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'99 & up Upgrades and Aftermarket - 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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post #16 of 38 (permalink) Old 04-24-2018, 10:56 AM
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Fordman 1023 diesel offers custom tunes for the sct.

Another vote for hydra

99.5 f250 7.3 4x4- 277k FF 160/30, Hydra w/SDK Tunes, S&B CAI, 4" Exhaust, Van turbo w/Riffraff Billet wheel, Autometer Gauges, Built Trans, Trucool Max, 08 Tow Mirrors.


Dads-2000 f250 7.3 4x4- 118k K&N Intake w/Amsoil Filter, 4" Exhaust, Autometer Gauges, Superchip 1705 (Tow Safe), BD Billet Wheel, TruCool Max, 08 Tow Mirrors.
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Hydra on my 2000 f250 7.3. I've heard even their most aggressive tune is safe...even for a stock truck.
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I have a hydra. When I still had stock injectors, I would get the best performance easily out of the 140 extreme, but was a little smokey. If you keep your foot out of it and don't race around, that is also the best mileage tune.

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KC38r 366 - Adrenaline - Irate Fuel System w/ Sump - 4"Exhaust - K&N CAI w/ S&B Filter - FFD Bellowed Up Pipes - AIH Plug - RiffRaff Plenums & Boot Kit
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another vote for DP, been running his tunes longer than most.

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I can't speak on the other tuners but I can say the Hydra works very well for me. I'm in a northern climate so the 1000rpm hi idle is really nice, the extra HP tunes seem to really wake up the motor. I like the 65 hp DD tune and the fuel sipper really helped out in the mileage. I've actually surpassed 22.5 on a few occasions creeping up on 24+. 01 CCSB 4X4 auto
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Nice pic of the lie-o-meter...hand calc is all you should trust.

2000 F250 XLT 4x4 SC 7.3 w/Auto Tranny w/ TC L/U Sw & shift kit, 3 autometer gages, Super Zoodad, PHP Hydra chip, 4" DP/Exhaust w/dual 3.5" outlets, 275/70/18 Kumho AT51s on 8.5" rims, 08 AlumDiffCvr, Bilsteins, 31 row trans cooler, WW, BPV delete, AIH delete, hutch, harpoon and billet FPR (70psi), trans cooler bypass delete by accident, rear air bags, Jimmijammers.
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Not much of a comparison. Hydra is 325 and comes with tunes

DP F5 not email updateable is 520 for 6 tunes and the chip

F6 with 6 tunes is 745$!!!

The hydra and F6 are both email updateable. The hydra is open source.

The F6 says “open source” but in order to load someones tunes on it they have to send unencrypted files to DP. No one is going to send their files to them so Jody can look them over and get ideas.

You want different tunes for a hydra...the company’s emails them to you and you load them yourself.

You literally pay double for the same product from DP.

99.5 f250 7.3 4x4- 277k FF 160/30, Hydra w/SDK Tunes, S&B CAI, 4" Exhaust, Van turbo w/Riffraff Billet wheel, Autometer Gauges, Built Trans, Trucool Max, 08 Tow Mirrors.


Dads-2000 f250 7.3 4x4- 118k K&N Intake w/Amsoil Filter, 4" Exhaust, Autometer Gauges, Superchip 1705 (Tow Safe), BD Billet Wheel, TruCool Max, 08 Tow Mirrors.
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I would agree that it may not be accurate but it IS a helluva long way from the 14-15 I was getting pre tuner.
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I've had tuners that really mess with onboard fuel economy gages and give false high readings...

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I know my 97 7.3 is the generation before yours, but I used an Edge programmer in the "Safe Tow" tune (because that's what I used the truck for) and it turned it into a towing animal. That, and the installation of a Banks intercooler, Banks billeted torque converter and a whole bunch of stuff. Then I "gauged up" with an EGT gauge, tranny temp gauge, and the mostly useless boost gauge.

I just recently decided to sell it, and it breaks my heart . . .
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Sorry to bring this thread back around...just my two cents...

First you will want to get some gauges so that you can make sure you are not going to do any damage and you can see how your rig reacts/runs on different tunes etc. I have the old school gauges but there are units now that are basically a screen that you can hook to display what ever gauges you want and even pull trouble codes. Then I would get your air intake and exhaust set up so it can breathe. I went with the Ford AIS unit and a 4" exhaust. Once that is done you can get tunes. I run DP tuner in my truck. I called them told them what mods I had on my truck and they made custom tunes for towing, HP, fuel economy, etc. I have it set up so I can change tunes on the fly. Here is a run down on my rig

Black 2002 F350 XLT 4x4 Crew Cab 7.3L (build date 11-01) - Nito Trail Grappler MT 35 12.5 R18 mounted on KMC XD Monster 18x9 Wheels, 4 inch ProComp Lift w/ dual front shocks, Bilstein steering stabilizer,Red-Head Steering gear, Ranch Hand-Full replacement front/rear bumpers, Leer Camper Shell, Autometer Triple guage pillar pod with Autometer Sport Comp Pyro and boost gages, Autometer Ultra lite digital Trans temp gage, DP Tuner (60hp econo, 60hp tow, 100 hp performance) w/ in dash mounted ex switcher,Ford AIS, International bellowed up pipes, FrX, HD4r100, 6.0 tranny cooler, Stancor glow plug relay, Dieselsite Max cold, Viper 3000 alarm, RBP RX-3 Nerf bars

I would join the dieselstop.com its a free online forum with tons of info and some great people. Any time I have had an issue or question about my Truck they have been there with the answer. Many times with detailed step by step info. I joined in 2004 when I bought my truck and since that time I have gotten info on everything you could ever want to know about the 7.3 Heck in 2013 they walked me through replacing my tranny (which I did in my driveway).
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DP. The best way to go for me as well! It's how the truck should have been from the start.... There is a whole other truck inside the one you have now...
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I tried DP tunes and hated the way they performed, and wasn't happy the with service, or lack thereof, after the sale.

2002 F-250 CCLB 4x4 XLT, 7.3, ZF-6 with Midwest Short-throw shifter, ESOF, 3.73 R&P, HPx line, FRx, Racor prefilter before pump, Amsoil bypass filter, Coolant filter too
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Sorry to hear that, did you give them a chance to remedy?

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I tried DP tunes and hated the way they performed, and wasn't happy the with service, or lack thereof, after the sale.
I've had nothing but positive interactions with them.

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I've had nothing but positive interactions with them.
My experience as well. In fact, of all the businesses I deal with - I'd put them at the top in terms of customer service (as well as product quality)! I have called the office several times with a technical question and been transferred directly to Jody who walked me through whatever the issue was with skill and patience. They maintain a presence on this and other forums and respond promptly to any and all questions. I've sent multiple e-mails when getting equipment for friends and neighbors. They always respond promptly. They are one of our site sponsors as a matter of fact. I wouldn't trust my truck to anyone else.

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