A 650HP 6.7L Power Stroke That’s Built for Any Occasion
Despite what the diehard competition crowd would have you believe, a mildly modified, late-model diesel truck can still do it all—and the 6.7L Power Stroke is no exception. Take Nic Hill’s ’14 F-350 for example. After lugging an enclosed trailer around Monday through Friday, you can either find his Super Duty hooked to a 38-foot, triple-axle toy hauler or a 40,000-pound sled on the weekends. In more inclement weather, it’s not out of the ordinary to find a Western MVP 3 V-plow hanging off the front of it. And—as further proof that his Ford is fit for any occasion—it often serves as the family hauler.
Thanks to running some of the best go-fast and suspension parts in the industry, Nic’s Ford is the perfect example of what the 6.7L Power Stroke is capable of.
High-Flow, ’15-style VGT
After taking delivery of the Lariat trim crew cab in the summer of ’13, Hill knew what the 6.7L Power Stroke was capable of, but he decided to wait until the bumper-to-bumper warranty ran out before ratcheting up its performance. When it was go-time, he contacted Midwest Diesel & Auto for one of its premium retrofit turbo kits and the restrictive factory turbocharger went by the wayside. Its replacement—a Streetmax X—is based on the ’15-newer style variable geometry Garrett GT37 and makes use of a billet 66mm compressor wheel.
Duel Fuelers & Upgraded Low-Pressure System
With the factory Bosch piezoelectric injectors capable of supporting 650 rwhp, they went untouched. However, the CP4.2 would need help maintaining rail pressure and the OEM lift pump would have to be replaced with a higher flowing unit. A Dual Fueler system from Midwest Diesel & Auto adds a belt-driven CP3 to the high-pressure equation, while one of H&S Motorsports’ low-pressure fuel systems ensures consistent delivery is always on hand for the injection pumps.
Fit & Function
To guarantee the truck performs as good as it looks, a host of One Up Offroad suspension components are employed. Up front, a pair of OUO’s adjustable coil levelers provide a 2.5-inch increase in ride height, while adjustable link arms with chromoly joints keep the Dana 60 located under load. Further front end upgrades include a formed axle truss that accommodates a dual steering stabilizer setup. Out back, a Detroit Truetrac keeps both rear wheels digging, and One Up’s long-gusset traction bars, which tie into a pair of 5-inch traction blocks, eliminate axle wrap.
Thanks to running some of the best go-fast and suspension parts in the industry, Nic Hill’s Ford is the perfect example of what the 6.7L Power Stroke is capable of. Once a few weak links are addressed on the ’11-14 Super Duty, it becomes a real contender in today’s high-powered diesel world. Trust us—stock-like drivability and reliability at 650 hp is nothing to scoff at. Of course, the truck’s paint-matched bumpers, grille surround and well-placed Specialty Forged wheels don’t hurt matters, either. A true all-in-one package (performance, versatility, ride quality, and looks), nothing is over the top in this build. Rather, everything is just right.
2014 Ford F-350
Owner: Nic Hill
Hometown: Eureka, Illinois
Odometer: 96,000 miles
Engine: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8
Fuel: Midwest Diesel & Auto Dual Fueler Kit (Fleece CP3K over factory Bosch CP4.2), H&S Motorsports Low-Pressure Fuel System
Air: Midwest Diesel & Auto Premium Retrofit Turbo Kit with stainless steel intake piping, Midwest Diesel & Auto Streetmax X 66mm turbo, No Limit Fabrication Stage 2 intake
Tuning: Performance Calibrations Inc. custom tuning via H&S MCC software, H&S Mini Maxx monitor
Transmission: Factory 6R140 TorqShift automatic
Horsepower: 650-rwhp (est.)
Torque: 1,300 lb-ft (est.)
Tires: 35×12.50×22 Toyo Open Country M/T
Wheels: 22×10 Specialty Forged SF016
Axles: Detroit Truetrac (rear), One Up Offroad formed front axle truss, One Up Offroad front and rear differential covers
Suspension/Steering: One Up Offroad adjustable link arms with EMF chromoly joints, dual steering stabilizers, Icon adjustable track bar, One Up Offroad long gusset traction bars with 5-inch/5-degree traction blocks, 2.5-inch adjustable coil levelers, Fox 2.0 Performance Series shocks (front and rear)