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Please be aware! If you are tempted to ask which brand or variant of a mod is best, don't be offended if most of your help comes from vendors and/or sponsors. Most truck owners don't methodically install, test, and then remove a long series of different brands of the same mod. This sometimes happens, but so rarely that you are unlikely to gain the attention of the two or three people in the world who are likely to have the applicable experience to provide a pertinent response to your question. If you manage to get in contact with such a truck owner, be prepared to receive a biased opinion. The only people of whom you may maintain a realistic expectation of intimate familiarity with more than one or two brands or versions of a mod are the vendors and/or sponsors. The only way to find out whether a vendor is biased or straight-shooting is to get to know them.


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Mod Name: CCV Mod
Mod Difficulty: Easy to Medium (depends on how much you want to spend)
Tools Required:
Time to Perform: 30-45 Minutes
Mod Description: Crankcase Vent tube is rerouted from the
air intake to a small canister that traps oil residue. There are
several options for this mod ranging from a pre-built kit to doing it
all yourself.
Helpful Links: <u>Forum Post</u> and <u>WebShots Album</u>

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Mod Name: AIH Mod
Mod Difficulty: Medium
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description: Air Intake Heater is removed to improve intake airflow.
Helpful Links:

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Mod Name: Clear Headlights for 1994-2003 F250/F350/F450/F550
Mod Difficulty: Medium to Hard
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description: The clear lens headlight assemblies from
2003-2007 F250 and up trucks will work with no modifications. The
clips on the back of the headlight assembly are supposed to slide
straight up to allow removal of the entire assembly. Some have found
that it is easier to remove the entire front fascia (grill, backing,
etc.) as the clips are sometimes difficult to remove. Another
suggestion is to remove both batteries to gain better access to the
back of the headlight assemblies and therefore the clips.
Helpful Links:

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Mod Name: ZooDad or Zoo-Dad
Mod Difficulty: Easy to Medium
Tools Required: Hole Saw Drill or Dremel-type Tool
Time to Perform:
Mod Description: Hole(s) are drilled in fascia backing plate to
allow more/better airflow into airbox.
Helpful Links:

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Mod Name: IC Foil Wrap Delete
Mod Difficulty: Medium
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description: Intercooler Foil Wrap is removed to increase turbo
spooling sound. No known benefits to performance except maybe a
small weight savings /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif This is the Hot side CAC pipe (driver
side), and the air in it is much hotter than the air in the engine
comparment, so removing the insulation will do nothing to harm
performance.
Helpful Links: <u>Forum Post</u>

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Mod Name: Hood Insulation Removal
Mod Difficulty: Medium
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description: Insulation on inside of hood is removed to increase
turbo spooling sound. No known benefits to performance except maybe
a small weight savings /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
Helpful Links:

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Mod Name: 18K Mod
Mod Difficulty:
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description: Judging by the name, something to do with an 18K
resistor.
Helpful Links:

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Mod Name: IDM Mod
Mod Difficulty:
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description:
Helpful Links:

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Mod Name: 2WD Low Mod
Mod Difficulty:
Tools Required: Switch, Wire Cutters, Crimpers, Tape
Time to Perform: Less than 1 Hour
Mod Description: For trucks with ESOF 4x4; gives you a 2wd low
gear to slowly move heavy trailers in reverse or forward without
straining/overheating the automatic transmission. Accomplished by
installing switch in center wire of three wire plug on the hub
soleniod located on passenger side fender inside hood. Result is
transfer case will go into low range (when dash switch is placed in
4LOW) but the auto hubs will not lock the front axle.
Helpful Links:

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Mod Name: Always Bright Overhead Console Mod
Mod Difficulty:
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description: Makes it so that the overhead console display
does not dim when you turn on the headlights. Cutting the light blue
with red tracer wire located under the passenger side kick panel.
Helpful Links: <u>External Site Link</u>

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Mod Name: AIC Mod
Mod Difficulty:
Tools Required:
Time to Perform: 1-2 Hours
Mod Description: Auxiliary Idle Control (High Idle) will allow you to
manually set and adjust the idle speed of your 1999-2004 PSD truck.
Helpful Links: <u>Forum Post</u>

