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Upgrades and Aftermarket - 99 & up 7.3L Engine Upgrading or adding OEM or aftermarket equipment to your 1999-Up Super Duty or Excursion with 7.3L Power Stroke diesel engine. Please confine discussion of topics in this forum to those items that are specific to the 7.3L Power Stroke engine.

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Old 03-17-2009, 09:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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best mods for 7.3

I own a 2002 7.3 and already have put on a k&n intake and a magnaflow dual exhaust, i had been using my dads superchips tuner for a while but he wants it back now, i was wondering what everyone thinks are the best mods to do now? i heard the edge evolution was a good programmer. also looking at injectors, waste gate actuator, bigger turbo
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Old 03-17-2009, 04:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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STOP! do not start thinking injectors, turbo etc... until you understand that you have PMR's in that motor and unless you want to pull it to put better rods in... it's best, cheaper, and easier to just stick with a chip.

Anything is pretty much more powerful then that superchips... DP Tuner, Swamps, Tony Wildman, Diesel Innovations, Elite, Innovative etc all offer better custom tuning then that superchips.
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Old 03-17-2009, 06:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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id agree go easy,you do have pmrs,my truck has a bts chip,tymar intake exhaust,a few small mods.it runs great.i have considered stage one injectors,but if you play you might have to pay.so id say call cale at bts(brians truck shop)he can get you a chip that will wake up your 7.3,i promise.
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Get rid of that K&N air filter. There's plenty of stories with dusted motors running that air filter. The K&N flows lots of air because it's full of big holes if you look closely. Those don't stop dirt.

Get a good programmer like DP Tuner, upgrade the exhaust, put a shift kit in, tranny cooler, tymar or other intake, gauges, etc. Get what I got, you'll be pretty happy with it.

My next step will probably be replacing the HPOP with a pulse pump or something slightly better than the OE one. Then you'll have more top-end rpm pull on such settings as 120race and 140aggressive. Even the 80Econo setting would benefit from more injector oil pressure on WOT.
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If you have a full K&N intake system you should be fine....The problems are with the drop in filters, which don't seal correctly in the box, thus dusting your turbo...I had it happen once myself:).
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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thanks for all the info guys, i have the complete K&N intake, but i have heard before that people have had issues with it. my main problem is picking a chip/tuner, everyone i have talked to has recommend a different one
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:11 AM   #7 (permalink)
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what do u mean by PMR's?
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what do u mean by PMR's?

powderd metal rods. They are weak. The early 7.3's came with forged rods which are much better...
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The chip tuners with remote-mounted switch like DP tuner are the only ones you can shift programs on-the-fly while driving vs most OBD tuners where you have to stop on the side of the road for a minute and upload a new tune (yes, there are some exceptions to that rule). Instant program changes are great for changing from economy to race mode at the light. Also, starting the motor when it's cold in the morning keeps it cackling a lot quieter on stock tune vs performance tune. Easier on the motor till she warms up. So... very useful IMHO.
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x2 on the DP tuner. Great, nothing bad to say about it, and much more power than any canned tunes.
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I also have a '02. I had a superchips tuner but i sold it because they do not support the customer. I have heard nothing but great things about DP Tuner. I have emailed Jody and he offers complete answers and lots of options. I am ordering an F6 in a week or two. BTS also has excellent customer service and they also have a chip that has many options. You need to get a full set of gauges if you don't already have them. If you have the 4r100 auto I would also get a 6.0 cooler. Get a trans temp gauge because the factory one in the 02 and later is a joke and will not tell you anything until you need to replace the trans due to overheat!
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correct....bts or dp is the best way to fly!!!!!!!!!!
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original 4r100 tranny....220k and counting
knock on wood....
red elc good for 150k
4r100 1-2 2-3 3-4sonnax accumulator valves,.427 sonnax line pressure mod valve
4.125"yes thats 4 1/8" diy tymar intake(size matters...lol)
AIH delete,ccv delete,zoodad mod,
4" exhaust no muff
built my own leafs for 4.0 of lift!!!!!!
18" xd bronze revolvers with 325 nittos to wrap them
isspro pyro and boost guages on pillar mount....
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I used to have the superchips flashpaq, and I also had the microtuner, and the difference between either of those and the DP is night and day.
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2002 F350 XL RC/LB Pro Comp 6.5" Lift, 37"x13.5" SuperSwamper M16s, Stage II's, GTP38 turbo, DP Tuner, AFE intake, 5" exhaust, JW Slush Box, AIH Delete, CCV Mod, Zoodad mod, 5.6k mod, FPR Shim, ATS Flex Plate, ATS Torque Converter, AirDog FP-150, Fluidampr.

2006 Ram 2500 QC/SB Smarty, 5" straight pipe, edge, Leveling kit, 35x13.5" mickey ATZs

2006 International CXT DT466 300 hp 860 tq Diablo powerpuck, 6" straight pipe into 7" single stack


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I've narrowed my decision down to the BTS or DP, but if go with the DP should i only got to 120hp as my highest setting? and whats up with the whole 120hp with codes or just 120hp?
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2008 f-550 6.4 45 miles also stock for now, still have to assemble
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Here is the infrom from DP-Tuners site. Basically the codes tunes don't throw the BS codes when you romp on it. It will give you codes when something is failing like a sensor. Also it will flash the SES light when you go beyond 23-25 psi which normally the truck will de-fuel and you will loose power until it gets below 24 psi or so. The SES light will go out in a mile or two once you let off, If this is annoying to you put in a boost fooler before the map sensor(easy and cheap)

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120 hp Race- recommended for a stock Super Duty as the highest hp level with stock injectors. To utilize the full potential of the tune it is highly recommended to make some modification to the Exhaust, intake, and fuel system. Can be used with OBS trucks with some exhaust modifications but it is highly recommended to modify the injectors, fuel system and adding an intercooler to see the full potential of program.

120 hp Race Codes- Same as above but with 3 SES codes, P1211(icp<>desired, P1249(Turbo Overboost) P0478(Exhaust back pressure) preset parameters in the PCM are relaxed so the SES light is not tripped under normal driving conditions. All of the codes listed are for sensor codes. If there was an issue with the sensor or the part itself the SESĀ light will still be triggered.
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