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Programmer without engine modifications

This topic has been beaten but I could not find a direct answer. I have a fairly new to me 06 F250 with 75,000 miles and I am curious about programmers. Before buying, I read all the horror stories about the 6.0 but it seems that alot of the problems were due to improper maintenance and the use of extreme engine programmers. While the truck does pull my 5th wheel well, I thought a programmer would improve the experience. In addition, I have read that programmers can improve MPG. Can I safely use an SCT programmer without "bulletproofing" the engine? I am an older guy and don't race or light up the tires anymore but I would like to improve the performance but not at the expense of costly upgrades or repairs. Any thoughts. Thank you

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You would be like most of the 6.0 owners that just want that little bit extra. I ran my last truck for years with just a SCT and a few tunes with zero issues. Generally speaking, the heavier the load, the more stock the tune.

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I think its a gamble and heres why:

I love my 6.0 and im on my 3rd one after some hard learning experiences and I would run stock programming while towing and like my tow+50hp tune for DD, and tried my 150hp tune and I never saw a mpg increase and im extreamly OCD about hand calculating.

tons of people run a programmer with 0 issues for like of the truck and then there are some that run into problems related and non-related.

change the fluids and use oem filters and don't run a race tune you should be fine in my opinion. but when you put a higher horsepower tune your running into risky territory.

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Thanks for the responses. Glad to hear that the tuner will not put additional stress on the engine and lead to problems. I used to tow my 5th wheel with a 08 Silverado 2500 z71 gas and I did not like the constant shifting and high RPM's, even here in flat Florida. Even worse was the 8 MPG.

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Thanks for the responses. Glad to hear that the tuner will not put additional stress on the engine and lead to problems. I used to tow my 5th wheel with a 08 Silverado 2500 z71 gas and I did not like the constant shifting and high RPM's, even here in flat Florida. Even worse was the 8 MPG.
Actually it will stress the engine, just not that much depending on tune. Shifting and RPM is more to deal with load. Most engines run better at higher RPM pulling a load, including the mighty 6.0, but diesels will always tow way better than most gassers.

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Want to modify your injectors DIY - http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/6-0...ger-flows.html

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