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Old 09-17-2009, 08:35 PM
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Power, MPG questions 2002 7.3

I have several questions....I am considering getting the big hoss bundle along with torque converter from banks. Any input on this? Is there something better? I know there are hotter tunes out there but i dont want to cause any damage. I want as much power as i can get safely. Also, what is the best turbo setup? should i go with the quick turbo from banks or is there something better? I'm not interested in injectors (at least until the stock injectors go out). Any other mod or code delete suggestion. I keep seeing zoodad mod mentioned. what is this? Any input is appreciated. I need something that will hold up to towing, give good mpg, and power. thanks

currently running...big hoss chip level 4, K&N FIPK2, no exhaust yet. currently gets 15 mpg.
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Old 09-17-2009, 10:48 PM
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from what i have read, everyone says to stay away from banks on these trucks aswell as k&n filters, I have the tymar diy filter its good and cheap! I also have a DP tuner and most ppl will tell u to run a custom chip like dp, or tw and others! they are safe to run and better on the trans!
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Banks makes good stuff.... But it is way over priced and there is better out there.

Personally I would get a good custom tuned chip from Matt @ Gearhead, David @ DI, Bill @ PHP or someone along them lines.

Also get your self a Napa 6637 filter and a 4" exhaust pipe about 5" long and that will be the best and cheapest filter you can get. I have been running that one my truck for years.

For a turbo. Go with a Garrett 38r. Very good turbo even on a stock truck and you can grow into it later if you want. It is the best drop in replacement for our trucks.


On Edit: Gauges are a must no matter what you are running ether it be banks for a custom tuned chip.
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A bigger turbo wont do much at all w/out bigger injectors. Get a custom tuner instead. I will recommend tony wildman. They provide great power, great tranny tuning, and are very cheap. Do the Tymar intake. It sounds great, filters great, and makes your truck look like a big rig. The zoodad mod is just cutting holes into the front of your behind-the-grill area to increase air flow. But the tymar will do this just fine.
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Throw away the K&N filter and put a NAPA 6637 filter on. It will bolt right up to your K&N intake tube. Get a Tony Wildman (TW) chip or something similar. Put a 4 inch turbo back exhaust on. Get yourself a 6.0L trans cooler. And before you do anything get yourself a set of guages with a trans temp. Don't trust the stock guage on the dash, it is a dummy guage.
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What kind of mpg can you get from the custom tunes (assuming you have exhaust as well as intake). Im barely hitting the 15 mark in town and would like to be around 20 if thats possible.
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What kind of mpg can you get from the custom tunes (assuming you have exhaust as well as intake). Im barely hitting the 15 mark in town and would like to be around 20 if thats possible.
Depends on the truck. What are your ratios? 2x4 or 4x4? Dually? Tire size?

FWIW, with tonys tunes, I am getting roughly 19 or so in a SC SB 3.73 4x4 on 33's
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I get 17-18.5mpg in city driving WITHOUT mods.. might want to try adjusting your driving habits or check your basic maintenance items.

Most people w/ these trucks and a custom tune, exhaust and intake get around 23-25mpg highway. That seems to be the number I see all over.
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Maintenance is up to date, crew cab SRW short bed, 315's. Something about the newer 7.3s must be different. My brother has a 99 7.3 and he gets 20 mpg easy with an edge ez chip.
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They are the same exact motor I believe.. except the early PSD's and the late PSD's were a bit different, but they are the same thing to my knowledge
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