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Chipping/.Programming a high miler

I just bought a 97 F250 HD with the 7.3 and a 5 speed, thats just turned 240000 miles. And as I'm new to the PSD, I'm wondering if it would be a good or bad idea to put a programmer on it. Its a smaller programmer....basically a plug and play, and I will use the truck mainly for pulling my 27 foot RV. I took a trip yesterday from Calgary to Red Deer (Alberta Canada) and got 15.54 mpg just running at 65 mph with out towing anything.. Is this good? Bad? Ugly?

Its all stock, running 265 70 16 all terrains...

Any info would be appreciated....

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I just bought a 97 F250 HD with the 7.3 and a 5 speed, thats just turned 240000 miles. And as I'm new to the PSD, I'm wondering if it would be a good or bad idea to put a programmer on it. Its a smaller programmer....basically a plug and play, and I will use the truck mainly for pulling my 27 foot RV. I took a trip yesterday from Calgary to Red Deer (Alberta Canada) and got 15.54 mpg just running at 65 mph with out towing anything.. Is this good? Bad? Ugly?

Its all stock, running 265 70 16 all terrains...

Any info would be appreciated....

Thanks...
Welcome to Powerstroke.org! No its okay to tune up the truck, but I highly suggest at a minimum some gauges first. At least a egt gauge as a bare minimum. You will find out you probobly want a intake and 3 inch dp also, but once you have the egt gauge you will find out if you need it

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I'd even suggest upgrading the air intake and exhaust before gauges and chipping it.
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i agree with both of them.. a set of gauges, intake and exhaust will help a lot.. let me know if you have any questions i would be more than happy to answer them
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yeah my truck has 220000 miles on it, i have whats in my sig. and i have no problems. the motor is a little weak though but still pulls hard, hard starts in the cold or cool weather, yes i done replaced the glowplugs and the relay is good and have new injector o-rings.

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Welcome and nice truck I just ran a 350 mile trip on my truck at 307,000 miles on it and got 20.25 mpg with my mods below. I do agree a full exhaust and intake and deffinetly some guages if you get a tunerI forgot to add I even have 4.10's and I also have 265's all around

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I plan on getting a chip with just the 80hp economy setting. would I still need to get gauges if I'm just running the eco setting all the time?


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I plan on getting a chip with just the 80hp economy setting. would I still need to get gauges if I'm just running the eco setting all the time?
Yes you will still need gauges. and possibly the rest as everyone has said. The pyrometer to keep an eye on your EGTs and the rest to keep those EGTs down where we like them. under 1250*

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1st Gauges, air intake, exhaust or straight pipe and DP Tuner or Tony Wildman

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i agree with both of them.. a set of gauges, intake and exhaust will help a lot.. let me know if you have any questions i would be more than happy to answer them
Raul, do I have to drill and tap for the crossover hose. Are connection already there?

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