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Old 10-01-2012, 03:48 PM
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chipping my '96 7.3

hey guys,

ive been looking into getting my 1996 f250 2wd chipped out and more performance etc.
ive looked into the TS performance 6 position chips and it looks like thts the direction im going. i have a B&S intake on it, and ive straight piped it leaving the cat on.
my questions for you are:
1) would "hollowing" out my cat be worth anything besides being "illegal"?
2) what specific gauges would i need to keep an eye on things under the hood with the chip?
3) are there any rebuild/upgrade kits for my stock turbo if needed?( its a 1996, so its a "wicked wheel" stock)
anymore help, tips or advice is appreciated, thanks!
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:01 PM
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1 yes the cat is very restrictive if you have to have one deffinatly gut it

2 gauges get boost, egt, and trans temp if its an auto

3 there are rebuild kits available and also 1.0 housings to help get boost sooner but it also raises egts
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:05 PM
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A ts is a good choice, especially if it is custom tuned. Hollowing out your cat will allow the motor to breathe easier. Monitoring EGT's is a must. Fuel pressure, boost and tranny temp is a good idea. If you want real turbo upgrades you will need to go after market. I'm not sure if you have a wicked wheel or not but they are only a small improvent anyway.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:20 PM
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the only bolt on aftermarket turbo for an obs is a d66 from beans but i dont think stock sticks will light it up very well
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A 3" DP and intake (which I see you've already done) should be done before anything else IMO.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:33 PM
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would the 1.0 housing be worth buying? im keeping my injectors and everything stock, besides the upgrdes ive listed above in my post
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I've never dealt with one personally, I've heard the boost comes on a little earlier, but it pushes EGT's up (as you said). I personally wouldn't waste the money on one, but that's your call. My stock turbo lights great, but I also have stage 1's and a T500. I told myself I was going to keep everything stock (aside from exhaust, intake, and chip), figuring it would be plenty enough power. Well, let's just say that went out the window once I got a taste of power. I was hooked
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:02 PM
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haha yeah thanks, i think if i take out my cat air flow will be all around better, my turbo dosnt light up unless i really floor it(which isnt often) im going for longevity of my truck here, but some minor performance upgrades is ideal
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3" DP along with a cat-delete will wake the truck up. Could also ditch the muff while you're at it.
Pyrometer and Trans Temp are a must if you drive an auto. Boost guage is fun to look at, but a stock truck is going to top out around 20psi so there is no real need to monitor it. Fuel Pressure and HPO guage are usefull, but not crucial.
A TS with canned tunes will wake your truck up, but it won't come close to custom tunes. Custom tunes are also generally a little easier on your transmission if you drive an auto.
Other than a D66, there isn't a whole lot you can do for turbo's on an OBS. Stock turbo's will hold generally hold up to 35-40psi, so unless you plan on pushing past that there is no need to upgrade.
1.0 A/R exhaust housing will spool you up quicker off the line, but EGT's become an issue if you start working the truck.
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:41 PM
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what fuel pressure guage should i get, theres "custom glowshift" ones where you can pick 4 guages, but they offer a "30 psi" and "100 psi"
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