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Pela Motorsports Stage 1 Upgrade System

Power Stroke Performance

Chris HamiltonPhotographer, Writer

Ford's infamous 6.0L diesel Power Stroke engine was designed to replace the larger 7.3L motor that was bolted in the previous line of Ford trucks. Ford received a lot of heat while the kinks were worked out of the 6.0L Power Stroke design and even issued a few recalls. Once the bugs were dealt with and the owners were happy, the Power Stroke brand came back strong and continued to outsell a number of other brands and powerplants on the market. The 365-cid direct-injection motor puts out around 365 hp from the factory with around 560 lb-ft of torque. With power like this, you could tow just about anything you could put behind it. The guys at Pela Motorsports like to prove that these engines can handle a whole lot more than that.

Pela Motorsports in Jupiter, Florida, specializes in all things high-performance with a focus on diesel buildups. Adam Pela has been modifying, repairing, and racing some of the baddest diesel trucks on the east coast. He will accept any challenge thrown his way. So when Adam "A-Bomb" Kearns of Jupiter picked up this used '06 Ford F-250 Power Stroke, he took it straight to the open bay at Pela Motorsports for the company's Stage 1 upgrade on the 6.0L motor.

Significant drivability improvements, including mileage increases and around a 40-50 rwhp increase, are just a few advantages of the Stage 1 upgrade system. Included in this kit is a 5-inch aluminum exhaust system that replaces the factory pipes from the turbo, all the way back. The next piece is a replacement high-flow air intake that allows these engines to suck more air for noticeable horsepower gains and improved acceleration. The last step to this system is in the brain of the truck, where a custom Pela Motorsports tune with Sniper software will dial in the 6.0L. All of these upgrades can be performed in a driveway with some basic tools, but if you are in the area we recommend you take it to Pela and let him work his magic.