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Old 09-18-2010, 09:52 PM
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Ex Dodge CTD guy that now owns a PSD and ???'s

Hey guys, I just bought my first in my life Ford. I'm nearly 40 years old now

I have been a Dodge lead tech for nearly the last 20 years (dealership) and I have owned all Dodges in that time. So I have quite a few questions about the 1999 (early m/y) Powerstroke 4wd crewcab that I bought last weekend. I have been reading quite a bit here on the forum and my head is spinning to what I have, what is good and what is bad as well as is my truck normal???

I have done the normal services so far and was mostly interested in my tran's being that under any type of acceleration this thing hits hard into all gears! (Auto trans) Hits so hard that it has launched my drink out of the cup holder once. It does have a performance ATC torque converter that I found out myself. PO had no idea what it was. So, any idea what is going on with the shifting? Does it sound familiar to any type of aftermarket valve body mod? Can I lower line pressure to make it shift softer? Not looking for a Cadillac shift, but........

Also, is there anything else that I really need to keep an eye on? I have been all over the truck trying to find issue's and get them fixed. Been a busy week on getting it into shape that I'm happy with

Any idea's or help from you experts would be greatly appreciated

Thanks guys
Donkey
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Old 09-18-2010, 10:40 PM
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E99's have cup throwers...

Line pressure's are likely not tuned for stock programming on the engine. You can take it to a trans shop and have your line pressures measured, if you lack the tools to do that yourself. Once you have that data any decent trans shop should be able to tell you if something in the VB has been tweaked.

E99's weren't to much different than other SD's.

You have AB code 130cc split shot injectors, a 15* High Pressure Oil Pump (HPOP), slightly different turbo, and 2 1/2" intake plenums.

99.5-03's had AD's (140cc) and a 17* HPOP. The plenums were 10 bolt 3 inch and the turbo went to the .84 turbine and V-band everything. But all that can change, 7.3's are pretty bolt on friendly.

Only thing I'd keep an eye on is the Cam Position Sensor (CPS). The originals were black, and when they go out the truck dies and won't restart until it cools off. As soon as it warms up it repeats the performance though.

The post recall CPS is gray, and when they go out the truck will run like crap, or just die, or run fine under 2k RPM's, or start gettin really bad mileage, or...

The blue T444E CPS has an unknown timing value, nobody's ever scoped the engine with one of each to see just what the difference is so, avoid that one if you plan on goin for performance.

Best answer is to find a place still selling black CPS's and buy two or three. Carry those and 10mil in the glove box.
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Old 09-18-2010, 10:54 PM
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Yep, I have heard and talk to a few people in the past about CPS and the problems they create. That is a very soon purchase.

From what I have found in the truck so far
It has a K&N intake system. I've never been a big fan of K&N but should be better than stock
Straight piped stock exhaust although the cat is still installed (gotta love California smog laws)
ATS torque converter and ?? with the VB

A friend of mine wants to give me a superchip, not sure what one. Is it worth it?

I will get a EGT and trans temp gauge. Are Ford tranny's as susceptible to heat as Dodge?
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Is it an ATS or an ATC?

ATC makes TC's, at least a google search says they do. Never heard of 'em though so I wouldn't know what to tell you there.

A free super chip is worth running lol. The tow tune is a good tune, IMO.

Get the big three for gauges, boost, pyro, trans. Most gauge kits come that way anyway.

My trans typically runs 80 over ambient air temps.

Unless I'm gettin stuck in bad traffic on a hot day, then it'll get up around 100 over.

I've never broke 200* though, even being stupid.
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best thing to do for trans temps is install a 6.0 trans cooler. that will keep it down.
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I'm still running the stock cooler, FWIW.
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meh. its cooler up there.
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Whoops.....ATC purple colored converter

And good to know on the trans temps. Thanks
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ATC and purple?

ATS is purple.

Not tryin to get confusing brother, just tryin to be clear.
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Old 09-18-2010, 11:21 PM
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LOL, ya its purple. Sorry, worked a long day today. Eye's and brain getting grainy
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