Returned my 08 to the dealership last evening. Lease was up, time to let her go. Not sure whether I'm sad or glad..... Now the LONG wait until next summer when I can get my hands on an '11 6.7L Scorpion.
In the interim I purchased a 00 F350 (135k miles) for me, and an 01 F250 (235k miles) for my boy, both 7.3L's - couldn't pass the prices up. After driving them compared to the 08 6.4L I was somewhat saddened.. I push the throttle down and I hear a lot of noise but just not going anywhere fast. Oh well, I keep telling myself, "...thats ok, I know the 6.7L's are just around the corner!".
Just when I thought all was lost Matt tells me on the phone - "hey, Nutty can tune your 7.3 with the DashDaq ya know".... Really?! Could this be true? I thought I would have to closet the DashDaq until next year for the Scorpion. Nutty tuning the 7.3?? Lets do it! After a few versions, trial and error, some emails back and forth - VOILA! We actually have a 7.3 that is fun to drive again. PLENTY of power, good solid shifting, good hard TC lockup, quicker spooling (no more almost-getting-hit pulling out in front of traffic), 6MPG increase. The overall driveability increased probably 100%. The 01 has 285x70x16's on it and roasts the tires leaving a stoplight. Never thought I'd ever have to 'lift' on a 7.3 to stop it from spinning! Amazingly, due to the size of the code and less complexity, it only takes about 3 minutes to tune a 7.3! 3 minutes to change a tune or go back to stock!! We'll do some more testing but initial tuning and track times are in the mid to low 15's on a 235k mile truck with NO other mods other than the Air filter, even has the original split shot injectors
I know there are a 100 other tuners out there for the 7.3's but I was just happy that I didn't have to purchase any other hardware (other than a comm cable) and that I could use something I already had. Besides... I trust
Nutty's tuning to be reliable and safe.
These 7.3's will definitely hold me over until next year when I can get my hands on a 6.7! Thanks again to Spartan, Matt and Nutty for saving me $$ by not having to purchase some other tuning hardware for these dinosaur 7.3's