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Old 05-29-2012, 04:45 PM
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1996 F350 7.3L .. Chip or Tuner

I could use some input relative to my plans to performance upgrade my 1996 F350 7.3L. Crew Cab.

Its current HP rating is stock at 210 hp. I plan to go with a chip/tuner 40-45 hp increase with addition of a 3" down pipe. Next year, will add an inter-cooler and possibly a 4" exhaust and then plan to add another 50 horsepower with the chip/tuner.

With the above in mind, I am wonder which is the best route to go, Bank's Big Hoss Tuner or the TS Performance 6 position chip.

Banks folks tell me they will upgrade me to the extra horsepower when I need it at it no charge. If I go the Banks route, I may add the transmission module for stiffer shifting, hence less heat. In any case I do not plan to go above 40 HP without an inter-cooler. Note, that I do not use my truck for heavy hauling/towing. Use it basically for light hauling. May haul a skid loader on a trailer for a short distance.

My biggest problem right now is stop and go traffic in the city. The traffic is piled up behind me until I reach the sustained 35 to 45 mph range. I do not like mashing the accelerator and like to stay below 2000 rpm. I am thinking 40 more HP should help without putting too much strain on my power system. I prefer not to add the small turbine scroll. I am thinking that my stock 1.0A/R housing will keep turbine speed down on a long cruises, that is less of a choke condition, perhaps lower EGT's as well.

The feature l like about the Bank's system is that is seams straight forward and was designed with sensitivity to the fragility (no inter-cooler, large down pipe, injectors, etc.) of the early 7.3L and transmission and does not mess with the stock engine codes. I am not sure how the TS chip compares.

Thanks in advance for the feedback.
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There are SO many threads about this.
Banks is dumb. TS is dumb compared to custom tunes too.
Custom tunes do everything you want and more.
Get a DIY intake or whatever you feel like, free flowing exhaust with the 3" DP like you said, and then custom tunes on a TS style chip from Beans, BTS, Gearhead, Innovative, Swamps, Tony Wildman, or PHP. Gauges are a good idea.
For you, I'd also get a valve body, much better than the "transmission module," whatever it is, from BTS, John Woods, or Gregg Evans.
Also a bigger trans cooler for the stop and go is a good idea.
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There are SO many threads about this.
Banks is dumb. TS is dumb compared to custom tunes too.
Custom tunes do everything you want and more.
Get a DIY intake or whatever you feel like, free flowing exhaust with the 3" DP like you said, and then custom tunes on a TS style chip from Beans, BTS, Gearhead, Innovative, Swamps, Tony Wildman, or PHP. Gauges are a good idea.
For you, I'd also get a valve body, much better than the "transmission module," whatever it is, from BTS, John Woods, or Gregg Evans.
Also a bigger trans cooler for the stop and go is a good idea.
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Thanks jesilvsas. Great feed back. I am going to dig into your recommendations.
Thanks again.

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