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Old 01-20-2008, 04:01 PM
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I have a 1997 f-350 7.3 Diesel, Dulley--I pull a 31`2005 5th wheel -both paid for -On 6% grades my truck has a hard time, afraid it will blowup.--I`m new at this, looks like I have three options. (1)-Banks stingerplus system, Banks Brake, Smartlock Transmission Controller. (2)-Buy a Freightliner,P2 Sportchassis ( $65.000 to $130.000.- (3) ????? Need Help. Thanks
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Is your truck bone stock?
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I have a 1997 f-350 7.3 Diesel, Dulley--I pull a 31`2005 5th wheel -both paid for -On 6% grades my truck has a hard time, afraid it will blowup.--I`m new at this, looks like I have three options. (1)-Banks stingerplus system, Banks Brake, Smartlock Transmission Controller. (2)-Buy a Freightliner,P2 Sportchassis ( $65.000 to $130.000.- (3) ????? Need Help. Thanks
you just said "the B word" twice in the same post.......

j/k man, Welcome to the ORG. hope you get some good info on getting your truck to where you need it.
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Old 01-20-2008, 04:07 PM
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Stock, elec brakes, cheap exhaust brake, K/n filter system, thats it,
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Gauges are a good place to start to keep track of the vitals. 3" downpipe and straight exhaust then shim the FPR for extra fuel pressure along with a chip from Tony Wildman would give you alot more power. It all depends on how crazy ya wanna get.
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Get rid of the K&N and hook yourself with a DIY Intake.

Definately buy gauges (EGT and Tranny minimum if it's auto, boost for fun) so you know what kinda temps you're pushin'.

Then get a 3.5" downpipe & 4" turbo-back exhaust. The stock downpipe on our OBS trucks are ridiculously restrictive.

Tony Wildman's flip chip or DP Tuner chip is the best for our 7.3's. Tony doesn't charge you to reburn the chip if you do any big mods further down the road
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Do you think the changes you mentioned will be enough to allow me to keep up with traffic on a 6% grade, or will I need More.? Thanks
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The Banks stuff would be pretty good for you. That seems to be the crowd they cater to, the guys towing who need some safe power. There are lots of other upgrades out there that you can mix and match to get the same or better power for cheaper, but that can take a while to find everything that you feel suits you just right. Tikal got you some ideas. Definitely want to get gauges so you can be sure it's not getting too hot, especially on those long grades!
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Thanks for the info, I think your right, Banks is the way to go for a guy like me ( seeing how i don`t know what i`m doing ) they do it all at the same time, and I assume they have a warrenty. I`m sure i`ll pay more this way, but thats the cost of ignorance. Thank again, I`ll let you know how it goes. Bill J
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Your not exactly paying for ingnorance, more or less the name... If it was my decision I would do the exhaust, DIY intake, TS chip, and of course gauges. It would undoubtly be more bang for your buck!! oh ya
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