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post #1 of 5 Old 01-26-2007, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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To chip or not to chip !!!

Have a 1997 F250HD 7.3 and wonder if it's best not to chip. I have heard so much about tranny problems after chipping.
Truck seems to pull 15,000# 5th wheel as it is. Maybe a little slower on take off and slower up hills but I'm in no hurry.
What ya think.
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I'd say it depends on if you want to go faster!!! Definitely research the different manufacturers of chips/programmers. There are pros and cons of each different manufacturer. If your adding horsepower you might want to let your truck breathe better. I would suggest adding larger diameter exhaust and a possible intake. I'm no tech but it's what I would do.
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Any one else have any thoughts on this one? I'm still new to the whole diesel scene and haven't researched 7.3L trucks a whole lot.
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Tranny problems depend on your drivind style. If you start with a good tranny and don't abuse it you should be fine. I would definatly get a chip. You will only be able to get a max of 75 hp, so its not like the output of a superduty. I would also go with a good intake and 4" exhaust. The benefits of a chip is not just power, you get bettter throttle response also.

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i'd say get guages, intake, exhaust and then the chip, you definately won't be disappointed. it makes it like a different truck way better and better milage and towing ability. plus it is way more fun to drive!!



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