I am very late to this but I can say with full confidence that these trucks are making a comeback as the aftermarket support grows. I work on them as a side gig outside of work, and I’m seeing more and more of them around town. I get that the majority of the members here are not on social media like some of the younger members are but idi’s are all over my feed. They may not be as popular as PowerStrokes or cummins’ but those platforms have had vast performance support from the get go and our idi’s have only just broken through the ice.You're dreaming.
30 years ago the IDI was the bees knees. There were a number of corporations that offered a host of aftermarket parts with next day availability. Ideas on power and economy were abuzz, and people were very active about the platform. Now you have a handful of niche vendors that have uncertain lead times, with only a few people are active about them. Most questions here are about repair and maintenance, not power/performance.
Yes, there will always be a community for them, as you've seen with your caddy. That community has flourished in the last decade as people became more familiar and frequently use the internet. Unfortunately, the number of IDI's on the road continue to decline every day. As newer and newer trucks come out with more and more power, these old dinosaurs are unfortunately going to become less and less common.
Argue it if you want, but 30 years ago IDI fords were on every corner of America. You want to make that claim now?
I lurk the FB groups and its even worse than the forum, although amusing watching @IDIoit stir people up+1
On the old "p i r a t e 4x4" ( R.I.P. )
We would flame that crap right outta you, cept for Tuesday, This was newbie freebie day.
Cuz "how do I fit 35" tires on my yota ?" EveryDAY gets old purty quickly.
But instant gratification it is.
Partly why forums are dieing....