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I have an unknown old chip currently in my 2000 F350. The truck runs great but I am considering updating to the Hydra to have more tuning options. I have no idea who manufactured the current chip. The old chip installation instructions came with the truck but nowhere in them does it say the brand of the old chip. Maybe one of you can recognize the brand by looking at the instructions? I will try to attach a couple pics
 

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It’s probably an old superchips, van aaken, Banks, hypertech

Hydra will be a night and day difference
 

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Since you already have a chip installed it will only take you 5 minutes or so to install the new one.

It takes 5-10 minutes to get all the tunes picked out and loaded
 

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So you think I can go ahead and install it without removing the PCM from the truck? I did notice the back of the plastic cover is notched out and the chip has duct tape on it. I know that may sound like a stupid question but I have honestly never installed a chip in one of these.
 

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So you think I can go ahead and install it without removing the PCM from the truck? I did notice the back of the plastic cover is notched out and the chip has duct tape on it. I know that may sound like a stupid question but I have honestly never installed a chip in one of these.
When I bought my TS-6 I found that someone had cut the back of the plastic tray out as you describe..... I cut a thin piece of plexiglass to go on the inside, reducing the hole, and to keep pressure on the chip so it couldnt vibrate loose on rough roads.
 

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The duct tape is used to hold the chip in place. The last thing that you want to happen is for the chip to work loose and loose contact with the PCM. Worse case you would loose the PCM if there is power to it when the chip comes loose.
 

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Also, can you see how clean the contact surface is? Mine wasn’t clean enough per the manufacturer. I actually removed screws, split the case, cleaned and made sure no dust was left on the computer board. It is simply amazing to me the work that some people do with little to no attention to detail.
 

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I pay very close attention to detail.. I am planning to pull the PCM to remove the old chip. I want to make sure that the contacts are clean. It is a ZF6 truck and from what I understand the clutch pedal makes removal a bit difficult. That's why I asked the question about removing and installing the chip without removing the PCM. It looks entirely possible but I don't want to screw it up or cause issues with dirty contacts.
 

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I pay very close attention to detail.. I am planning to pull the PCM to remove the old chip. I want to make sure that the contacts are clean. It is a ZF6 truck and from what I understand the clutch pedal makes removal a bit difficult. That's why I asked the question about removing and installing the chip without removing the PCM. It looks entirely possible but I don't want to screw it up or cause issues with dirty contacts.
You won’t have any problems with following the install directions. “Attention to detail” wasn’t directed at you personally but a general comment on not only what I’ve ran into with my truck (2002 F350) but what I see everyday and at work 🙄. Chip manufacturers may be different— my board wasn’t cleaned down very well, and had a silver/gray coating still on the Contacts- TS performance is very clear that they want the contacts down to Copper color and did warn against allowing a chip to come loose. As stated I have the plexiglass insert which made chip fit snug and then duct tape over that—-virtually impossible to get jarred loose.
 

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No worries Big Horn, nothing was taken personally. The 'attention to detail' has come with age. I appreciate all the comments from everyone. I have been honestly trying to talk myself into doing this job for some time but been dragging my feet. You know, 'if it ain't broke don't fix it'? We have all been there. I am concerned with not knowing who's chip is currently on the truck. Some of those early chips ran a lot of timing and thats not a good thing.
 

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I am a foot dragger also...the help from guys here and bro-in-law gives me the confidence to tackle almost any diy job. So buy the parts and put them in!
 

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Well I got the Hydra installed with 1023 tunes and cannot quit smiling. Wow! is an understatement. So far so good, no broken parts. I have a few pics of the old chip but still no ID. Looks like a multi position chip since it has a 4 pin connector but it did not have an external switch or knob.
 

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