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Poor Fuel Milage upgrade

My 1996 7.3 dually with 106K miles gets 8.2 MPG when towing my car trailer. I must do better. Love my truck and do not want to trade or sell. I'm told that an upgrade to Banks or equivalent 4" exhaust, a better air intake system and a "tuner" will bring the MPG to 12-15. I'm not sure what any of this is. Any help from you guys would sure be appreciated.

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Poor Fuel Milage upgrade

Yep all of that should significantly increase mileage and power. The stock exhaust on an obs truck is very restrictive so changing it to a more free flowing one will do wonders. Same goes for the intake. Do some searching around and you'll find tons of info on the subject.


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I'm looking as we speak. I wonder if there are specific references to good one's and bad one's. For example, I saw 10 different tuners offered - tough to know which one is the most reliable etc. Same for exhaust.
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Doesn't have to be a fancy brand name exhaust. Get an after market two piece downpipe (factory is squished almost flat, poor design) cut out your cat and muffler, build a diy intake using a piece of pvc and a 6631 filter, ts6 chip with tunes from TW, Beans, whoever...there are lots of guys writing good tunes.

Those few things and you will see a big improvement.


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Poor Fuel Milage upgrade

Stay away from canned generic tunes (superchip, edge, bullydog, etc). Custom tunes with a switcher is best. Php, tw, dp, beans are all highly recommended.

For exhaust they're all pretty much the same. Just get one with a two piece downpipe. MUCH easier to install.


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My first upgrade was a full Banks setup. But like JJ said it is probably the most expensive way to go. I don't have a Dually but I was getting 24 MPGs unloaded and 15 with a three horse trailer with living quarters 12,000+lbs (your numbers will be a bit lower with the added rolling weight and tire/road friction). Loved every minute of the Banks system.........................until I wanted more.

If you think that this is all that you will need for years to come then I say spend the money on the Banks Power Pack system. It has everything from the full big exhaust (get the added muffler delete pipe, about $45) to the chip to the 1.0 turbine housing to the trans controller to the InterCooler. The air cleaner is junk. RiffRaff for that or make your own. I pulled for years with this system and never had a tranny issue till after I took it off.

IF, you are thinking more power then that buy it in pieces and buy more then you need. If you are looking at only Stage I injectors get Stage II's and tune them down. Same with most anything. Getting just enough WILL leave you wanting more. Just my

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-370 Amp alt., 40k trans cooler, ADRENALINE PUMP
-twin on-board air w/ 10 gal. tank

-Oh, and a 2015 F350 6.7L DRW 4x4


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My 1996 7.3 dually with 106K miles gets 8.2 MPG when towing my car trailer. I must do better. Love my truck and do not want to trade or sell. I'm told that an upgrade to Banks or equivalent 4" exhaust, a better air intake system and a "tuner" will bring the MPG to 12-15. I'm not sure what any of this is. Any help from you guys would sure be appreciated.

Thanks so much,

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http://www.amazon.com/aFe-49-03001-Aluminized-Turbo-Back-Exhaust/dp/B007W45PKW/ref=au_pf_ss_6?ie=UTF8&Make=Ford|54&Model=F-250|667&Year=1996|1996&carId=007&n=15684181&s=automotive
AFE exhaust is currently on sale at amazon $140 turbo back including downpipe.
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That's a steal, and only 1 left, wish I could order it for my dads truck now

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2000 Excursion 7.3 4x4 246k
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2001 CCLB DRW 319K
Dp tuner infinity, exhaust, intake, chipped, tricked, and wrecked
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You guys are the best. I just ordered the exhaust from Amazon. It will arrive in mid to late February. Now for the air intake system. Any advise is greatly appreciated.
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You can spend big bucks on a brand name air intake like AFE (what I have cause I bought it before I learned more on here) or you can seriously just get a 6631 filter from NAPA or wherever and piece of PVC or whatever kind of piping you want for a fraction of the cost of brand name. Pretty much everyone here has a DIY intake.



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