May 25th 2022
Ford 6.7L Power Stroke Diesel Replacement Turbocharger Options
Ford’s 6.7L Power Stroke diesel launched for the 2011 model year, replacing the short-lived 6.4L. The engine, named “Scorpion” internally, is the first diesel engine designed in-house by Ford (excluding any miserable non-turbo diesels from some European-spec Fiesta or something), after sourcing engines from International and Navistar for nearly 20 years. Since this engine was designed exclusively for use in the Super Duty pickups and wouldn’t also be used in things like box trucks and school buses, things like fuel economy and NVH could take a higher priority, making it a little nicer to live with day-to-day while still keeping the same capabilities.
The 6.7 Power Stroke has been in production for over a decade now and has seen some updates during that time to address issues and remain competitive with the Dodge Ram Cummins and GM’s Duramax diesel V8. Many of these updates are directly related to the turbocharger, though they all use a variable-geometry Garrett turbo that’s designed to mimic a smaller A/R ratio at low RPM for a quick response, then open up at higher RPMs to make more top-end power. One common issue on any diesel engine with a VGT turbo is that small moving parts inside the exhaust housing of the turbo can get choked up with soot after a while; the turbo is well upstream of any exhaust emissions devices, so it’s just getting blasted with pure, unfiltered diesel exhaust for years.
One note that applies to all years of 6.7 diesel - There is one version of the turbo for “retail” F-250, F-350 and F-450 pickups sold at any Ford dealership, another for F-350, F-450 and F-550 Cab & Chassis trucks sold through Ford Commercial dealers, and they are not interchangeable. Contrary to popular belief, the pickup trucks actually make more power than the commercial versions, presumably so they can keep advertising higher horsepower numbers in those commercials where you see them pulling logs with a chain and dumping a bunch of rocks into the bed from 12 feet up. After the 2020 refresh, the Super Duty pickup makes 1050 lb-ft of torque, which is slightly more than 7 Subaru Crosstreks.
Because of all the replacement options available, we’ve made this guide to help you find the correct replacement turbo for your PowerStroke 6.7L Diesel.
2011-2014 F-250, F-350 & F-450 Pickup (Non-Cab & Chassis)
This turbo is a unique design that Garrett calls a “single sequential”, that’s designed to replicate the effect of a compound or sequential twin-turbo setup in a single turbocharger assembly. There are two inlets and two compressor wheels on the intake side of the turbo, in theory to reduce turbo lag, but flowing that much air through a single turbo can lead to accelerated bearing failure due to how fast the compressor wheels will spin – a problem that can be exacerbated by trying to flow even more air through it via breathing mods or a tune.
Our best option for this specific application is our own remanufactured turbo, because it replaces the ceramic ball bearings on the exhaust side of the turbo with stainless steel bearings, which hold up a lot better under exhaust heat. We also offer a brand new, genuine OEM Garrett, which still uses the ceramic bearings on both sides.
Click here for a remanufactured turbo with a two year warranty: Turbochargers Direct Remanufactured OEM Turbo For 2011-2014 Ford F-250 F-350 F-450 Power Stroke 6.7L Diesel TUR-100023-TDR
Click here for a brand new, genuine OEM Garrett turbo with a one year warranty: New Genuine Garrett 851824-5001S Turbocharger For 2011-2014 Ford F-250 F-350 F-450 Power Stroke 6.7L Diesel TUR-100023-GTN
Click here to order a gasket kit that works with either replacement option: Ford 6.7L Turbocharger Installation Gasket Kit
2015-2016 F-250, F-350 & F-450 Pickup (Non-Cab & Chassis)
Unlike most Power Stroke turbos, which have both the oil feed and oil return lines going up through the pedestal into the bottom of the turbo’s center section, this one uses an external oil line that loops up to the top. Ford dealers no longer sell this turbo – if you take one of these trucks to the dealer for a turbocharger replacement, they will install the 2017-2019 turbo, along with a new pedestal that deletes that external oil line and feeds oil up through the pedestal, just like every PowerStroke before. If you have one of these trucks that you bought used, it might be worth taking a look at your turbo and looking for that external oil line to see if this update has been performed before ordering a replacement. Both versions have an external coolant feed line, meaning the original 2015-2016 turbo has two lines going into the top of the turbo, and the 2017-2019 update only has one.
Our only 2015-2016 specific replacement that retains the external oil line is a brand new, genuine OEM Garrett with a one year, unlimited mileage warranty, available here: New Genuine OEM Garrett AVNT3788 Turbocharger For 2015-2016 Ford F-250 F-350 F-450 6.7L PowerStroke TUR-103457-GTN
We have the gaskets for this turbo available here: 2015-2016 Super Duty Pickup Turbo Installation Kit
We also have a complete kit available that retrofits the 2017-2019 turbo to 2015-2016 pickups, including the pedestal and coolant line, available here: New Turbochargers Direct Replacement Turbo For 2015-16 Ford F-250 F-350 & F-450 Pickup 6.7L TUR-103457-TDN
2011-2016 F-350, F-450 & F-550 Cab & Chassis (W/O Pickup Bed)
All 2011-2016 Cab & Chassis models use the same turbo and pedestal. We have two replacement options available for this one:
Click here for a remanufactured turbo with a two-year warranty and the same upgraded bearings as mentioned above: Turbochargers Direct Remanufactured OEM Turbo For 2011-2016 Ford F-350 F-450 F-550 6.7L Cab & Chassis TUR-100038-TDR
Click here for a brand new, genuine OEM Garrett turbo with a one-year warranty: New Genuine Garrett GT3276LRVA Turbocharger For 2011-2016 Ford F-350 F-450 F-550 6.7L Cab & Chassis TUR-100038-GTN
Click here to order a gasket kit that works with either replacement option: 2011-2016 Super Duty Cab & Chassis Turbo Installation Kit
2017-2019 F-250, F-350 & F-450 Pickup (Non-Cab & Chassis)
Click here for a brand new aftermarket turbo with a two-year warranty: New Turbochargers Direct Replacement AVNT3788 Turbo For 2017-2019 Ford F-250 F-350 F-450 6.7L Power Stroke TUR-103458-TDN
Click here for a brand new, genuine OEM Garrett turbo with a one-year warranty: New Genuine OEM Garrett AVNT3788 Turbocharger For 2017-2019 Ford F-250 F-350 F-450 6.7L Power Stroke Diesel TUR-103458-GTN
Click here for a gasket kit that works with either replacement option: 2017-2019 Super Duty Pickup Turbo Installation Kit
2017-2019 F-350, F-450 & F-550 Cab & Chassis (W/O Pickup Bed)
Click here for a brand new, genuine OEM Garrett turbo with a one-year warranty: New Genuine OEM Garrett AVNT3582 Turbocharger For 2017-2019 Ford F-350 F-450 F-550 Cab & Chassis TUR-103223-GTN
Click here for a gasket kit: 2017-2019 Super Duty Cab & Chassis Turbo Installation Kit
In addition to all these options we have for the 6.7L Power Stroke, we also have a full range of replacement turbos for 7.3L, 6.0L and 6.4L models as well – new or remanufactured, OEM or aftermarket – plus turbos for anything else that had one from the factory. Contact us for knowledgeable assistance in getting the correct turbo!