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Old 05-25-2012, 10:26 AM
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Is Spartan Tuning Overkill?

I'm fairly new to the world of modifying the 6.4 powerstroke. I have a 2008 F-350 Harley Davidson with only 18,000km on it. The only thing I hate about this truck is the infuriating DPF filter. I have educated myself quite extensively over the past few weeks and just thought I would pop on here and get some input from the guys out there like me who are doing this type of stuff.
So here's what I want to accomplish:
- Delete my DPF and my CAT and install a tuner so my truck can run properly.
I live in British Columbia Canada so I'm not worried about emission laws of any kind. So far I have installed an S&B Cold Air Intake and I have a MBRP 4" downpipe back DPF/CAT bungless delete with muffler kit ready to be installed as soon as I pull the trigger on a tuner. After extensive research I'm pretty sure I'm set on the Spartan Phalanx. I have been emailing the tech on their website and I have to say they have been so helpful in answering all my dumb newbie questions. I just wanted to ask you guys the question because you are impartial to any particular product.
I keep getting told by Spartan that whats best for me for performance and economy is to run the 275 tune. Now that scares the crap out of me to run my truck everyday with 275 more hp than stock. My whole original goal for this mod was just just get rid of this filter and let my truck breath. I was planning on running my truck at either STOCK hp settings or maybe a MILD setting of 60 to 80hp with the DPF removed obviously. Everyone is into things for different reasons, for myself I don't "need" more power. I am quite pleased with my trucks power. I came from an old 95' 7.3 with 479,000km on it. It ran just like new still but this new truck is like a Ferrari compared to that old slow pig. I just figured with a cold air intake, no DPF, no CAT, the truck will already have more power than stock. I just want to have my truck for a long time with as few problems as possible. I know to some this might seem overkill, spend all this money for a few extra hp, but my outlook is whats better for the engine. I'm being told by Spartan whats best for my engine is to run the 275 tune but I just wanted your guys opinion. Also I like Spartan because for any warranty issue it shouldn't be hard to throw my DPF/CAT back in, put the tune back to stock (if it isnt already there) and unplug the Spartan and take it to Ford. Sorry for the wordy post, look forward to people's input.

Kenny

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Old 05-25-2012, 10:51 AM
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I run the 275 on my truck as my dd and i have had no problems with it i also have 200k on my truck. As long as you dont put your foot in it everytime you will have no problems at all.
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I'm fairly new to the world of modifying the 6.4 powerstroke. I have a 2008 F-350 Harley Davidson with only 18,000km on it. The only thing I hate about this truck is the infuriating DPF filter. I have educated myself quite extensively over the past few weeks and just thought I would pop on here and get some input from the guys out there like me who are doing this type of stuff.
So here's what I want to accomplish:
- Delete my DPF and my CAT and install a tuner so my truck can run properly.
I live in British Columbia Canada so I'm not worried about emission laws of any kind. So far I have installed an S&B Cold Air Intake and I have a MBRP 4" downpipe back DPF/CAT bungless delete with muffler kit ready to be installed as soon as I pull the trigger on a tuner. After extensive research I'm pretty sure I'm set on the Spartan Phalanx. I have been emailing the tech on their website and I have to say they have been so helpful in answering all my dumb newbie questions. I just wanted to ask you guys the question because you are impartial to any particular product.
I keep getting told by Spartan that whats best for me for performance and economy is to run the 275 tune. Now that scares the crap out of me to run my truck everyday with 275 more hp than stock. My whole original goal for this mod was just just get rid of this filter and let my truck breath. I was planning on running my truck at either STOCK hp settings or maybe a MILD setting of 60 to 80hp with the DPF removed obviously. Everyone is into things for different reasons, for myself I don't "need" more power. I am quite pleased with my trucks power. I came from an old 95' 7.3 with 479,000km on it. It ran just like new still but this new truck is like a Ferrari compared to that old slow pig. I just figured with a cold air intake, no DPF, no CAT, the truck will already have more power than stock. I just want to have my truck for a long time with as few problems as possible. I know to some this might seem overkill, spend all this money for a few extra hp, but my outlook is whats better for the engine. I'm being told by Spartan whats best for my engine is to run the 275 tune but I just wanted your guys opinion. Also I like Spartan because for any warranty issue it shouldn't be hard to throw my DPF/CAT back in, put the tune back to stock (if it isnt already there) and unplug the Spartan and take it to Ford. Sorry for the wordy post, look forward to people's input.

Kenny

2008 F-350 Super Duty Harley Davidson Edition
Most people seem to run the higher horsepower tunes with very little to no problems as long as they are relatively sensible how they drive the truck. Hell some even drive the heck out of it with those tunes or higher & don't have any problems either. Keep in mind that I don't have a spartan but I have done alot of research on them like yourself & have found alot of people taking their advice about the bigger tunes.
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Old 05-25-2012, 02:33 PM
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I have spartan and I have had my truck on 275 most of the time and lowest tune is 210 for heavy towing. My truck is all stock for now and I have about 20,000 miles on them tunes alone with zero issues. But like others said depends on foot is how truck will last. I don't drive hard much but I have and all good. If you like the power now wait till you tune it. I've heard the 300 tune is a good dd for fuel mileage and easy smoother shifting. I don't know about other tuners but spartan has been good to me and I recommend it.
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It is overkill for what most people need, but its not overkill for what most people use.....
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It is overkill for what most people need, but its not overkill for what most people use.....
That was put very well!!!
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Go for it, you dont have to run the 275 if you dont want. You have many options/hp levels. I dd the 275 myself.
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If your not dead set on the spartan, the h&s offers no power, mild, wild, and hot shift on the fly options which may interest you, that's why I purchased the mini maxx. Either tuner is great but just thought I would throw the h&s out there. Good luck.
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If your not dead set on the spartan, the h&s offers no power, mild, wild, and hot shift on the fly options which may interest you, that's why I purchased the mini maxx. Either tuner is great but just thought I would throw the h&s out there. Good luck.
I thought that the Spartan had a no power stock setting, plus lower hp settings like 80hp and 120hp. Either one I get I would defiantly want the option of running a stock setting that just allows me to run with the DPF/CAT delete and also have lower hp tunes all the way up to higher tunes. I was under the impression both the H&S and the Spartan had similar hp settings from stock all the way up to the 'Big Boy' tunes.
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I thought that the Spartan had a no power stock setting, plus lower hp settings like 80hp and 120hp. Either one I get I would defiantly want the option of running a stock setting that just allows me to run with the DPF/CAT delete and also have lower hp tunes all the way up to higher tunes. I was under the impression both the H&S and the Spartan had similar hp settings from stock all the way up to the 'Big Boy' tunes.
They have a low hp setting for their lowest like 30hp or something which is pretty close to stock.
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