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Old 01-30-2020, 08:53 PM   #1
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Has anyone supercharged a 6.2 gasser f250 to get more towing power?
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Old 01-31-2020, 01:15 PM   #2
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Today's engines are pretty darn good straight from the factory. They deliver levels of performance only dreamed about decades ago. And they are generally reliable, even with the added load of towing.

Unless a major performance modification, such as supercharging, is done by a very knowledgeable person/company, with well engineered components, the reliability will likely suffer. Add the stress of towing, and you just might have a hand grenade.

I've been there, done that. It takes knowledge, patience and money. On a tow vehicle, my personal, biased opinion is don't do it!
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Old 01-31-2020, 01:27 PM   #3
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Has anyone supercharged a 6.2 gasser f250 to get more towing power?
To get more power....for what end result?
  • Higher torque?
  • Better fuel efficiency?
  • Off the line 0-60 towing uphill?
  • Maintaining speed at 75mph?
  • Low RPM grunt?

Tell us more about what you're towing and the perceived inferiority of your truck that necessitates....MORE POWER!!!

For more power, a fair price and "Made in the USA", my go to has always been the Binford 6100 series.
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Old 01-31-2020, 03:20 PM   #4
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One thing for sure, more power equals more gas.
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Old 01-31-2020, 04:32 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reply’s. I am currently towing a tt @ 8000# and want to upgrade to a 5er @ 12700# 8000# pulls great even up steep grades. I am concerned that the 4000+# might need more power to maintain going up steep grades. I was thinking whipple supercharger being installed at a shop that does superchargers all day long. I am thinking $15000 is better than a new truck?
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Realistically, if towing in the 12k+ range, your money will be much better spent on a diesel.

As much as I love the 6.2 and am a staunch advocate for towing with a gasser, towing often above the 10k lbs mark you should really be looking at a 1 ton diesel. The 3/4 ton trucks really have a narrow bandwidth of what they are good at. Due to their mass, they handle a 7k+ trailer much better than their 1/2 ton counterpart; however, the gasser 3/4 tons have their limits with how much weight they can tow. Once you push 10k+, the diesel (1 ton for adequate payload) is the right tool for the job.

We also have no idea on the current gearing of your truck. Is it the 3.73 or 4.30? The 4.30 would be preferred.
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How many miles does the truck have on it ????

Personally I think that you will spend the $ on the supercharger then end up buying another truck. Just an opinion.


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3.73 thank you for your advice
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I am thinking $15000 is better than a new truck?
I'm not sure if that price is worse, or the mileage you'll be getting afterwards. Superchargers take a lot of power to spin up which is why turbochargers are more common.
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So, I don't know how old your truck is, or how many miles are on it etc.. I would personally do a cost/benefit analysis to see if spending 15 grand on a supercharger would REALLY be cheaper than upgrading the truck.


You should discuss with whomever is going to do the upgrade and that the supercharger will give you the performance you're looking for. I am on the side that a 10K+ trailer, you would be happier overall with a diesel. But, that's me.



I would imagine you would be looking for more torque than horsepower. Once you are "up to speed", I would think the supercharger will not be of much benefit. So, whatever you choose should fit that need. But, then again, you're the one who would shell out the bucks, so it's really up to you.


If your truck is relatively new, you might be able to sell it, and put the proceeds plus the 15 grand into a newish diesel. If the truck is old and has a lot of miles, adding a supercharger could hasten the engines demise.


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Thanks for all the support. I think I might just try and find a 5er around the 10,000 # range and be happy
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About 18 months ago, a friend of mine fell into a free belt driven ProCharger off a vette where the owner wanted to go back to stock. All I needed was the right adapter plate for my 5.3 in my Silverado. I called up ProCharger and spent 20 minutes with the Owner and he told me it was foolish in an effort to eke out an extra 30 or 40 hp and ft pounds. He said if I wanted a stoplight racer sure. But this was not the way to go for easy throttle applications like trailer pulling. WOT, sure. So, I figure when the guy who makes a livin off superchargers tells you something, you should listen. Oh well. I decided it wasn't even worth the ultra decent $500 price ($3,000 retail) to experiment.
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Actually what makes a diesel great is the turbocharger, not as much the diesel fuel. Diesels hardly gained in popularity until they added that turbo. That said, turbo charging the gas motor would be my choice over superchargers except on the GM LS motors (4.8, 5.3, 5.7, 6.0, 6.2, 6.6) because there are inexpensive factory superchargers on the market.
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Old 02-02-2020, 01:24 AM   #15
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If you add a supercharger. It would have to be tuned to what your going to use it for. On the LS motors @ 300-350 hp stock would take them in the 525-550 hp range. But need to be tuned to off the line or towing. I looked in to it for my 2003 Silverado 6.0. Was going to cost $4500-5000 before tuning.
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Imo the best money to be spent with your current truck for improvement while towing would be to change out the differential gears...
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...about the ProCharger... I should explain that all I thought I needed was an additional 40 hp,, to go from 320 to 360 but the added ft/lbs would have been the be the real help. That was my goal: 30-40 of each, hp and T. I already knew I could get that thru ADDING a tuner, K&N Intake plus headers and 2.5" dual exhaust easily.
Initially, when my friend got the Procharger and it was for sale, thought I could spin the Procharger moderately, all the time, to give me a similar boost in torque & power and for the $500 it was gonna cost ME, come out cheaper than a tuner and pipes. Oh well, this supercharger just would not do what I wanted. It would have given me "at least" another hundred hp WOT, sure, but didn't need that. Just my story. Been there, chose not to do that. Until I get a different TV, I have to tow flat-lands.
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Imo the best money to be spent with your current truck for improvement while towing would be to change out the differential gears...
This is your best option. I would have the factory 4.30 gears put in your truck.
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