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Old 11-28-2012, 05:17 PM
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IDP custom tune help.

I have a 2004 f250 with a 2003 engine. I blocked off the egr cooler. Replaced the oil cooler. The p0401 comes up randomly. So I wanna have a tune put in. They are saying that i should be fine even though I have stock head bolts. I was aaking them for a very mild tune because I don't wanna blow a head or anything. Has anyone run a 310 rwhptune with stock head bolts? And how does the tranny hold up to.that?
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:22 PM
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Is your check engine light coming on or just setting the code? If no light, the code doesn't affect it if that's why you're wanting a tune.
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:28 PM
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No it is setting off the light.
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I'm assuming your looking at a street tune. A tune like that will be safe but even an untuned truck could develop headgasket issues.The risk is there everytime you get in the truck and drive it, and it's intensified with a tune. For your peice of mind I've pulled sled several times and been to the track using IDP's Xrace and other tunes and I've developed no issues within the 10k miles i've been tuned. My heads are coming off this winter though.
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They could probably do just an EGR delete tune if you don't wanna take a chance of causing more issues.
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They have a tune below the street tune. They are saying 310 rwhp and saying I should have no problem I just wanna be on the safe side until I get the studs done. I'm hoping to reuse mine but who knows
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310 RWHP isn't much over stock (around 285 RWHP) so you should be just fine. There's no need to worry. Once you get studded, then you can crank it up! Like others have said, head gaskets fail without any assistance from tuners, so it's kinda of hit or miss on that. Just keep it in your head that it will be inevitable and prepare for it, and you won't be disappointed when it does happen. Most people use it as an excuse to spiffy up the engine compartment anyway. LOL

Enjoy.
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I might be being over cautious but I don't want to mess it up when I can prevent it. I'm looking at doing studs maybe next Sept.
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Besides heads blowing are there any other major risks around this hp?
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If i were you i'd also look into the gearhead srl tune.. That tune is proven for unstudded trucks.. I know i have this tune and it has been on my truck for 40 thousand miles- stock head bolts... I maintain the truck properly and have the egr delete. The egr is the main issue for blowing the head gaskets... I dont care if you have h11 studs in- you put antifreeze in the cylinders the head gaskets will blow! So maintain the truck, get a unstudded tune, and enjoy it.
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