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Old 12-19-2013, 08:39 AM
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Help on Which Tuner & Delete Kits

I know this is a common topic, so I did my homework and searched some forums a ton to come up with a list of upgrades I want to do to my truck. What I'd like to know is if I'm missing anything and if you would change anything on my list.

Truck Specs and uses:
- 2012 F350 4x4 DRW Crew Cab w/ 8' Bed
- 6.7 Powerstroke
- 3.73 gears

This truck is dedicated to two very different, but abusive uses:
1) It gets my wife back and forth to work each morning. She only drives about 4 miles each way, so I know this is extremely hard on the truck since it never has time to warm up fully.
2) It's used as a dedicated tow rig for pulling a 5,000 lb gooseneck trailer, a 4,500 lb race jeep, a 1,200 RZR XP side by side, and a 7,000 lb heavily built JK 4 door.... plus camping gear and people..... so we're talking over 9 tons of towing about twice a month for distances ranging from 2-4 hours.

Three Important Notes:
1) I am in Tennessee, so we do have quite a few mountains around us that I have to travel through.
2) I don't care about voiding the warranty, so please leave that talk at the door. My money, my decision.
3) Money is not necessarily an issue. I spent a lot on the truck, so I don't want to skimp on a couple hundred bucks.

Here is the list of items I'm planning on getting:

Cold Air Intake
- I'm tossed up between H&S and S&B... H&S claims a lot more air flow which makes me want to go with them.
- I've heard great things about Volant, however, everyone seems to having initial fitment issues they gotta tweak. I'd rather not mess with that.

Tuner
- Looks like everyone is running Mini Maxx Race or a Black Maxx tuner. I no longer see the Black Maxx on their site, so I'm guessing I'll go with a Mini Maxx.
- I want a race tune (obviously), not a street tune. Looks like they're harder to get now-a-days, but mainly for the 2013+ models... so I think I might have lucked out on this.
- One thing I'm worried about is the Transmission tune issues, especially since I have mountains around me.... but it looks like those might be finally getting worked out.
- I've also been told to get the pyrometer kit to go with it so I can monitor exhaust temps.

DPF Delete
- Flo~Pro Stainless 4" Cat & Delete Pipe with No Bungs
- Any difference between the 4" and 5" exhaust pipe? Guessing the 5" is just a little louder and no performance difference, right?

EGR Delete
- Looks like everyone is going with either H&S or Sinister Diesel. I think I would go with Sinister Diesel here so that I'm not using plugs which could leak eventually. Plus, Sinister has some badass looking block off plates.

Is the EGT Kit good to have?

Also, a lot of people rave about traction bars… how much of a difference does it really make?

That's it. Am I missing anything to do this right? Would you change anything on the list? Thanks!

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Old 12-19-2013, 02:34 PM
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No one? I know my topic is long…. but at least you don't need more info.
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No one? I know my topic is long…. but at least you don't need more info.
Hey! i'll just copy and paste my response JK
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Hey! i'll just copy and paste my response JK
Haha, yeah, I added the EGT kit to this list ^^^^ Thanks!
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Haha, yeah, I added the EGT kit to this list ^^^^ Thanks!
No problem!
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Go with the mini max tuner. There is company's out there that will make it work for the newer years. And yes do the pyrometer sensor.
Do the h&s egr delete because sinister blue doesn't match anything but there the best.
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I tell the same thing to everyone,
H&S XRT street tuner - $550
MCC unlock and SPE tune-$300
Intake-$250
Exhaust-$400
Sinister EGR kit $250
Edge insight and EGT probe-$400
And you will be super hooked up !! When you MCC your tune select NO NO NO for trans tuning just use your stock tuning and use the SH** out of your +/- buttons there is a few other fellas on here that use there trucks as trucks and they will tell ya the same thing the few guys who have used H&S and SPE trans tuning to tow have gotten new clutches in their tranny within 10k , not worth it unless you have a delete friendly dealer. The good thing about this set up is its bullet proof you flash it once to the power level you desire and forget about it the wifey cant push anything weird on the Mini and mess anything up you don't have to deal with the Mini "quirks " all your gauges are on the insight and it tows like a beast. I frequently have 8-10k behind my truck and I don't hesitate to excel at 3/4 throttle to mess with duramax and cummins boys while towing and I have never seen my EGTs get over 1200 running SPE's " safe tune ".
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a cold air kit is the WORST thing you can do to your truck. the stock filters flow WAY more than enough to support any HP a tuner is gonna add (especially to a 6.7). Those oiled aftermarket filters basically end up letting your engine suck straight dust after a few thousand miles.
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a cold air kit is the WORST thing you can do to your truck. the stock filters flow WAY more than enough to support any HP a tuner is gonna add (especially to a 6.7). Those oiled aftermarket filters basically end up letting your engine suck straight dust after a few thousand miles.
I'd like to see some hard facts/charts to substantiate such a bold statement...This is news to me so if you can back up your claim then please do, otherwise I would suggest your post be ignored.
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This is.a great post and id like to hear how everything came.out with your planning n what you found

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