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Mods for heavy towing

I want to add some power for pulling heavy loads 18K lbs. I also want to keep it fairly quiet in the cab. I have installed guages and bypass filters on tranny, oil, and coolant. Where should I start. I don't want to give up any reliablity. I was planning on the diy tymar filter but after reading I am afraid it will be too loud. Was thinking about a Walker BTM. Any suggestions. I want my 7.3 to have about the same power as my 6 liter as it pulled the same load well stock it just hasn't been reliable, and I don't want to give up any reliablity on this truck. Thanks for you input.

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with 50K original miles
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I would do the Ford AIS intake and replace the tranny coole with the 6.0 one.
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Tranny temp pulling was right around 190. Isn't that pretty good?

2002 F350 DRW CC 4X4 Lariat 7.3
Stock except for Banks Brake and Timbrems
with 50K original miles
FS 2500 bypass filter
Coolant filter
Tranny filter
ISSPRO gauges water, tranny, pyro, and boost.
AIS FTVB 6.0 cooler CCV mod
Zoodad mod
PHP 6 position chip stock, 25 tow, 40 tow, 65 tow, 80 daily driver, smoke show. WOW!
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thats not bad but the cooler the better, if you cant find a 6.0 cooler dieselsite sells the v10 cooler which is also bigger than the 7.3 cooler and a little cheaper

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The 6.0 cooler is the biggest you can get and you want a huge cooler when pulling heavy loads. Gauges, intake ( Ford AIS) , Exhaust = you don't need a new 4" system, sounds like you have read some of my posts, the BTM will work great for you, Then I would add a valvebody to the trans to shorten the sifts, long drawn out shifts aren't something you want when towing heavy. I would just look at my mods and copy them. Not to be a wise guy but I built my truck for reliable towing first and power second. I have towed close to 20K in Hay bails and granite on several occassions and it did amazingly well, much better than a 6.0 would have!!! Then you need a good towing tune, for that kind of weight you want a 40hp tune, 60-80 is to much for 18K and you will probably have EGT issues. I would call Jody!! Tell him if you get a VB, and you really should. PM me with any ?

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My CCV MOD, Coolant filter
06 Grill, 05 lights,6.0 trans cooler
Cyro/Hawks, JVC Touchscreen HU, JL C5's, Infinity 800watt amp,
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Exhaust = you don't need a new 4" system, sounds like you have read some of my posts, the BTM will work great for you,NCH
Agreed. I put the BTM on my stock 01 7.3 Auto and it really woke up pulling my 8K 5er.
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Agreed. I put the BTM on my stock 01 7.3 Auto and it really woke up pulling my 8K 5er.
Thank you sir!!! I did the testing years ago on three different trucks as have others. Been preaching my results since early 03, some listen and some don't!!!
I will say this, if you do need a new system due to rust or whatever, it is cheaper to buy a 4" system than a 3.5. But I would leave the stock down pipe or you will loose bottom end.

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2000 F350 DRW,CC,LB, 4X4, Western Hauler Pkg.
Ford AIS/ BTM, FTVB
My CCV MOD, Coolant filter
06 Grill, 05 lights,6.0 trans cooler
Cyro/Hawks, JVC Touchscreen HU, JL C5's, Infinity 800watt amp,
DP tunes, 60 tow/80 e/120 race, on a SCT2 tuner
P3 controller, Brite Box Turbo Lifesaver
KMC Wheels x 4


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