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post #1 of 12 Old 12-08-2009, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Level of performance vs engine life

I just bought a 2001 7.3 F250 that has a few mods installed.
I've never owned a diesel except my little New Holland tractor (no mods).
The truck came with an Edge tuner. I put around 500 miles on it and then decided to check what level of tune it was at since there's four choices including stock. It was at 2 or "race" according to Edge. I retuned it to level 1 for towing. I liked the way it drove a lot better at the higher state of tune but I'm wondering what that will do to the lifespan of the engine.
I actually bought the older truck just to get the 7.3 and its reputation for being bullet proof and don't want to be buying a diesel rebuild.
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yup so dump the edge it doesnt program your tranny..therefore fried tranny. engine.. is a tank. come on its a 7.3! dont worry there.
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Manual tranny
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ah nvm then. well there is honestly better custom programmed chips out there. but theres alotta people using edge too. from what i understand its all up to u!
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Please fill out your sig so we know what has been done to the truck. Sure makes answering your questions a lot easier!!! I sure hope one of the mods you mention is gauges, because I wouldn't have bought a truck that ran any tunes without gauges. You should also have a better flowing intake and exhaust before running tunes. Have these been done? You don't need a full 4" system, the restriction in the factory set up is in the cheap muffler they used, they necked down the 3.5 exhaust to 2.5" to use a generic off set muffler that causes even more restriction!! Back pressure is good on a gasser, not on a diesel!!! Either straight pipe it or use the Walker BTM to fix the exhaust. You can see by my signature how I feel about generic tunes, so I would make sure you have the proper supporting mods and then save up some $$ for some decent tunes from TW, DP , PHP, etc....... the difference is night and day!!!

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My "new" 2001 F250 CrewCab Longbed 4x4
Manual 6 speed - stock diffys
Lifted ~4" w/ 315 75/R16 Tires
Mods I have found so far...
Cold Air Intake,Aftermarket Turbo Impeller (great whistle)
Defoiled, Edge Evolution, 5" Exhaust turbo to tail
GlowShift Pyro & Boost (tranny temp ) triple pillar pod

My "old" gasser 1974 F100 4x4 w/ BUILT 1968 428 Cobra Jet 500+ tq/425 hp
I know gas fords and am learning diesel.
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I would get rid of the Edge if I were you. There are custom programmed chips that will be a lot better than what you can get from the Edge. DP Tuner, Total Diesel Performance, Power Hungry Performance, or Swamp's Diesel is where I would be looking. I'm running DP tunes in my truck and really happy with them so far.

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Well seems like you're pretty set
Which kind of CAI do you have?
But other that that, pretty good. But a custom tuned chip will do a lot better, that's for sure.



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So how much hp and torque can I crank out before having to upgrade something besides the clutch?
She's running 264,000 miles, and started great today at -14*

What is a reasonable level?
What #'s will a good tuner do?
It's mainly a daily driver and towing machine, but I want to smoke my friends ricer when I get the chance.


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congrats on your new powersroke

I never got into the whole cobra jet thing but, I had several 460 trucks that I loved. When I finally made the switch to the powerstroke I was SOOOOOOO much happier with my setup than with the big block gas drinker.

I am a BIG advocate of keeping the powerstroke as close to stock as possible as far as tuning goes. The higher flowing intake and exhaust are in my opinion great mods to make from an efficiency stand point.

From what I have heard, if you want to go for a tuner the DP is a great way to go.

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