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Purchasing a tuner
Hey guys, I've been reading through this forum for hours trying to figure out which tuner I should buy and what to look for when buying one. I was wondering if you guys could help me out in choosing something that best fits my needs. I have a '97 f250 single cab with 4:10 gears, 5 speed and so far it's bone stock. I just bought it a few months ago and repaired all the "needs" and now it's time for "wants".
I do plan to get a 3-in-1 gauge first for egt, boost, and fuel pressure. But that's mostly because I want to see the differences each performance upgrade does as I make them.
What I'm looking for; I want something that has multiple "on the fly" selections. I want the stock tune, a heavy tow, economy, high idle would be nice, and I need to have the blow smoke tune because my area is infested with deuche bag bicyclists who hold me up for miles on end. I want to "thank" them for making my day so great.
I was hoping to get a tuner first but I was wondering if that would be a bad idea if (and I am) I plan to do more upgrades. So far all I see myself doing is steeling the inter-cooler setup and HPOP from a 99-03, an air filter, and turbo back exhaust. And lately I have been intrigued by the idea of the smaller 1.0 turbo housing but I haven't decided on that yet.
Is buying a tuner first a bad idea? Should I do all of these mods first? And What tuners would you guys suggest and where should I get them from? I'm sure you all would know where the best prices are.
Thanks for your time and any help in advance.