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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 #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-21-2016, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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hi all,
I'm a new diesel owner and new to the site. I bought a 2001 f250 7.3l powerstroke in feb. I hauled a trailer load of person stuff from Tucson az to New Bern nc and I'm very happy with the performance. I'm curious about performance upgrades and wondering where I should start?
Thanks in advance for your help.
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Welcome to the forum. Be prepared to spend countless hours looking through the site to find all the info you will ever need for your truck. The fist question you have to ask yourself is? What do I want to do with this truck? Daily driver, tow vehicle, 1/4 mile dragster?


^^^check this out for some quick tips on where you want to start. But first I would check the overall condition of the truck first. Do all the easy maintenance stuff, fix all leaks if any, check suspension components and the rest of the truck completely, so you can start with a good foundation before you start any modifications. There is a wealth of knowledge to be had here you just have to ask or search it out.

2002 F250 Super Duty Crew Cab 7.3L Lariat 2WD 131,000mi; 4in turbo back custom exhaust, Garrett GTP38R turbo, Riffraff intercooler boots, Dorman Up-Pipes, Ford Severe Duty AIS, 31 row 6.0 transmission cooler, Scangauge II, ISSPRO EV2 Boost-EGT-Trans temp-Fuel pressure Gauges, DP T-5 Tuner (stock ,60HP tow, Decel, 60HP highway econo, 80HP city econo), Dieselsite coolant filtration, Max Air A/C mod, foglight mod, AIH delete, LED interior, back up camera, hid foglights.

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The options for upgrades on these trucks are pretty much endless. A good foundation would be intake, exhaust, tuner, and gauges though. You will see a very nice performance gain doing those. Check out these combo kits we offer for guys like you who are just starting out... https://www.dp-tuner.com/ford-powers...-packages.html

That will get you setup with the best stuff the first time, so you do not have to upgrade the parts later.
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see signature, Good basic starting point. Its effective for a DD and toy hauler on the weekends. If you want to tow everyday, you will want something a little more custom. Guages, Exhaust, Air Intake, tuner in that order.

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BTS Valve Body
Tru-Cool Trans Cooler
4" Turbo Back Diamond Eye Stainless Exhaust
Tymar Air Intake
TS Six Position Chip (stock,High Idle, +50, +75, +100, +120)
Tymar HPX line in hand but no installed yet
285/75r16 BFG All-Terrain KO2
ARE LSII Custom Color Tonneau bed cover
Color match Rhino spray in bed liner
Better To Be Tried By 12 Than Carried By 6
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Read, read, and read some more! There are a few guys here that you will notice are the 'confirmed experts' and several that will have you chasing your tail. Figure out which ones to always listen to and weight their advice heavier than the rest.
There are some basic mods that should be done to all of these trucks no matter what your end goal is (hutch mod, fuel rail crossover with regulated return, guages)
There is an endless supply of tuners and parts, only a few worth actually using. Trying to 'cheap' something will often find you in trouble.
You are in the best place on the Internet for your truck! Welcome!


2001 F-450 4x4 XL CrewCab Flatbed (Loved this truck, sold it to a friend and he says he will never sell it!)
2000 F-350 4x4 Lariat LE CrewCab Flatbed - 325k miles all stock, needs some maintenance but still going strong! (My daily driver)
1999.5 F-350 XLT CCSB - 335k all stock (now a parts truck)
2002 F250 CCSB 4x4 previous owner threw a lot of aftermarket money at it with little gain, added a TS6 w/Gearhead tunes. (Brother's daily driver)
2001 F350 CCLB - 180k all stock (Sister in laws daily driver)
2005 Ford Expedition (Wife's daily driver)
Wife is patiently waiting for the right Diesel 4x4 Ecursion to show up....
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