Building the Ultimate, Street-Driven 7.3L Ford Power Stroke
Tried and True
While we have to admit that seeing enthusiasts push the 7.3L Power Stroke’s stock bottom end to 600 rwhp and beyond in recent years has been fun to watch, there is simply no way to tell how long one will stay together. Some handle the abuse for years, and others fail catastrophically within a few thousand miles. For this reason, we’re bringing you a bulletproof buildup of the tried-and-true 444ci-based V-8 this month. The goal is to build a daily driveable, 100,000-mile-capable, 600- to 650-rwhp ’02 Super Duty.
"Some handle the abuse for years, and others fail catastrophically within a few thousand miles. For this reason, we’re bringing you a bulletproof buildup of the tried-and-"
Creating a high-horsepower yet durable 7.3L starts with a sound bottom end. For that, Unlimited Diesel Performance of Bremen, Ohio, got the call. The folks there took care of all the machine work done to the block, as well as porting and polishing the heads, and also supplied a set of 400/200 injectors. The one twist in this build is that the truck gets shifted via a ZF-6 six-speed manual transmission. So needless to say, careful turbocharger selection and custom-tailored PCM tuning was key in making the finished product as streetable as possible. Read on to see the route we took in building the ultimate, street-driven 7.3L Power Stroke.
DieselSiteCrystal River, FL 34429
Brian's Truck ShopLead Hill, AZ 72544
Gearhead Automotive Performance979-703-7338
Unlimited Diesel Performance740-569-1319
ATI RacingBaltimore, MD 21207
Irate Diesel Performance503-804-8900
R&R Racing Products815-465-6741