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How-To: Tow With a Modified Diesel

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Towing with a modified diesel is the only way to go. With the right combination of parts, you’ll be able to get loads to move quicker, stop faster, and run as reliably as a stock truck. The best advice we can give is to look in your mirrors frequently, keep an eye on the trailer, and make sure your powertrain temperatures remain in check (EGT, coolant, and transmission). After all, the primary reason we install gauges in our A-pillars is to ensure we avoid a meltdown.

Built To Tow
The ride while pulling a trailer is actually smoother in most 3/4- and 1-ton pickups. This is because you’re now using your truck for what it was designed to do. You’ll also notice that a loaded trailer calms down the firm shifts your aftermarket automatic transmission might typically make.

As for our ’97 F-350, towing in bone-stock form was pitiful. We had virtually zero fuel on tap to light the truck’s 60mm turbo. Throw in the fact that our stock Garrett turbocharger had a loose, 1.15 A/R turbine housing, and we could literally count to three before it was spooled—not a good thing for freeway merging! With our combination of 238/80 hybrid injectors, an electric lift pump, Adrenaline high-pressure oil pump, six-position chip, 66mm turbo, and built E4OD, we’ve got plenty of juice on tap to get 10,000 pounds rolling with ease. We simply run the truck in its heavy-tow setting to keep everything cool, watch our surroundings (and other drivers), and let the truck do the rest. Last but not least, our reliable Tekonsha brake controller allows us to stop safely.

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24 comments
Perry Stiwalt
Perry Stiwalt

All Diesels were great to own and drive before 2005 there all junk now thanks to EPA idea of improvements example, DEF, EGR, Yeah go on and get some trouble!!!

Jeremy Nelson
Jeremy Nelson

Sweet Chevy. Back from when they made good trucks. I see late 60's early 70's GM trucks all the time. All the Fords rusted out a couple decades ago. But I'd take an OBS Powerstroke over any GM diesel. It's the next best thing to a Cummins.

Jamey Dennison
Jamey Dennison

I had a 7.3. Not even close to a duramax ......... maybe u should get behind the wheel before u speek!

Erik Pollnow
Erik Pollnow

Well diesel's are easier to be made fast and still give decent mpg, but id love to see a well modded Chevy 8.1L V8. Stock, that big block 496 produces some nice power and torque. Everyone has a decked out diesel that spews black smoke, id love to see a decked out big block v8 burning up some real smoke... from the tires!!!!

Tanner Curtis
Tanner Curtis

Disagree. Tow with what you got, not everything needs a diesel. Don't get me wrong, I love a modded diesel as much as anyone else, but you don't need one for everything.

Jamey Dennison
Jamey Dennison

Duramax with a safe tune is the way to go. No need for anything else. Been there. Done that!

Cody Pipes
Cody Pipes

me too! mine was black. 5 spd, 4 wheel drive, long bed, crew cab. a beautiful and powerful machine.

Trampas Ashton
Trampas Ashton

FORD dropping off a Crappy Chevy at local scrap metal dealer!

Corey May
Corey May

Typical Ford pulling a Chevy. Lol

William Brent Fiandt
William Brent Fiandt

Baby swamp inj and beans d66 turbo in my 97 I would have no problem towing 10k across country. Don't get me wrong I would love to have that set up it would beat mine any day of the week not to mention I would love to see the faces on the Cummins and durmax guys getting beat by a obs 7.3 :-)

Jason Brown
Jason Brown

Specs on all the parts? Suppliers? Of course it's gonna tow better when you spend as much or more on upgrades then the entire purchase price of the truck....

Gene Mack
Gene Mack

Had one just like it and loved it

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