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Old 01-05-2011, 07:18 PM
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Question What tuner DOES not leave a Trace

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I am new to the 6.0 family but have a bunch of friends that have them. I hear different from everyone about Tuners and how they leave a Trace. I have an warranty on my truck and really want to put a tuner on but of course i know if the studs go and they see that i had a tuner, most likely wont be getting a free fix...

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SCT with custom tunes is the way to go with the 6.0. From my understanding the SCT won't be traceable, but IMO it's morally wrong to fool/lie to get warranty repair due to your own fault.

By the looks of your user name, you have an '05. Unless you have an extended warranty, your time is just about up.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:22 PM
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actually i just got the truck about 2 weeks ago and i got the 3 year extended warranty so now its all a matter of what i can do without voiding the warranty. can i do at least intake and exhaust?

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actually i just got the truck about 2 weeks ago and i got the 3 year extended warranty so now its all a matter of what i can do without voiding the warranty. can i do at least intake and exhaust?

thank you
You will have to contact whom ever has your warranty claims, they can tell you the do's and don'ts. Not all extended warranties are created equal.
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SCT with custom tunes is the way to go with the 6.0. From my understanding the SCT won't be traceable, but IMO it's morally wrong to fool/lie to get warranty repair due to your own fault.

By the looks of your user name, you have an '05. Unless you have an extended warranty, your time is just about up.
Agreed. And I was just going to ask how it is possible to have a 6.0L truck that still has any kind of warranty left, unless it's one of those garbage aftermarket warranties which are useless anyways.

For what it's worth, on the new 6.7L trucks any use of any performance enhancing electronics WILL set a dealer-only erasable code (although the exact code number escapes me for the moment), even if batteries are disconnected. And owners of those trucks who attempt to push for warranty on failures as a result of a tuner, good luck because diagnostics are heading into the direction of interactive diagnostics. This means mother Ford is now going to be monitoring all our scan tool sessions on every vehicle that rolls onto our doorsteps.
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Regardless of what tuner you go with, it can be detected if they know what they are doing. If it can't be detected, it will be noticeable when the heads are off for head gaskets since the tuners change injector timing and pulse width. It will create a unique burn pattern onto the pistons.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:32 PM
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pretty sure that goes for mine (the 05) year as well especially with the extended. im still debating on canceling the warranty as i am able to do so i found out, but in the long run transmission and motor problems will be a hefty cost if i run into problems.

can you guys think of things i can do that might be warranty friendly? also, any way to help increase mpgs besides a tuner?

thanks again for all your help. i can use as much as possible as i am new to the powerstroke family!
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pretty sure that goes for mine (the 05) year as well especially with the extended. im still debating on canceling the warranty as i am able to do so i found out, but in the long run transmission and motor problems will be a hefty cost if i run into problems.

can you guys think of things i can do that might be warranty friendly? also, any way to help increase mpgs besides a tuner?

thanks again for all your help. i can use as much as possible as i am new to the powerstroke family!
It's hard to determine what can and can't be done since aftermarket warranty companies are obviously independent from Ford. They don't play by the same rules. Most I would do is exhaust and I don't know that I would straight pipe it. The intake I would leave almoe anyway since they will support 500+ hp.
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You won't notice a burn pattern on the pistons with our tuning. Countless posts and visual checks have been made and there are no issues.
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You won't notice a burn pattern on the pistons with our tuning. Countless posts and visual checks have been made and there are no issues.
Eric what do you know about the tuner code in the PCM that M chan mentioned.
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