg during heavy towing. With a straight-pipe, tuner, and intake, owners are reporting 15 to 17 mpg city, 20 to 23 mpg highway, and 12 to 14 mpg while towing!

2015 Ford F-250 Specifications

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Fair Market Price $29,960
MSRP $31,810
Editors' Overall Rating
Mileage N/A City / N/A Highway
Engine 6.2L V8
Horse Power 385 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 405 ft lb of torque @ 4,500 rpm
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Sources

Performance Truck Products
Tomball, TX 77375
821-516-4644
www.performancetruckproducts.com
DC Performance
Los Angeles, CA 90034
310-841-6996
www.dcperformance.com
Diesel Innovations
www.dieselinnovations.com
FloPro Performance Mufflers
www.flopro.com
Innovative Diesel
www.innovativediesel.com
S&B Air Filters
800-358-2639
www.sbfilters.com
SCT Automotive Performance Products
www.sctflash.com

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