Big Blue Part 3

BD Diesel Performance Upgrade

Published in the April 2012 Issue April 2012 Feature Brady L. Kay

The 2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty project is all about taking this strong 7.3L engine and creating a fuel-efficient, towing machine. With so many 7.3L engines still running strong, we wanted to show that with a few specific upgrades you could take an older Ford and breathe new life into her. At least that's what we told ourselves when we decided to actually search for this truck. What we found was this Super Duty, which we quickly dubbed Big Blue, based on its raised look and color. The first installment of this series started in the October 2011 issue when we took care of a few cosmetic needs.

Recap Part I

In the October issue we added a boost gauge as well as an EGT gauge from Prosport's Premium series, gave Big Blue new Hankook tires from its Dynapro series as well as added the Off-Road, 326 Gloss Black Machined Face wheels that are part of the V-TEC line from Vision Wheel.

Other quick upgrades included a Diversi-Tech locking hitch, as well as the BedStep and BedStep 2 from AMP Research that really make getting in the bed of the truck easy now.

Recap Part II

Back in the Winter issue we added a beefier starter and alternator from Mean Green Industries, an aFe Power intake and exhaust, plus a performance chip from Wide Open Performance. The six tune chip is set up for towing, economy, daily driving and racing, as well as stock and high idle.

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