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Need Help - Best Towing Mods? Adrenaline?

My 7.3 has one primary purpose, and that is to tow our smallish 5er that weighs about 7k pounds. By the time I load the wife, kids, their bikes, firewood, etc I figure that the truck is hauling about 8300 pounds. It tows this really without issue. What I'm looking for are mods that will help with low end power allowing me to hang in OD longer and reap the mileage rewards from it.

The truck is an 01 f250 CC 4x4 with 135k on the clock. So far I only have an Edge Evo CTS, billet converter, and shift kit installed on a freshly rebuilt tranny.

Within the next three weeks I will have also installed:

6637 Intake
Walker BTM in place of the stock muffler (wife is exhaust noise sensitive)
6.0 Tranny Cooler (doesn't do jack for performance, but I'm sure the tranny will love me)

I read that the OBS guys love the Adrenaline HPOP, but I know that the OBS pumps are weaker than ours. Would I notice a low end difference with the adrenaline?

Once I'm done with the Mods, the CTS is getting custom tunes from Bill @ PHP.

What are everyone's thoughts?

2001 F250 4x4
7.3 PSD with 136k
Evo CTS
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On a relatively stock truck, for the money it'd cost, there are other things you can do that will give you better results.

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Help me out here man. What are these other things???

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I'd do a real exhaust with a muffler, Wicked Wheel in the turbo, delete the exhaust back pressure valve, and Stage 1 injectors if the budget allows. Then custom tunes.

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I'd do a real exhaust with a muffler, Wicked Wheel in the turbo, delete the exhaust back pressure valve, and Stage 1 injectors if the budget allows. Then custom tunes.
What do you gain out of the Exhaust Back Pressure Valve delete ?
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Stage 1's are usually single shots and will require custom tunes.
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Within the next three weeks I will have also installed:

6637 Intake
Walker BTM in place of the stock muffler (wife is exhaust noise sensitive)
6.0 Tranny Cooler (doesn't do jack for performance, but I'm sure the tranny will love me)



What are everyone's thoughts?
I have the BTM in place and I do not notice any noise reduction.
I also have the 6637. While I cannot tell any improvement in performance it sure gives a cute whistling whenever I press the pedal.
No 6.0 tranny cooler, but I have a Tru-cool cooler, which is about half size the 6.0. This thing sure makes the tranny happy. This is thus far the best money spent.

You may consider upgrading stock shock absorbers for better towing performance. This is next on my list.
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I'd do a real exhaust with a muffler, Wicked Wheel in the turbo, delete the exhaust back pressure valve, and Stage 1 injectors if the budget allows. Then custom tunes.
A lot of what I have read indicates 3.5" exhaust is actually quite adequate for our engines. Most exhaust systems keep the stock 3.5" DP, so I'm not sure where the big gain is by going to a 4" or larger exhaust if the restriction still exists.

I've really chewed on the wicked wheel, but it seems the big gain from that is the elimination of flutter, which I currently don't experience. Along these lines, would the banks 1.0 housing help on the low end?

I can't delete the EBPV since its my exhaust brake.

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Intake, exhaust and good tunes. that is about all you can do till you start to change the big parts. I have the above and my truck pulls my 7k cargo trailer like almost nothing. I pull my 12k 5er and as long as you keep the RPMs above 1800 it pulls awesome. If you are going below that, click it out of OD and let it do its job. When the motor is not spinning its not pushing air which is what makes the turbo do its thing which is what (with fuel) makes the power to tow.


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You may consider upgrading stock shock absorbers for better towing performance. This is next on my list.
Hmmm what are you going to get? Mine are stock and coming up on 210k!

Just a basic 01 F350 CCLB SRW -Good from a far but far from good
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Excellent list to start with.

There would be almost zero worthwhile gain going to stage ones in a superduty.

The BTM will provide a similar EGT drop to going to a 4 inch exhaust

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