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Old 06-24-2010, 08:08 PM
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What first???

So, I just bought a 2001 F-250 Super Duty with the 7.3. This is the first diesel I've owned. My questions' what should I do first? It has a 121K miles on it. I have a semi-tight budget but don't want to spend an a ton of cash. Its a super cab short bed 4x4 with a automatic. And I want everything that's with in reason. I've been told to get a cold air intake, big exhaust, Bully Dog tuner, chip and the list goes on. I don't even know if it has dual turbo's. What's an easy way to find out? I've owned big Fords before but this is one is the first that doesn't run on 89-110 octane. So, looking for suggestions from the ones who know it all. Also, is there any good books to look at? To help with future idea's?
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Old 06-24-2010, 08:24 PM
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its a single turbo... they didnt make a dual turbo until 2008...

do not get the bully dog chip or tuner....

here are my suggestions

DIY intake
straight pipe your stock exhaust or a 4" budget exhaust kit
Gauges ( Glowshift start at 209.00, autometers 300+)
custom tuned chip like a TW, DP or PHP

as far as other suggestions i suggest a larger trans cooler at min..

if you have any other questions feel free to ask

-Raul
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Old 06-26-2010, 04:11 PM
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So, I found that the exhaust has already been done. Next I was looking at a K&N intake kit but, from what I've read it only adds 7 more horses. Is this about all I can get from K&N or should I be looking at a dry flow?
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Old 06-26-2010, 04:24 PM
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The DIY intake is the best way to go. It flows just as well as most of the aftermarket intakes and in MUCH cheaper. I did mine for nearly for free with stuff I had laying around the shop, + the price of the filter. Although I disagree with the neccesity of custom tunes on a rig with nothing more than intake and exhaust, I would deffinately get a chip or programmer capable of being custom tuned just incase down the road you want to upgrade. Gauges and a trans cooler are also top priority.
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Old 06-26-2010, 04:32 PM
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you can make your own intake alot cheaper. just search for a diy intake in the forums and theres complete instructions on how to make it and excatly what youll need and its alot cheaper and works just as well. and forget about the bully dog i used to have one then i went to a custom chip and its so so much bettter. and theyre safer for your motor and tranny and if you are looking for more power you can get bigger injectors and hpop and turbo and on and on. The question is how much power do you want and how much are you willing to spend. it dont take much to get alot of money into these motors and i would also recomend getting some guages. you dont wanna go turning it up without them. and if you add a chip youll prolly wanna upgrade your tranny a lil with a vb and shift kit. Itll just make your tranny last longer in the end.
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We pretty much have the same truck .

If i could go back in time, the first mod i would have done would be the DIY intake. Probably the most important one I've done so far. Only cost me $65 bucks. And boy does it sound good lol

After that a simple muffler delete pipe for your stock 3.5" exhaust will provide sufficient airflow to support the intake. Cost me another $65 bucks.

After that a good custom programmed tuner (I recommend diesel innovations ) and it will really wake up the truck. Mine was about $400 bucks.

Then after that most guys will say to get guages....i currently don't have them. IMHO, as long as you drive normal, even with a chip, gauges aren't really a necessity. But most say otherwise.....

And most importantly.....enjoy your truck!
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Raul pretty much summed it up !!! Will make it a completely different truck that will make you smile every time you slide behind thye wheel.
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