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Getting my first OBS and seeking help

Well guys, got rid of the tuned 6.4 and am turning my head to the trusty 7.3. After searching for a good bit I've found the truck thats right for me that has some maintance records and a new tranny with 6,000 miles on it that is warrantied.

I searched around in this forum a little bit, but i was mainly wondering what type of maintance is best for these trucks. From my 6.4 expierence, maintance was huge which im completely fine with, i just would like to double check and see what you guys would suggest for filters and oil ect. Rather be safe than sorry!

Also, is there any mods that could be suggested for reliability?

The plan is to pick this truck up this weekend and change all the fluids and go from there.

Truck is a 97 ECLB leveled on 35s and a few other goodies.
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Do the flip cap test, check turbo for dusting, and smell the trans fluid, but since it has a warranty you should be fine, good luck and welcome to the obs section lol

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If it is a 4x4 the TTB is gonna drive you batchit crazy coming from a 2008. I would (and in fact I am going to!) replace it with a dana 60.

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'97 CCSB f-250 4x4 auto, 6pos chip w/ canned tunes, AFE intake, 4 in exhaust, 3in dp, 3.55 gears,
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Do the flip cap test, check turbo for dusting, and smell the trans fluid, but since it has a warranty you should be fine, good luck and welcome to the obs section lol
Did the flip cap test, checked the wheel it spins freely without any play, both looked good. The truck seems to be in pretty good condition, it has two rust spots that are very small, one on the driver rear fender and one on the bottom of the tailgate. Its a southern truck so its pretty clean. I know theres quite a difference in handling coming from my 08 to this truck, but i never thought about a dana 60. Will keep that in mind.

Do you guys just use the ford motorcraft fuel filters? I know with my 6.4 it was somewhat of a bad deal if you didnt use the motorcraft parts. Is it the same way with these trucks? Anyone know the part number off the top of there head?

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I use napa gold fuel filters, no issues here, and I have a fram air filter on the dually, and an afe intake on my ccsb

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2000 excursion V10 2wd 230k
2000 Excursion 7.3 4x4 246k
1995 CCLB DRW 324K
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Well at least you caught the loose bolts before they cause any damage. Nothing worse than a sloppy hole
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I use napa gold fuel filters, no issues here, and I have a fram air filter on the dually, and an afe intake on my ccsb
Appreciate the info! The truck has a stock intake at the moment but i am looking into buying a new one. Ive read the K&N's are junk. True?

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yes k&n filters will dust your turbo. Look into a 6637 air filter

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Yes, some do have positive results tho running a k&n but they mostly dust turbo's, I have a fram ca8037 filter on my stock dually, it's my ghetto 6637 since it is by far smaller but it cost $20 everywhere

-Kris-
2000 excursion V10 2wd 230k
2000 Excursion 7.3 4x4 246k
1995 CCLB DRW 324K
2001 CCLB DRW 319K
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Pulled the trigger, truck is a southern truck with very very minimal rust. Came from SC/NC line. Truck has 5" exhaust, HIDs, ts 6 pos chip and wheels an tires. Deffinetly planning on an intake, just gotta research a little more.
Anyways, figured it wouldnt be a bad idea to put a fresh coat of wax on her.
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The tymar 6637 seems to be the most popular intake. I have an AFE stage 2, it came with my truck.

Gerry

'97 CCSB f-250 4x4 auto, 6pos chip w/ canned tunes, AFE intake, 4 in exhaust, 3in dp, 3.55 gears,
Dana 60 rebuilt and waiting to be installed
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