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How do I know if I'm chipped?

Just bought a 96 quad-cab dually. It belonged to lady's deceased husband, and she didn't know much about it. In the paperwork with the truck was a manual for a chip from US Gear? How can I tell if it's in there?
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Just bought a 96 quad-cab dually. It belonged to lady's deceased husband, and she didn't know much about it. In the paperwork with the truck was a manual for a chip from US Gear? How can I tell if it's in there?
Thanks - Bill

If it is chipped, there will be a computer-style chip sticking out of the PCM, usually with a wire attached to it.

The PCM is under the dash, just to the right of the e-brake assembly. DO NOT mess with it while the keys are in the ignition!


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Thanks, I'll check it out.
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from US gear?? dont they make the gear vendor? Didn't think they made any sort of performance chips

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I guess, back in the day, they did. Also discovered that there is a US gear dual range tranny in it. Looks like it may have all been done at the same time. I still can't identify the PCM. The only box that it looks like under the dash doesn't have anything resembling the OBD2 port. I will have to spend more time looking.
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I guess, back in the day, they did. Also discovered that there is a US gear dual range tranny in it. Looks like it may have all been done at the same time. I still can't identify the PCM. The only box that it looks like under the dash doesn't have anything resembling the OBD2 port. I will have to spend more time looking.
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Not sure how much applies to the OBS trucks VS. Superduty.... but here's a video that walks you through the removal of the PCM and the install of a chip.

http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/7-3...r-install.html
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there are 3 bolts holding the e brake assembly on. Remove them pull the assembly out and lay it down behind it you will see the PCM up by the firewall. there will be a chip in the middle of it if you have one.

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Great, I'll check that out. Thanks for the help.
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I'm putting a camper on it and will be pulling my Land Rover on a dual axle trailer to Utah this summer.
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