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Old 04-19-2010, 07:24 AM
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New (to me) PSD, 1st diesel. what to do?

Finally got my first Diesel. 2000 F250 PSD 6 speed 4x4. truck is real clean and runs great. 141k miles. Ill try to get pics up soon but I'm not exactly great with computers.

Anyways, I was wondering what I should do off the bat to ensure long life of the mighty 7.3. truck came from the original owner who took incredible care of it. it was his third diesel. truck has never been in an accident, never pushed a plow or pulled a trailer. He has done oil changes every 4k. I know his CPS went once and was replaced. the rear main seal went and was fixed. truck has had the usual front end work including ball joints.

overall the truck has no rust, clutch grabs very low, drive shafts are solid as can be, 4x4 works flawless, no smoke at all. truck has been bone stock all its life.

what are some maintenance points I should look into? I forgot to ask if he was running synthetic fluids but I will find out. If not should I switch to it? what should I be doing to the motor? I'm still a little new to the 7.3, but not completely a noob. I have experience with 7.3 ambulances and farm equipment. any help is greatly appreciated. I just want to ensure smooth sailing and long engine life.

Btw - for now, I plan on intake, stacks, and chip. what do you guys recommend for intake and chip??? I have one friend with a '06 5.9 who swears by the edge with attitude.
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DIY intake, and exhaust. for a chip stay away from programmers. go with custom tunes. TW, Beans, etc...

as far as the rest of the maintenace goes it sound like you have a pretty good handle on it. maybe upgrade the torque converter and VB?
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Definitely get a custom chip. DP, TW, Beans are all good chips.
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Talk to Raul, he is a good guy.

Forget everything your cummins buddy tells you.

You can build your own intake for about 40 bucks. Go to Napa and get fleet filter 6337 (I think that's the number, someone correct me if I'm wrong it's been a while). Find some 4" diameter pipe and a 5 in hose clamp. Piece it all together.

Raul sells Tony Wildman chips, gauges and stack kits. I'm sure you could work something out with him.

Enjoy your new truck!
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the number one thing to do is get guages, after that do whatever you wish, 6 position chip, 4-5" exhaust, intake

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maybe upgrade the torque converter and VB?
cant do that on a six speed hand shaker bud
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cant do that on a six speed hand shaker bud
d'oh! thanks lol id say hes in good shape then! get that truck!
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thanks for the input guys. appreciated. Raul - ill send you a PM in a second.

BTW - im also looking into upgrading headlights, grille, and mirrors. specifically like '04 mirrors, '05 grill and like '05 grille. is any modification needed or is it all bolt up?

any more tips on maintenance? what should I do for fluids and whatnot? I feel like I almost should flush everything to make sure. does anyone do Seafoam treatments?? I use seafoam on gas jobs to clear out carbon buildup. worth doing it on the 7.3?? and if so what is the best way?

Sorry for the newb questions, just wanna start off right. again, im fairly new to the site so if there is like a FAQ section im missing let me know.

thanks for everything guys, this site rocks.
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thanks for the input guys. appreciated. Raul - ill send you a PM in a second.

BTW - im also looking into upgrading headlights, grille, and mirrors. specifically like '04 mirrors, '05 grill and like '05 grille. is any modification needed or is it all bolt up?

any more tips on maintenance? what should I do for fluids and whatnot? I feel like I almost should flush everything to make sure. does anyone do Seafoam treatments?? I use seafoam on gas jobs to clear out carbon buildup. worth doing it on the 7.3?? and if so what is the best way?

Sorry for the newb questions, just wanna start off right. again, im fairly new to the site so if there is like a FAQ section im missing let me know.

thanks for everything guys, this site rocks.
if your already going to do 05+ grill you might as well put the 05+ headlights too... you only have to cut the header panel a lil bit to get them in.... and the 05+ grill will also need to be cut on the bottom to make it fit unless you get a 05+ bumper....
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