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Old 09-10-2007, 09:21 AM
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pcm/interchangeability

Hey all, I have a 2001 F350 7.3l DRW 4x4 looking to chip pcm or program it...I have access to a "loaner" 2000 F350 7.3l DRW 4x2 pcm that has already been chipped or programmed cuz it hauls butt...Owner bought it that way and offered as a test box/borrow unit whe i need to pull..He has no clue as to what brand chip or program it is...Problem is I have no tear tag/pcm number from his due to its gone....

If I swap pcm's could I inadvertantly blank/fry one of them out just by plugging in and driving?

suggestions??
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:13 AM
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Before you can safely run any performance enhancement like a chip or programmer you really need a set of gauges so if you are serious about fixing up your truck then buy the right stuff for it in order. It will cost you about $800 to do everything you need to make her twice as powerful and reliable.
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:56 AM
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What would you recommend?

I pull 12k pounds weekend work and would also like to be streetable/but more power than stock when not pulling. I have no gauges-have zoodaded and foil deleted.Also air box/element is cone style but unsure of make...Exhaust has had cat and muffler removed ...170k miles...

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Boost,Tranny (if its an auto) and Pyro
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Let this guide you young grasshoppa!
http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/7-3-mod-help/
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Old 09-10-2007, 01:50 PM
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Ah YES this young grasshoppa appreciates the link to the VIDEO ...I was considering the DP tuner due to previous recommendations...When you see ads for chips you wonder do they solder in or what?..That looks like a cake walK! The F5 is 16 different tunes?...Also what does the cable do ? Interface with some sort of lcd/tune screen/laptop?..Grasshoppa wanna learn...
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Old 09-11-2007, 08:30 AM
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Here is my personal list copied from another post:
Welcome and here is my personal recomedations
# 1 Good air filter, look at the Baldwin PA2818 filter for around $30-$40 for the best filter system out there.
#2 Gauges, don’t do any performance mods without gauges ($300)
#3 Open exhaust, either have the cat and muffler cut off and straight piped for around $80 or buy a complete exhaust for around $400, either one will reduce egts and help everything.
#4 Get a good flip chip for around $300 for some real serious performance.
#5 Do the fuel tank and prepump filter mods to protect your injectors and fuel system and allow about 100 more miles on each fillup. ($35, see my pics)
#6 If an automatic tranny then get a Trucool 40k aux cooler for around $120

I would also change all of the fluids (rear chunk, front chunk, tranny, T-case) over to good quality synthetics like Amsoil. And make sure the engine oil, fuel filter, antifreeze, etc are cleaned changed and maintained.

So for around $800 you can have a very aggressive and still reliable truck.

You can look at the pics in my signature link to see most of my mods.
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Old 09-11-2007, 12:20 PM
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Grasshoppa can learn!

The above info is good and pretty accurate.

My suggestion is read up on all of the threads in the "7.3 mod help" forum and if you have questions post them individually has new threads since asking multiple questions further down in a thread often get over looked.

If you need to actually HEAR about it, and get a ton of questions answered in succession... you can call me. 443 553 9234 but I am at work until 11pm tonight... I have school from 7-10 and then work 245-11 tomorrow, and then work 245-11 again on thursday.
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Great advise guys, Ill keep you posted on any updates...I listened to a clip today of a 5" MBRP exhaust...OMG!!!! instant wood...sounded like a semi-thinking on getting the exhaust work first and then some gauges before I DP her...oh that sounded funny-anyway, Thanks again!
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