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Old 10-31-2011, 05:12 PM
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some noob questions/help

hey guys new to the whole diesel thing and was wondering if someone could answer some questions for me. got a 2001 f250 sd six speed ext cab. it has 287xxx on it. my main concerns are besides the normal fluid changes what else should i be looking out for? the truck runs amazingly well for the miles and age of the truck. no leaks ( none that i can see anyway ) although it does look wet in some places. also what are some good/cheap/diy mods i could do to it. looking to keep this thing until it rots through. any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:51 PM
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Welcome to the org and to the 7.3 community! Do you know if any mods have been done yet?
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Old 10-31-2011, 06:11 PM
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no mods as of yet. i know that diesels will run FOREVER if taken care of. it was used as a hauling truck for carpet racks from northern missouri to northern iowa. i bought it for 2k so not into it too much if something major does go wrong with it (knock on wood). my only problem with throwing any large amounts of money at it is the mileage. i have been looking at replacement parts and some are not bad priced but engine wise that is by far not cheap!!!
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:02 AM
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The most common and cheapest mods will be the DIY intake. Read this.

Intakes...who and what!.. ( Write up )

Follow that up by replacing the muffler with a piece of straight pipe.

Be sure to check local emission laws and requirments before you do anything. Some states recognize a turbo as a muffling device, others don't.

You'll love the sound and will notice an increase in fuel mileage
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:22 PM
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thanks i appreciate it. do you know what normal mpg are for these trucks? right now i am averaging about 16 in town. havent really done to much highway driving yet so not sure on that one.
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:59 PM
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Mileage can very on these trucks. Don't trust the console if that's what your basing your mileage from. 16 seems to be too good for a stock set up unless you're really easy on the throttle. Next time you fill up pump until you see fuel in the filler neck. This will take some time since diesel areates so bad from the pump. If you base your mileage from when the pump clicks off it will be very inacurate. No tunes with the DIY intake and straight pipe I get around 14 city, 17 highway and 19 state highways running around 60. I bought my truck from my dad because it was getting terrible fuel economy. Averaging around 13 and he didn't like the fuel bills. With a little research and some help from the org I was able to increase that with simple mods to what I'm getting now.
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:13 PM
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thanks mxfever090. i do drive like i am eighty years old, a few tickets /suspended license when i was younger changed my driving habits very quickly. i will definitely fill it up like you said next time to get a better calculation for my mpg.
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