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Old 10-29-2010, 06:18 PM
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Decided to Tune, I Think

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Old 10-30-2010, 12:17 AM
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Gonna watch this one simply because I am considering the same thing and I moved to Texas recently. (mine is out of warranty though)

FWIW, I went to a Diesel get together a few months ago and asked about the inspections. The feedback that I got was that 9 places out of 10 will pass you because they just look at the OBDII for check engine codes and not whether you have the DPF and DOC on the truck. If they don't, go to another place for inspection.

I will be curious to see if other TX members chime in....
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Old 10-30-2010, 12:30 AM
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not from tx and also i havent installed my stuff yet....that being said.....
most people i have talked to either know someone or put it back on (thirty mins work once you get the hang of it) but ill let them chime in,and its the same for warranty work as well from what i have seen.that is my plan.
as far as the relearn goes,you can read the install instructions on h&s website.it says that you do a 1/2 throttle, 3/4, and full throttle runs to learn the transmission.after that its shift on the fly.h&s is very customer friendly and will help you with anything.ive seen a few guys say the power is awesome but the mpg is lacking on their expectations.i think most of it is how you drive,what the truck is used for,and also what other mpg mods you have.im sure more poeple will chime in but hopefully i have helped in some small inkling.
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You have probably already read this but this was my initial response after doing exactly what you have suggested: MPG stats

For me, absolutely no regrets. Honestly, I realize now it was a no-brainer. I usually trade vehicles about every 2 years since I put about 40k on one per year but I can actually see myself driving this truck for a LONG while! It's comfortable to drive, roomy and at 52, it makes me feel like a kid again whenever I do get into the throttle.

You also have the same thought I did regarding the regen. It simply doesn't make sense. I have to think it was a knee jerk reaction to the up-coming EPA mandate. It lasted 3 years with manufactures and that was it (what they have now ain't much better but does remove destroying the engine in the process).

One last item, if you do go with H&S, get the Flo-Pro DOC/DPF delete. That way you can leave the sensors intact and simply bolt it right back up if need be. You've probably heard it 100 times here but when you do buy, call Nate at Performance Truck Products. He will give you a deal that will knock your socks off, before the truck does after tuning...

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Thanks for the quick replies, gents.

I purchased the truck knowing that the fuel economy was poor, so that was a calculated decision.

I also knew the 08-10 models have the regen to clean the dpf, but thought I could deal with it. However, after being an owner of this cutting edge technology, I have decided to no longer live with it.

Thanks for the transmission re learn info.....much clearer now after finding it on H&S' site.

Also, dig some digging on the TXDOT website....motorcycles and diesels do not require a smog test in the state of Texas. Only safety and usual OBDII hookup.
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ill help you out with a bump
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never had an issue getting an inspection sticker in texas....


and there is no OBDII plugin either
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:13 PM
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where are you moving to in texas?
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Has anyone done a dpf delete, and then ended up regretting it?.....not so much the initial investment....more like the tune was not to your expectations, or, "I got tuned and blew my truck up."
There's actually been a number of posts, not as many as the positive but a number of posts where the owner wasn't happy with the results they received. Most seems to see an improvement of 4-6 mpg. Whereas some others only 1-3 like that of a DPF friendly tune.

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Warranty....anyone take your truck in for, say, an alternator, and left your tune on? Get any grief? I can understand a catastrophic failure ("she done blowed up"), but how about the minor warranty issues and your dealership's response?
Those that do revert back to stock condition. If you don't, it will be like playing Russian Roulette warranty. A Ford representative can show up at any time and look at any vehicle within their garage. If they see you missing your DPF or that your tuned you will be hassled.

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Finally....to the folks in Texas. When your state inspection sticker is due, do you simply re-install the dpf and put the stock tune on before going in?
I'm not from Texas, but for any inspection, it might be best just to revert back to fully stock or have federally approved components on your vehicle or risk a failure or hassle.

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Thanks for ya'lls time.
Good luck with your decision.
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