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how safe is the sct x3

i have an 04 6.0 and i a pretty new to the diesel world my dad has owned diesel all my life but never got into tuning just drove them.
i had a mustang and traded it in on my truck when i found out my son was on his way. if i re-flashed the mustang back to stock it ran like sh** so i didn't and i am aware of the unlocking fee from sct i was wondering how safe the canned tunes are or strategy tunes are that come with the tuner for a stock 6.0 it has a k&n intake and 4" pipe no cat or muffler into 5" dual stacks. thats it. i want some more power and a little better milage mostly more power i do tow occasionally, no more than 5000 lb. race trailer. is it safe to run the performance tune or stick with the tow and street tunes. i know a custom tune would probably give me more power but not sure how much they cost and i don't need a race truck just want to play it safe and add some power. tech support at sct says all canned tunes are safe as they afe set up for a stock truck just looking for more info on experienced users.
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also i would like to add i am stationed in NY with the army and will these tunes cause smoke? i am ok with a little bit on take off and such but i dont want to be blowing smoke everywhere. i am aware of the cracking down on the sport of diesel motorsports but a little here and there i think i can get away with. not looking for it though. but will the tunes make the truck run to lean to stop smoke? i dont want that either.
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I have been using the SCT X3 for a couple of years with custom tunes by Innovative Diesel and have had no issues. I use the "street" tune all the time and it will smoke under full throttle but it does not smoke during normal or moderate throttle.
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That sounds like what I want what kind of milage do you get with that tune? Do I have to send the tuner to innovative or can I download them?
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That sounds like what I want what kind of milage do you get with that tune? Do I have to send the tuner to innovative or can I download them?
Post #45 explains the SCT process after you receive it.

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That sounds easy. Except the computer part my wife will prob have to do that for me I suck at using a computer. Haha thanks for the info
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does the sct stuff work on mac's does anybody know? i was curious if the files would maybe be different or the software might be different also, anybody know?
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does the sct stuff work on mac's does anybody know? i was curious if the files would maybe be different or the software might be different also, anybody know?
IIRC, it doesn't work on MAC.

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SCT software doesn't work on a mac...that's the only thing I don't like about them


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ahhh dang, that really sucks. no wi have to boot up the old pc, and run the files on that bad boy
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