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Mod Name: DP Tuner Lighted 6 Position Switch
Mod Difficulty:
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description: Allows you to easily, and quickly, see what
setting you are currently running on.
Helpful Links: <u>Forum Post</u>

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Mod Name: "Key-in-Ignition" Door Dinger Delete Mod
Mod Difficulty:
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description: Removes that annoying dinging sound when your
key is in the ignition and the door is open. Turn ignition to RUN
(do not start), insert prodding tool in hole under ignition and
press the small ball/detent while pulling on ignition cylinder -
ignition cylinder will come out. Look closely at the removed
cylinder and find the small brass contact. You can wrap a bit of
tape around it or simply pull it off. Reinsert ignition cylinder;
it will click into place. Alternate method is to cut the black with
pink tracer wire that runs up to the ignition cylinder.
Helpful Links:

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My as well throw the zoo-dad up there too

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2WD low mod

always bright overhead display mod
 

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It won't work. The people who ask the questions that seem so repetitive for us are new and in a hurry. You might snag a few of the more thorough-searchers, but not enough to make a difference.

But while you're at it, you should add a clause:

If you are tempted to ask which brand or variant of a mod is best, don't be offended if most of your help comes from vendors and/or sponsors. Most truck owners don't methodically install, test, and then remove a long series of different brands of the same mod. This sometimes happens, but so rarely that you are unlikely to gain the attention of the two or three people in the world who are likely to have the applicable experience to provide a pertinent response to your question. If you manage to get in contact with such a truck owner, be prepared to receive a biased opinion. The only people of whom you may maintain a realistic expectation of intimate familiarity with more than one or two brands or versions of a mod are the vendors and/or sponsors. The only way to find out whether a vendor is biased or straight-shooting is to get to know them.

I guess I would also chip in the "Key-in-Ignition" Door Dinger Delete mod (my favorite), in-tank, pre-pump, and bypass filtration mods.
 

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Thank you for putting this together. As someone new to the site its sometimes hard to find a good description thru searching so you end up posting and waisting everyones time answering the same thing over and over again.

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Please be aware! If you are tempted to ask which brand or variant of a mod is best, don't be offended if most of your help comes from vendors and/or sponsors. Most truck owners don't methodically install, test, and then remove a long series of different brands of the same mod. This sometimes happens, but so rarely that you are unlikely to gain the attention of the two or three people in the world who are likely to have the applicable experience to provide a pertinent response to your question. If you manage to get in contact with such a truck owner, be prepared to receive a biased opinion. The only people of whom you may maintain a realistic expectation of intimate familiarity with more than one or two brands or versions of a mod are the vendors and/or sponsors. The only way to find out whether a vendor is biased or straight-shooting is to get to know them.


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Mod Name: CCV Mod
Mod Difficulty: Easy to Medium (depends on how much you want to spend)
Tools Required:
Time to Perform: 30-45 Minutes
Mod Description: Crankcase Vent tube is rerouted from the
air intake to a small canister that traps oil residue. There are
several options for this mod ranging from a pre-built kit to doing it
all yourself.
Helpful Links: <font color="red"> CCV MOD THREAD </font>

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Mod Name: AIH Mod
Mod Difficulty: Medium
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description: Air Intake Heater is removed to improve intake airflow.
Helpful Links:

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Mod Name: Clear Headlights for 1994-2003 F250/F350/F450/F550
Mod Difficulty: Medium to Hard
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description: The clear lens headlight assemblies from
2003-2007 F250 and up trucks will work with no modifications. The
clips on the back of the headlight assembly are supposed to slide
straight up to allow removal of the entire assembly. Some have found
that it is easier to remove the entire front fascia (grill, backing,
etc.) as the clips are sometimes difficult to remove. Another
suggestion is to remove both batteries to gain better access to the
back of the headlight assemblies and therefore the clips.
Helpful Links:

