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Does anbody regret buying a tuner?

I was just wondering if any of you regret buying a programmer/tuner for there truck.

I'm nervous about purchasing one after reading some threads on here. Some have had great success with awesome power gains and no troubles. Others seem to be having major problems setting them up, wrecked trannys or have had serious motor problems after.

I'm sure a lot of it is from abuse or wrong tunes for there truck but do any of you wish they never changed the PCM?

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With a 6.0 you never know. I scored an engine with the SCT tuner but my brothers stock 6.0 blew the HG's at 86K miles and my sisters stock 6.0 blew the HG's at 38K miles. If you want your 6.0 to last and get the most reliability out of it I would leave it stock.
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If you want your 6.0 to last and get the most reliability out of it I would leave it stock.
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I was just wondering if any of you regret buying a programmer/tuner for there truck.

I'm nervous about purchasing one after reading some threads on here. Some have had great success with awesome power gains and no troubles. Others seem to be having major problems setting them up, wrecked trannys or have had serious motor problems after.

I'm sure a lot of it is from abuse or wrong tunes for there truck but do any of you wish they never changed the PCM?

Thanks for your input...
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With a 6.0 you never know. I scored an engine with the SCT tuner but my brothers stock 6.0 blew the HG's at 86K miles and my sisters stock 6.0 blew the HG's at 38K miles. If you want your 6.0 to last and get the most reliability out of it I would leave it stock.
The SCT didnt score your engine Adam. Its impossible. Programming cant do that. Only poor maintnence and Improperly done work can do that. I've said it before and will say it again. You and your family need to find a new tech I bet your problems will go away

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Getting an SCT tuned by ID is the best thing I have done to this point. I had the same mind set as you do now, If I get a tuner I will have nothing but problems ( WRONG). In stock form I had all of the usual problems when towing, the motor just works so hard trying to tow the heavy loads. It is a night and day difference towing with a solid tow tune. The truck can climb grades in OD as to having to down shift, EGT's are cooler, as well as the transmission. Granted I did add head studs got rid of the EGR system and put updated parts on the HPOS.
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If you buy a tuner and expect to run the snot out of it you are asking for trouble. If you want the truck to last take some precautions prior to hard use to protect the motor.

Oil bypass filter kit (Keeps the fluids clean)
Coolant filter kit (Ditto)
Mod the EGR up-pipe (AT A MINUMUM!!)
Fuel system upgrades (As needed)

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The SCT didnt score your engine Adam. Its impossible. Programming cant do that. Only poor maintnence and Improperly done work can do that. I've said it before and will say it again. You and your family need to find a new tech I bet your problems will go away
It's serviced every 3K to 4k miles and I got the records to prove it and it got scored between the time it got studded and 7K miles afterwards. I ran the SCT after it got studded and as for the other trucks (6.0) they are running fine. The mechanics that work on our 6.0's also work on our 7.3's and other gas vehicles and those ones just have had minimal repairs.
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