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New to diesels, do I need gauges?

Hi, I just bought a 2002 f250 last week. It has 180000 miles and it came with a superchips 1705(three tune) tuner. Right now it is set on the high performance mode because I'm assuming that will get me the most fuel efficiency. However, I have read that I should probably be running at least an EGT gauge and a tranny temp gauge. I am not towing anything heavy and I don't live in high elevation. I may be pulling my jeep on a flat bed at some point though. Should I be buying some gauges? If so, what marks should I be staying under? Thanks in advance!
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Yes. Period.

Pyro, Boost, Trans temp and Fuel pressure are the top 4...

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I got my truck with the same tuner originally, tow performance gave me a lot better mpg.

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Gauges are never a bad idea. Once you start adding power, they are vital.

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As already said gauges are always a good idea. Where do you live, are there any hills or mountains around? If so, I would not tow anything with the tunes loaded in the truck until I got some gauges. If you need to tow something before you get gauges, I would go back to stock.

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If you add power definitely. The digital gauges are the easiest to install I went with the DP Tuner Infinity because of the digital gauges. It is also a diagnostic computer and a PCM programmer. Good stuff!!!

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I live in northwest Missouri. Not a lot of hills and I won't be towing anything for a while. Heaviest ill be pulling is my jeep on a flat bed. By then I should have gauges. This weekend I am driving to Columbia (3.5 hours) and I was just wondering if I was going to need gauges but I have had multiple guys tell me no in person. I imagine if the truck has 180k miles without gauges it will probably live another 400 without them...
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If you run hot tunes with no gauges you won't be running for long, even on flat ground if you hot rod it. I have intake and exhaust mods and even in a relatively mild tune I can see 1K* if I get on it for any time at all.
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Gauges should be the first thing you do, this allows you to derive a good baseline so you can see how future mods affect the powertrain. Even a stock truck that never tows can still benefit from having gauges. I would also look at getting some better tunes than the old 1705 tuner.

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Stay within the limits that superchips recommends for the setting you are running, and you may be ok. It's not all brimstone and fire if you opt to run a tuner without gauges, just be sensible or it can be! As for the superchips tune, I used to run it and it wasn't bad at all. The tow performance tune was the economy winner for me too. I got some PHP tunes and I like them, it was better than the canned tunes indeed.

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