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Mod Name: ZooDad or Zoo-Dad
Mod Difficulty: Easy to Medium
Tools Required: Hole Saw Drill or Dremel-type Tool
Time to Perform:
Mod Description: Hole(s) are drilled in fascia backing plate to
allow more/better airflow into airbox.
Helpful Links:

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Mod Name: IC Foil Wrap Delete
Mod Difficulty: Medium
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description: Intercooler Foil Wrap is removed to increase turbo
spooling sound. No known benefits to performance except maybe a
small weight savings /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
Helpful Links:

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Mod Name: Hood Insulation Removal
Mod Difficulty: Medium
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description: Insulation on inside of hood is removed to increase
turbo spooling sound. No known benefits to performance except maybe
a small weight savings /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
Helpful Links:

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Mod Name: 18K Mod
Mod Difficulty:
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description: Judging by the name, something to do with an 18K
resistor.
Helpful Links:

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Mod Name: IDM Mod
Mod Difficulty:
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description:
Helpful Links:

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Mod Name: 2WD Low Mod
Mod Difficulty:
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description:
Helpful Links:

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Mod Name: Always Bright Overhead Console Mod
Mod Difficulty:
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description:
Helpful Links:

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Mod Name: AIC Mod
Mod Difficulty:
Tools Required:
Time to Perform: 1-2 Hours
Mod Description: Auxiliary Idle Control (High Idle) will allow you to
manually set and adjust the idle speed of your 1999-2004 PSD truck.
Helpful Links: <u>Forum Post</u>

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Mod Name: DP Tuner Lighted 6 Position Switch
Mod Difficulty:
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description: Allows you to easily, and quickly, see what
setting you are currently running on.
Helpful Links: <u>Forum Post</u>

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Mod Name: "Key-in-Ignition" Door Dinger Delete Mod
Mod Difficulty:
Tools Required:
Time to Perform:
Mod Description: Removes that annoying dinging sound when your
key is in the ignition and the door is open.
Helpful Links:

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I added in a CCV mod thread. It has Subman's post that has a lot of popular CCV mods

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Mod Name: IC Foil Wrap Delete
Mod Difficulty: Medium
Tools Required: pliers to tear off foil, wire wheel attachment for a handheld drill, WD-40 and/or brake parts cleaner
Time to Perform: 1-2 hours
Mod Description: Intercooler Foil Wrap is removed to increase turbo
spooling sound. No known benefits to performance except maybe a
small weight savings /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif This is the Hot side CAC pipe (driver side), and the air in it is much hotter than the air in the engine comparment, so removing the insulation will do nothing to harm performance.
Helpful Links: Forum Post


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Mod Name: "Key-in-Ignition" Door Dinger Delete Mod
Mod Difficulty: Easy
Tools Required: Narrow prodding tool such as a very small screw driver
Time to Perform: 5-10 minutes
Mod Description: Removes that annoying dinging sound when your
key is in the ignition and the door is open. Turn ignition to RUN (do not start), insert prodding tool in hole under ignition and press the small ball/detent while pulling on ignition cylinder - ignition cylinder will come out. Look closely at the removed cylinder and find the small brass contact. You can wrap a bit of tape around it or simply pull it off. Reinsert ignition cylinder; it will click into place. Alternate method is to cut the black with pink tracer wire that runs up to the ignition cylinder.
Helpful Links:

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I added some info to each of these two mods above, so you may want to edit your original post and place these two entries in place of those that are there currently. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/warmsmile.gif
 

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Mod Name: CCV Mod
Mod Difficulty: Easy to Medium (depends on how much you want to spend)
Tools Required: Screw driver for removing screws that hold doghouse breather to valve cover, new o-rings to replace those between breather and doghouse if yours are worn/stretched, and whatever tools necessary to assemble your mod the way you choose to do it (hose, hose clamps at a minimum)
Time to Perform: 30-45 Minutes
Mod Description: Crankcase Vent tube is rerouted from the
air intake to a small canister that traps oil residue. There are
several options for this mod ranging from a pre-built kit to doing it
all yourself. Also can simply route to the atmosphere: reverse CCV breather dog house that is on driver side valve cover, connect length of clear vinyl or heater hose to the existing elbow via a barbed connector and hose clamps, then route hose up and over brake master cylinder and down along frame rail to your chosen point of termination for the hose. Replace the CCV return piece in the intake tube with a small piece of 4" exhaust pipe.
Helpful Links: ryaneverk2 webshots album, includes CCV mod pics for vent-to-atmostphere method
Subman's post listing links to various homemade CCV setups

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Added some info here, as well, so you can sub this one in place of the CCV entry in your original post.

