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Old 03-03-2009, 05:56 AM
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Towing with hypertech

I have a 02 250 that is stock except for a hypertech I had heard from a guy that it is unsafe to tow on stage 3 with this set up. Is that true?
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:51 AM
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others will chime in, but basiclly you are taking chances on high EGTs. you could get by if you have gauges to watch the temps. i did tow with a SC on HP but did not stay on teh petal all the time. just have to sence what it is doing.

really your best thing would to lower the setting or get some gauges to watch EGTs and others.
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the reps at hypertech say stage 2, is your best towing,and also your best economy mode.
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Without an egt gauge, i would pull on stock only unless you are talking about pulling a jetski. I pull my boat (5k) on my 100 hp setting and do ok but I have an egt gauge. I pull my 10k 5th on the 60hp tune and spend alot of time at 1000 deg and above. but the key is I know when to back out.... with out the gauge you dont. High EGTs will do really bad things to the motor and turbo.
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I tow a 12Klb 5th Wheel.

I've towed on Stage 2 most of the time with mine and it's been fine. This last trip, I towed on Stage 3 (I got lazy and didn't reprogram before the trip). It did just fine. I do have gauges so I can watch the EGTs and Tranny temps. (I also have a 6.0L Tranny cooler up front, which helps keep tranny temps down) Going up a couple of hills, I got up to about 1200* on the EGT gauge, I backed off ever-so-slightly to drop 'em down to about 1050-1100*. The truck kept pulling and I made it up and over just fine.

I haven't decided whether I'll do it again, but for this trip, at least, it was fine.

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Old 03-04-2009, 07:31 PM
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Thanks for the input, where is a good place to get guages from? Also is the stock tranny guage acurate and ok to use?
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Thanks for the input, where is a good place to get guages from? Also is the stock tranny guage acurate and ok to use?
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Stock tranny gauge is crap. Your tranny will over heat and fry before that gauge moves. Raul@StealthAutomotive is a site vendor and can get you setup with gauges. The only tune I would tow with is a custom tune. You have a off the shelf generic tune and from my expiriance towing with generic tunes caused my MPG to decrease.
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What he said! Raul is a good guy. or dieselmanor. Raul can also hook you up with a tw chip. tonys tunes will be much better then the hypertech.
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I tow a 12Klb 5th Wheel.

I've towed on Stage 2 most of the time with mine and it's been fine. This last trip, I towed on Stage 3 (I got lazy and didn't reprogram before the trip). It did just fine. I do have gauges so I can watch the EGTs and Tranny temps. (I also have a 6.0L Tranny cooler up front, which helps keep tranny temps down) Going up a couple of hills, I got up to about 1200* on the EGT gauge, I backed off ever-so-slightly to drop 'em down to about 1050-1100*. The truck kept pulling and I made it up and over just fine.

I haven't decided whether I'll do it again, but for this trip, at least, it was fine.

You can run 1200 deg all day long with a pre-turbo probe.
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You can run 1200 deg all day long with a pre-turbo probe.
Very true, but it's a personal preference to drop 'em down.
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