Ford's 6.4L PowerstrokesThe good and the bad
Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:58 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:31 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:03 PM
WEGMAN FARMS: 325 acres of corn, beans, oats and alfalfa crop rotation.
80 cow Holstein milking operation.
Tractors on the Farm: Case IH MX Magnum 200, MX Magnum 180, McCormick MTX 135, Case IH MX 110, IH 686 D312 diesel, Farmall DX55, Farmall Super M, stage II, Case 650 dozer. Case IH 2144 combine. Run Red
My Tractors: 1972 IH 1066, 1957 Farmall 350, 1950 Farmall H, Cub Cadet 100, Cub Cadet 682. Cub Cadet 149, 1951 Massey Harris 44, 350 V-8 conversion tractor.
SEARCHING FOR: International 966 Diesel. Serial number: 29192
Gone but not forgotten: International 3088 open station w/ Elwood MFD
Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:00 AM
Allis-Chalmers Products: 8050 MFD, 701 running gear
Kubota M9000, the other orange.....
White 8100 planter
Great Plains 1500 NT drill
Hardi Ranger sprayer
In the conversion stages to all no-till.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:42 AM
Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:21 AM
The 6.4 is a hot rod when tuned! Delete the dpf and get a tuner that will support that mod. Fuel economy will go up greatly with those mods. Yes it will cost about a grand but if you plan on keeping it awhile it will pay off in the long run. Look for milage to go from 10ish upto 16-18ish depending on driving style. I wouldn't expect a 6.4 to go a million miles like a 7.3 but 400-500k would be a reasonable expectation. Also block off or delete the egr coolers. The egr cooler is not as big of a problem on the 6.4 as it was on the 6.0 but I'm still leary of them on anything!
I just talked to a guy at work today that has a 2009. He has done everything you just said. An has had the same results you talked about. He is VERY happy with his choose of truck. He was a Dodge/Cummins guy for a long time too. He said with the mod's he has do it runs like a beast. Thanks
Posted 26 April 2012 - 11:37 AM
Yes, I'd prefer a Cummins, but there is no way I'd own another Chrystler product, a great engine is useless when the rest of the vehicle is falling apart around it.
As to the PowerStrokes - until this most recent Ford built one that hasn't been out long enough to prove anything good or bad, there hasn't been much good to say since the 7.3, and then you're talking about a 10+ year old truck.
With current fuel prices, if a 6.4 is only going to get 10 to 14 MPG, myself, I think I'd buy a gasser of some sort that will get 7 to 12 - the entry price will be lower & the maintenance is much cheaper. The diesels are fun, and if pulling trailers 75% of the time, are the only way to go, but $50 oil changes and $3000 for a set of injectors make it hard to justify in my mind.