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Warming up 7.3 in Winter

Hey guys i'm in north MO and it gets pretty cold here and all that, I was wonderin what are some steps i should take to get my truck warmed up in the winter?
Heres what i have done:
Put Cardboard in between the intercooler and radiator or whatever a 96 has
i put in a little bit hotter thermostat
allow the EBPV to run its course

do u guys know what else to do other than that? also how long should i letmy truck sit before i drive off w/ it, i'm at school now, so it sits on a parkinglot w/out bein moved for a week or so and cant be plugged in.

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A high idle tune (or AIC controller) and a switch in the EBPV circuit so you can let the truck idle with the EPBV closed to help it warm up faster.

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how do u put a switch in the ebpv circuit???? and how do i get high idle? i just got a evolution programmer

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EBPV switch is simple... just tie into the 2 wires going to the EBPV, and run one to ground and the other to a switch. Tada, flip the switch and the EBPV closes.
For a high idle you'll have to either get custom tunes, an AIC, or get creative with a potentiometer for a DIY setup.

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yeah i'll prolly do a raincheck on the high idle switch i may try out the ebpv but rite now i'm away at school so thats prolly not a good idea for a while lol. i guess i better get some howe's too

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i usually idle for 15 mins or so, would love to have a high idle tune! where you go to school?

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Mizzou... yea a high idle tune would be great! does ur truck actually get to temp after 15 mins?

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Cardboard like you said is #1 for keeping it warm. The only thing you can do to shorten warm up times is A Plug in your truck or B Hi-Igle.

-degree temps are rough.

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yea i'm a big fan of cardboard, is ther a way to get it to the VERY front of the radiator, like u could see it thru the grill on this obs truck? all i can do is put it between the two radiators or whatever they are, i know this truck dont got an itercooler but idk what the two radiator things are

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radiator and AC condensor...... It dosnt get that cold her in NC, but I like my Aux. Idle controller. Their orginal purpose was for ambulances and such...keeps the engine idled up, so the alternator can keep the batteries charged when the vehicle is parked with all the flashy lights on. Sometimes you can find them on Ebay. They came 3 ways...No LED screen with charge option, and cple other buttons. LED screen with the same options, and LED with the same options, plus PTO option. Its a simple plug and play.


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