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Old 03-23-2013, 08:14 PM
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Ok, as with most of you, my budget it tight so any mods i do will need to be cheap and show results. The better the results the more my budget officer (Wife) will allow expenses.
I bought a 97 OBS F350 4x4 crew with 7.3 PSD. First diesel i ever owned and love it. I drove cummins duramax for work but never got to drive the PSD. Now i own one.
I know so very little about these things so i am willing to learn, please do not BS me as i really want to learn.
PO states this rig has Banks turbo, banks exhaust and inner cooler. I found it has an inner cooler but the blue pipes crossing the engine and a friends description. I think the downpipe has changed as there is work on the passenger side pipe to floor board. I have no idea about the rest. She is going to Ken Emler diesel in sac for a look over.
She has 134000 miles and runs great, i want more. Wife wants to pull a 36' fifth wheel and i want power. First, i am looking at the attitude CTS and a Bank intake setup. What other low cost mods are recommended. I know the CTS is not cheap and will most likely fall off for awhile. Thank you
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:41 PM
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Don't buy an edge chip. Get a 6pos from beans or someone else. I ran an edge chip for years and have had a 6pos now for a year and it is so much better Better tunes more power runs better. No pulling over to re program **** just turn the knob! And as far as banks not many people run banks stuff on there 7.3. Seems to be more of a dodge thing. What kind of build are you planning for so we know where to direct you in the way of parts


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Old 03-24-2013, 07:48 AM
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You will want to find out if the truck is a 1997 California model. The 97 Cali's had some differences in the fuel system (pulse dampener attached to the rear of the fuel pump), injectors (split-shot versus single shot), glowplug system, PCM (very hard to find by-the-way), and engine wiring harness that are good to know going forward. I don't know how much the Banks intake is, but I would save some cash and get a Tymar intake for it. You can DIY something similar, but do the research first (I recommend just getting the real deal). Whatever you do, do not use a K&N (or that type) system on it.

On these trucks, the transmission (if it's an auto E4OD) needs attention especially if you plan on heavy towing and increased horsepower, so don't overlook it. Get a better tranny cooler (something like the factory cooler from a 6.0L or a TruCool Max), an upgraded valvebody from someone like Brian's Truck Shop (BTS) or John wood Automotive, and a better torque converter. I'm sure others will be happy to add to all of this. Cheers!
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:51 AM
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Don't forget gauges, and easiest way to tell a Cali model is a sticker on the pass side valve cover stating it conforms to California emissions, should be written in light blue, if its black and silver it is not a Cali truck
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Welcome to the forum. This is a great place to learn from those who have mods and know what does and does not work.
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:41 PM
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"Don't forget gauges, and easiest way to tell a Cali model is a sticker on the pass side valve cover stating it conforms to California emissions, should be written in light blue, if its black and silver it is not a Cali truck" (don't know how to do that fancy quote so cut and past works) LOL
351, my decal look silver and black, funny since i just bought the montana truck and took it to Cali DMV to register. The DMV inspector could not find the label and i told him, maybe since it is diesel it does not have one. He signed me off.

Does a non-cali mean i have a better truck, since calis are usually bogged down with crap?

This truck is going to be a daily driver and when we buy it, tow a fifth wheel.
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:19 PM
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Not really. The Cali trucks' splitshot injectors are capable of flowing a bit more fuel that the federal versions, but they have some differences that can be a pain. Cheers!
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Can splits be installed in a non-cali or is that too much work for the benefits?
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you don't want them.

get the TS 6 position chip with Tony Wildman tunes
you want what they call "Stage I Injectors" which are 160cc injectors
you have 90 cc injectors now
the injectors, chip, and the Banks Intercooler (only good thing Banks makes for the 7.3)
will give you about 340 - 360 horse on the ground, and about 700 ft lbs of torque

which is about double what you have now..in fact, call this guy, he will help you, and he's a straight shooter, he helped me a lot, and we've become friends thru the process....hard to find nowadays....

Cary T "OBSWIZ" on here :


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Old 03-31-2013, 07:10 PM
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I began looking at pricing for stage 1's. Found baby swamps but i do not think i could afford the crazy price. Any other suppliers that have more reasonable prices, or am i left to save my duckets longer? Also, to replace the sticks. i need to open the valve cover, so would it be smarter to change plugs also? if so, what would be a good mod? Any info with supplier would be gratefully appreciated.
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