Also, haven't checked but the link garyt supplied above maybe be a link to Subman's post that has links to about 6 different CCV mod setups, and that link would be very good to add to this CCV entry.
edit - I included the link I was referring to of Subman's in my CCV entry above.
 

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Mod Name: Always Bright Overhead Console Mod
Mod Difficulty: Easy
Tools Required: Wire snippers
Time to Perform: 5 minutes
Mod Description: Makes it so that the overhead console display does not dim when you turn on the headlights. Cutting the light blue with red tracer wire located under the passenger side kick panel.
Helpful Links: Bill G's site including pic of said wire

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Here's another to substitute into your original post.
 

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It won't work. The people who ask the questions that seem so repetitive for us are new and in a hurry. You might snag a few of the more thorough-searchers, but not enough to make a difference.



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I agree. I find that to be the case at other forums I am a regular at (Lightnings and Mustangs), where I am in the group of people who answer the questions for the newbs. But even though you are correct, it would be nice to have a thread like this, for guys like me who do lurk and search, trying to find the answers I KNOW are already out there because they've been asked in one form or another, three different ways.

So while it may not help the people who don't search, it's easy enough to link them to this thread when they do ask!

But like I said, there are guys like me though, who do know how to use the search button! And finding a post like this helps immensely! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

SVT Performance has a nice setup in the Gen 2 Lightning section. They have individual "How To" threads dedicated to a single mod/upgrade. That thread is then locked so no responses can be recorded. Now a whole thread devoted to one specific "How To" has been created in a forum full of nothing but "How To" threads for the Generation 2 Lightnings. It works great.

Stewart

PS - Trust me, I have a ton of questions I'm trying to find the answers to by using the search button! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif
 

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Mod Name: 2WD Low Mod
Mod Difficulty: easy
Tools Required: a switch & wire cutters, crimpers, tape,ect...
Time to Perform: less than 1 hour
Mod Description: for trucks with ESOF 4x4; gives you a 2wd low gear to slowly move heavy trailers in reverse or forward without straining/overheating the automatic transmission. Accomplished by installing switch in center wire of three wire plug on the hub soleniod located on passenger side fender inside hood. Result is transfer case will go into low range (when dash switch is placed in 4LOW) but the auto hubs will not lock the front axle.
Helpful Links:
 

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Updated!

Okay, I believe I've updated everything requested up to this post. The FAQ is starting to look really good! I glad to see everyone contributing. Yes, it won't stop ALL the newbies, but it should curb a good amount of them. Like it was said before, even if they ignore this FAQ and post a question already answered here, we can just post a link to this thread and be done with them.

To make the thread cleaner (i.e. smaller), I'm going to go back and edit my posts to null. If your update is in place on the original thread, please do the same thing.

Thanks everyone!
 

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Tony, it looks like you may have only copied some parts of the updates I did. Like the CCV mod is lacking some stuff added to the Mod Description, and the others are don't have the tools required, difficulty, etc. sections that I filled in.

