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Has anyone bought a chip or programmer and regretted it?

I bought a Superchips Cortez (whatever the hell it was), and I really didn't care for it. Returned it.
I'm considering a PHP Phoenix (or similar) 6 position chip, on the fly, for the versatility of adapting to conditions. My truck is basically stock, and I intend to keep it that way. I have done the 6673, gutted the cat, muffler delete, and stancor mod. I plow snow, haul a boat, and use it as a daily driver. No racing, mudding, etc.
Has anyone ever put on one of these chips and regretted it due to damage it caused, or just wasn't happy with it. I get the fact that I'm going to stomp the pedal more often and this may cause some issues if I continuously beat on the truck, but in moderation.
Anyone with issues or buyers remorse?

Truck is a e99, F250, 4X4, ext cab, long box.

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You won't regret it. I can't stand driving my truck in the stock setting now, not just because of the power, the drivability is so much better with a custom tuned chip. The only thing you're missing that is strongly suggested is some gauges, EGT, Boost and trans temp are the most common but an EGT gauge is the most important.

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Many consider the PHP as the best chip out there for the 7.3, and is for sure the best bang for your buck

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Agreed, I'm running PHP tunes and love them. And you can't beat $295 for 6 tunes. You'd be happy with any of the big names in tuning though.

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I regret waiting a whole year to buy one. Have the PHP and it hasnt hardly left the 120hp setting.

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Gauges absolutely. I intend to get them as well. I certainly don't want to destroy anything. On top of more power, will one of these chips tighen up the shifting on the transmission? Mine feels a little slow to shift. I'd like to make it a little more positive shifting. I realize electronics can only do so much, but the programmers address the shift points and crispness as well correct? It would be nice to hear a rear tire chirp as it grabs second gear.
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Agreed, I'm running PHP tunes and love them. And you can't beat $295 for 6 tunes. You'd be happy with any of the big names in tuning though.
Man we almost have the exact same mods!

2003 7.3 4-door Long Bed DRW
American Force 22" Classics on 33X12.5X22
Irate Diesel Competion fuel system
Rancho RS9000XL Shocks
PHP Custom tunes
Foil Delete
ZooDad Mod
aFe Stage 2 XP CAI
MBRP 4" Turbo back S.S Dual Exuast
Edge Insight CTS
Stancor GPR
Directed Smart Start
Kenwood Dnx 7160 W/Kicker L-7
Too many Recon lights to list..
07 H.D Front End Conversion W/ HID's
08 Tail-Gate
Roll Pan
S366 t4 mount
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The transmission tuning is probably the best part of custom tunes. It'll shift a lot better than stock. And mine chirps going into second.

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The transmission tuning is probably the best part of custom tunes. It'll shift a lot better than stock. And mine chirps going into second.

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Man we almost have the exact same mods!
I noticed that too lol

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