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.
2008 F-350 Super Duty Harley Davidson Edition