What I did when I updated those was I just quoted your post, then added to whatever was there, and didn't remove anything. So I'd just suggest that you take the few that I posted, copy them, and paste them fully in place of those in your original post. That way nothing gets left off and also nothing is replaced, only added to. See what I'm saying? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/warmsmile.gif


edit - for easier viewing, here are the ones I'm talking about to sub into your original post:

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Mod Name: IC Foil Wrap Delete
Mod Difficulty: Medium
Tools Required: pliers to tear off foil, wire wheel attachment for a handheld drill, WD-40 and/or brake parts cleaner
Time to Perform: 1-2 hours
Mod Description: Intercooler Foil Wrap is removed to increase turbo
spooling sound. No known benefits to performance except maybe a
small weight savings /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif This is the Hot side CAC pipe (driver side), and the air in it is much hotter than the air in the engine comparment, so removing the insulation will do nothing to harm performance.
Helpful Links: Forum Post


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Mod Name: "Key-in-Ignition" Door Dinger Delete Mod
Mod Difficulty: Easy
Tools Required: Narrow prodding tool such as a very small screw driver
Time to Perform: 5-10 minutes
Mod Description: Removes that annoying dinging sound when your
key is in the ignition and the door is open. Turn ignition to RUN (do not start), insert prodding tool in hole under ignition and press the small ball/detent while pulling on ignition cylinder - ignition cylinder will come out. Look closely at the removed cylinder and find the small brass contact. You can wrap a bit of tape around it or simply pull it off. Reinsert ignition cylinder; it will click into place. Alternate method is to cut the black with pink tracer wire that runs up to the ignition cylinder.
Helpful Links:

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Mod Name: CCV Mod
Mod Difficulty: Easy to Medium (depends on how much you want to spend)
Tools Required: Screw driver for removing screws that hold doghouse breather to valve cover, new o-rings to replace those between breather and doghouse if yours are worn/stretched, and whatever tools necessary to assemble your mod the way you choose to do it (hose, hose clamps at a minimum)
Time to Perform: 30-45 Minutes
Mod Description: Crankcase Vent tube is rerouted from the
air intake to a small canister that traps oil residue. There are
several options for this mod ranging from a pre-built kit to doing it
all yourself. Also can simply route to the atmosphere: reverse CCV breather dog house that is on driver side valve cover, connect length of clear vinyl or heater hose to the existing elbow via a barbed connector and hose clamps, then route hose up and over brake master cylinder and down along frame rail to your chosen point of termination for the hose. Replace the CCV return piece in the intake tube with a small piece of 4" exhaust pipe.
Helpful Links: ryaneverk2 webshots album, includes CCV mod pics for vent-to-atmostphere method
Subman's post listing links to various homemade CCV setups

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Mod Name: Always Bright Overhead Console Mod
Mod Difficulty: Easy
Tools Required: Wire snippers
Time to Perform: 5 minutes
Mod Description: Makes it so that the overhead console display does not dim when you turn on the headlights. Cutting the light blue with red tracer wire located under the passenger side kick panel.
Helpful Links: Bill G's site including pic of said wire

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Re: Updated!

Tony,

Good work.

I think that this should be in the form of an article, but for now I'll make it a sticky.

If we could develop these things into articles with one sticky post with links to various articles, that would be the best of all.

Thanks
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Mod Name: 10K Mod
Mod Difficulty: Easy to Medium
Tools Required: 10,000 ohm Resistor, soldering iron, solder.
Time to Perform: 10 mins to 1 hour depending on variation used.
Mod Description: Insert a 10k ohm resistor across the ICP sensor to fool the computer into boosting injector oil pressure. Makes the computer think the HPOP and IPR are low and increases output.
Variations: Variations include Adjustable 10k mod, 18k mod, Diode Clamp Mod.
Helpful Links: Ford_Forgotton's 10k mod page

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Mod Name: IDM Mod
Mod Difficulty: Difficult to Very Difficult
Tools Required: Soldering Iron, Solder, Sealant, Hand Tools
Time to Perform: 1 hour to mod, 24 hours to cure sealant
Mod Description: Originally invented by Joe_Servo. Remove a resistor inside the IDM and replace it with a higher value. Increases the injector driver module output voltage from 110 volts to around 135 volts. Extreme caution encouraged. Damaged IDMs are expensive to replace.
Helpful Links: Ford_Forgotton's IDM mod page

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Re: Updated!

aih mod. removing the air intake heater from the intake. the AIH is designed to reduce emissions by heating the air going into the engine at certain cold air, low rpm conditions.

The benefits are not measurable on a dyno, although from looking at it you would think it would help.
 
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