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so i bought an ebay chip...
ok - so at the risk of being gang raped on this forum, i decided to post my thoughts/results of the chip/programmer i bought off ebay for like $35. let me get the disclosures out of the way first.
- i am aware of the 10k resistor mod, but i do not want to just bend a resistor into a sensor and risk shorting something out. i already had to have my truck reflashed over a no start isuuse and at a cost of $500 im not doing that again
- i am also aware that this is not a $400 programmer, and i never expected it to be one
- at the cost of a meal, i dont think the $35 invesment was a big risk, and the one i picked had a good return policy, so there really was no risk.
- i spent about an hour going through feebacks of different chips on ebay, looking specefically for people that left positive feedback for a 7.3 chip until i picked one.
- i know i could have saved my money, and put it towards a real programmer, but right now i have no desire to get one, or invest that kind of money to try to make my 1 ton diesel dually "fast".
ANYWAY - so the chip i took a chance on was the "mindblower" (cough) branded one. i think it cost me about $35. it installed under the hood, onto the iac or iat(?) sensor that would have been on the stock airbox. my sensor was on the drivers side wall of the fender, since i do not have a stock airbox. the previous owner had a k&n type filter and intake replacing the stock one. the chip installed easily, using 2 "t" type splices. it took about 10 min to look up the info, find the sensor and install it. i honestly didnt expect much, if anything to happen.
once installed - this is what ive notcied. the truck seems to idle SLIGHTLY higher, which turned out to be a good thing. the idle has smoothed out a bit, and truck doesnt seem to shake as much either... for whatever reason, it also seems to start easier, and crank a little faster too. it is definately more responsive when i first take off too. the truck doesnt seem to feel as "heavy" anymore when i first touch the gas pedal, and over all, i have to admit that the driveability has improved. i never expected to be saying this, but i have to admit that im happy i bought it. honestly the truck feels like its less of a chore to drive. the only things done to this truck is the intake and straight piped exhaust.
i have no connection with this compnay at all, and im not telling anyone to go out and buy one. i cant promise that it will make the same differences for you, but in my case it has definately helped, and was well worth the $35 i spent. it also makes a claim of helping to improve fuel milage, and the feeback from people with 7.3's that i found seem to support that, even if its just 1 or 2 mpg. i never keep track of mine so i cant say if it helps or hurts.
one other thing i can say is this. ive had my fair share of fast toys, ( worked chevy's, 93 Typhoon, 4 sportbikes), and i can promise you this. i have spent alot more money on plenty of other "add ons" and been less happy with the results. im happy with the results on something that cost about the same as an air filter, and i dont have to worry about it shorting anything out. if anyone is looking for a cheap thrill, maybe this will work for you too.