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Opinions - What would you do - FI or Diesel ??????

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Mr.Chevy4x4, Jul 28, 2002.

  1. Mr.Chevy4x4

    Mr.Chevy4x4 1/2 ton status

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    Here is my quandry. I already have a 330 horse 350 in my K5. I also have a TPI setup but would have to buy the $400 intake to make it work with my Vortec heads. I would also have to buy a $300 wiring harness, and other odds and ends.

    On the other hand I have a very low mileage(read under 1000) 6.2 liter diesel and all of the parts necessary for its install. Along with the HUGE radiator that came in the diesel truck.

    Now, for a rig that is going to see very little street use, and a whole lot of trail use which one is better? Which will I be happier with? Opinions?

    You can see my trucks specs in the signature. I have 4.56 gears and am about to step up to 39's.

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
  2. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Fuel injection, hands down. /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     
  3. Chris Demartini

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    <font color="blue">What year is your TPI setup? I would go with the TPI. The deisel won't make as much power as the 330 HP 350 with the TPI. If you use a junkyard harness like I did, you can save a lot
     
  4. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    Sell the diesel, use the money to put the TPI on the HO 350! /forums/images/icons/cool.gif
     
  5. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Go FI and sell me the deisel...I hate on board computers./forums/images/icons/smile.gif

    Rene
     
  6. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    So did I until the first time I stomped the loud pedal with the TPI under the hood! /forums/images/icons/wink.gif Yowsa!!!! /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif
     
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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Well going fast with a SM465 is an exercise in futility and off road is more important to me. Getting good fuel economy is never a bad thing either. The diesel will lug better and also run at any angle. The only way I'd not consider a NA diesel is at higher altitudes, but I live at sea level so that isn't an issue for me.

    I am looking for a rusted out diesel 'donor'...I considered converting to propane but the tanks are the big stumbling block. There aren't very many tank locations that are viable in a K5 and the common locations leave the tank vulnerable to rocks... /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif

    Rene
     
  8. Mr.Chevy4x4

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    I've got one out of a '90 Vette with the speed density setup. I am leaning more toward the TPI.

    Thanks for the input.

    Mike
     
  9. Mr.Chevy4x4

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    It sure would be a long road trip for you to come get it Rene! Are you game??????? /forums/images/icons/grin.gif

    Mike
     
  10. Mr.Chevy4x4

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    Thanks for the input Harry, I think that is exactly what I am going to do!

    Mike
     
  11. Chris Demartini

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    <font color="blue">Mine is a speed density setup from a 91 camaro. I have a really good wiring diagram, if you want me to scan it let me know
     
  12. Mr.Chevy4x4

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    That would be super! I would really appreciate that!

    Mike
     
  13. HarryH3

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    Every time that you romp on the loud pedal, you'll be glad that you did! /forums/images/icons/cool.gif
     
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    Oh hell Mike, the drive doesn't scare me any...it'd be another fun trip. Affording to do it is another story though/forums/images/icons/frown.gif

    Rene
     
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    No question. FI all the way. You wouldnt be happy with the GM diesel after your small block.

    Ken H.
     
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    Thanks Chris!
     

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