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post #1 of 14 Old 01-22-2011, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Just got my first diesel

Hello
Im pretty new to the whole diesel thing but ive always liked them.
I finally decided to buy one i got a 2003 7.3 with about 200k miles on it.
Motor looks like its been taken care of really well and is very clean.
I wanna do a few mods to it but i dont know where to start. I know with cars you usually do a intake and stuff like that.
Do air intakes make any difference on diesels.
Also whats a good exhaust id like to get stacks but id like to get decent name brand ones.
Let me know your opions
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Howdy, and

Let me say I don't have the 7.3, but there's plenty of great information here, and a lot of die-hard 7.3 nuts laying around. Best intake I've seen is either the DIY mod, as for stacks the prominent names there are Grand Rock, or MBRP. Stacks are interesting, if ya tow you may not want the exhaust and soot all over your trailer. Sound wise, stacks are loud, you didn't mention much in you post/sig about the cab which will play a factor in that.

Hope this was helpful, and good luck.
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Just like a gasser, LET 'ER BREATHE!! Also, you should probably get some gauges, especially is you intend on tuning or towing!

And welcome, noob here myself with my first diesel(been around 'em awhile though)

2000 F250- 7.3 Auto 4X4 CCSB
180K miles and counting
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6637 mod
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Thanks for the input its a super duty its got the extended cab with the half doors the ones that can only be opened if the front door is open
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yeah i know i need an exhaust temp gauge and a trans temp and boost any others that i would need ? who makes the diy air intake ?
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The DIY air intake is a filter you buy, and build a box and intake setup for. Should be a thread on it around here somewhere. Most run those 3 on the A-pillar or they get the Edge Insight (which will monitor a bunch of parameters). Anything beyond that isn't really needed on the 7.3 that I am aware of. Its not as maintenance and observation heavy as the 6.0.
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thanks for the help
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that edge insight looks pretty awesome can you see your exhaust temp and everythnig through that ?
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There's a probe you'll need for the Exhaust temp. Fuel pressure is under development. Its pretty year and model specific as to what it will and will not display, but its the greatest amount of information to the dollar you'll find.
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I have a 2002 F 250 Crewcab (CC) 4x4 7.3. I run the Edge Evolution, AFE stage 2 air intake, and a performance 4" turbo back exhaust. You can set the Edge up to monitor up to 4 parameters of your choosing. I personally monitor my turbo boost, EGT (exhaust), EOT (oil), TFT (trans). You can monitor other things such as speed, rpms, and other things but those 4 are your most important. to monitor the exhaust you have to install a thermo coupler (supplied w/ edge) into your exhaust manifold. it is easy and takes about 20 minutes.
You will see people that say they wouldnt do an edge unless it has so-n-so's custom tunes, there are a lot of opinions out here. as for me, I wouldnt change anything about my setup. I love it. It did what I wanted with power boosts and most importantly MPG's!!
you will be VERY happy with the 7.3 and glad you didnt get a 6.UH-OH!! lol
welcome to the board, there is a LOT of great information on here and some very helpful and friendly people here!!
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