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Old 03-19-2006, 05:35 PM
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Thanks for the forum I have learned a lot reading prior posts. I just purchased a 1997 F-250 crew cab with 88,000 miles. I hope it turns out to be a good truck so far I love it. I bought the truck to tow my fifth wheel and for hunting and other outdoor adventures. My questions if the following...
1. Should I remove the catylitic converter?? The county I live in does not emission check diesels?
2. Contemplating a edge evolution chip with magnaflow 4" exhaust. Will this help my towing or endanger my tranny and motor? ( The fifth wheel I will be towing will be about 11, 500 loaded.)
3. Any other suggestions?
Thanks for the input it is much apprectiated.
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Old 03-19-2006, 05:47 PM
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Thanks for the forum I have learned a lot reading prior posts. I just purchased a 1997 F-250 crew cab with 88,000 miles. I hope it turns out to be a good truck so far I love it. I bought the truck to tow my fifth wheel and for hunting and other outdoor adventures. My questions if the following...
1. Should I remove the catylitic converter?? The county I live in does not emission check diesels?
2. Contemplating a edge evolution chip with magnaflow 4" exhaust. Will this help my towing or endanger my tranny and motor? ( The fifth wheel I will be towing will be about 11, 500 loaded.)
3. Any other suggestions?
Thanks for the input it is much apprectiated.
Chad
in my opinion....if your gonna do the exhaust....then pull the cat since there is no inspection for it.....and i would highly reccomend the exhaust....as far as the chip...if your gonna do the chip..do the exhaust.....the chip will raise EGT's and no sence putting extra heat into the system that the larger exhaust will help with......and yes.....the chip could potentially...and i mean potentially put some danger of trans failure......but wont affect motor life noticably. the motor is actually built to handle more...the trans is the weak link. that said....proper service intervals will not prevent trans failures....but will keep them in the best possible condition thus reducing the likelyhood of a failure. an un-maintained trans is likely to fail even in a bone stock truck....so really the chip isnt the main culperate....although with bumped line pressures....it may bring problems that are going to come regardless.....it may bring those problems out sooner....but all and all...i would maintain her and probably would chip her and put some exhaust on if it was my rig........i also like the looks of this air filter a lot........
http://powerstrokeforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=685
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Old 03-24-2006, 05:25 AM
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I have the same year truck. After reading this site a bit and thinking about mods, It seem for our years that the Down pipe from the turbo is the choke point of the exhaust system, the way it pancakes out. So unless your willing to "make" enough room for it, by pounding back the firewall, how can an increased pipe after it really help?

Just wondering,
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think about it 97 stick........i give you a five foot long pipe and make you blow through it.........

one pipe is 1 inch the whole way down.......

the other pipe is 1 inch for the first foot.....but then jumps to two inches......

which one is easier to blow through????????

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Old 03-24-2006, 01:22 PM
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Thanks for the advice Marc. I have the truck at Gillette Diesel in Salt Lake and they are working on it even as we speak. They were out of Mangaflo exhasust systems but will have it done on Monday i can't wait to see how she will run.
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Ok. Thought I said "correct me if I'm wrong" not "insult me if I'm wrong"
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Ok. Thought I said "correct me if I'm wrong" not "insult me if I'm wrong"
i dont see where you said that at all
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Just make sure you're running stock or the lowest tune when you're pulling, if you have it on the lowest tune be EXTRA watchful of the EGTs. A pyrometer is a must when running a chip or pulling a load, and if you have an auto I'd advise a tranny temp gauge aswell.

It's not really that hard to fit the 3" downpipe, especially if you have a porta power available to you. Even if you don't it's not a big deal.
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I second what Marc said about maintacning the tranny, also I highly recommend an after market tranny cooler. My '97 was puking tranny fluid when plowing, called JEGs and got their biggest cooler with an auxilary fan that we just ran to a switch. Have never had any problem since, run synthetic fluids, tow 10k+ and plow with out problems and the tranny has 160k on it.
a cool tranny is a happy tranny
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Old 03-28-2006, 01:20 AM
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Thanks for all of the advice it is much appreciated. I will definetely keep an eye on the tranny temperature and keep things as cool as possible.
Thanks again,
Chad
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