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Gearbox Z DPF-R 4.0+
Long time lurker, first time poster here. I have a 2009 F350 6.4L SRW CC. Just passed 68,000 on the odometer, but I just went out of warranty (5 years went by quick). Since I have owned the truck, I started reading posts here and made up my mind that when I was out of warranty, the DPF would be the first thing to go!!
I settled on the DPF-R 4.0+ Programmer from Gearbox Z along with an AFE CAT/DPF delete pipe. I was not looking to make a lot of power, as I tow a 14,000lb 5th wheel camper...I was looking for something relatively inexpensive that would just stop the regen process. Maybe down the line, Ill look into something that adds a little more power, but for now, this will do.
So, a few days ago, I enlisted a friend who is a mechanic to help me with the install. As far as the programmer, it is very easy. Plug it in, follow the voice prompts, and 15 min later, you're done. I used the stock power tune, no regen.
Now, taking off the DPF was a bit more difficult (for me). The two bolts at the downpipe were pretty rusty, but we were able to get them off. The clamp that is right behind the DPF was rusted and we ended up cutting the whole clamp off... had to get a new one. If you are going to do this, follow everyone else's advice and use a ratchet strap to pull apart the DPF and the muffler pipe. Came right apart. I also bought all new sensors, as they were impossible to get them out of the stock pipe. One other thing, we took the exhaust hangers right off of the frame, instead of prying the DPF hangers out. We reinstalled them with the new pipe.
Once everything was installed, I started it up and took it for a test drive. Everything seemed OK, and so far, after a few days, things seem to be running smoothly. I don't have any hard mileage calculations yet, but I'll keep an eye on it.
I was really on the fence about doing anything to the truck, as I am not mechanically inclined, and this is my first diesel. So far, I am glad I did this and will keep you updated if I have any problems.