“Nobody thinks about their flexplate until it breaks,” says Shawn Miller of PRW Industries. Because they aren’t glamorous parts – or even visible parts for that matter – flexplates are something that are rarely thought about, especially on a diesel truck. However, there is a definite shortcoming inherent to the OEM Ford flexplate, and until now, the only upgrade options were ridiculously expensive billet units.
PRW has fixed that with a middle-ground option for diesel performance enthusiasts. “These are both SFI-approved flexplates for the 7.3-liter and 6.0-liter Powerstroke. They end up being twice as thick as the factory plate, and pricing-wise they come in under $200,” Miller says. “They are made from chromoly steel with a platinum zinc coating, and will handle over 1000 lb-ft of torque with no problem.”
The greatly increased strength comes thanks to the PRW flexplate’s 4mm thickness. “The extra thickness makes them a lot stronger, and works really well for the guys who are drag racing or towing really heavy loads with a tune on it,” explains Miller. “It’s a nice balance between factory and billet for guys who need something better than stock, but aren’t going to push the truck hard enough to need a $700 billet piece.”
Modeled after the factory flexplate, the PRW units are a direct bolt-on, compatible with all of the same parts as OEM – any OE or aftermarket converter designed to work with the stock flexplate will still work with the beefed-up PRW unit, making it an extremely logical – and affordable – upgrade for diesel enthusiasts.