PHPDiesel- Thank you for all your help, I appreciate the info that you have given me. You're welcome. I just want to help spare anyone from the aggravation and expenditure of money that I went through myself while trying to do my own tuning.
But, doesn't there have to a binary file out there for these trucks? I mean people are programing them right? Ha. There are dozens upon dozens of stock binaries. Ford didn't make it easy on the "hackers" because they made so many different PCMs with different binary addressing to keep the initial tuners on their toes.
I am just really tired of trying a chip or program out to find out that it won't work, or isn't right for my truck. Examples, I have had these items installed in my main truck, Diablo Sport, TS Performance 6 position chip, SCT SF3 tuner, every time I pull a heavy load the EGT's go through the roof, and fuel mileage goes through the floor, 8 to 9 mpg. As you have found out, there are a lot of products out there that will increase performance. Unfortunately, the research and development that goes into each one is the result of hours upon hours of figuring out how and where to get the PCM information and how to get the information back to the PCM with modified parameters.
The biggest kick in the pants is that the SCT SF3, when I return the truck to stock to pull a load I loose a unlock for the truck, even though it is going back into the same truck, VIN code, that is messed up, next time I pull the code the tuner will be locked out and have to be sent out to SCT to get more unlocks for it. That right there IS complete BS. I have never heard of such idiocy.
I guess if ya want the truck to pull like I know it will, I just have to fork over the money for all the chips or get a software program out of the box to do it..... Well, performance is relative. Believe it or not, you are getting the most out of your truck with any one of those products you mentioned. How each one goes about getting you that extra 100 HP isn't going to be the same between each one, but you are at the limit for your stock injectors at 85-90 HP anyway (E99 with AB's). No matter who does the tuning or what kind of chip or programmer you use (forget about 10K style mods), your truck will be maxed out at about 290 RWHP.
.... Do you sell a software program out of the box that can program these trucks? If so, how much am I looking at? Right here:Power Hungry Performance - Minotaur™
all 3 of my trucks, that I have now are E99 builds (built before 12/7/98) so the binary info should be the same. The 2 new trucks that I am looking at are 2000 and a 1999.5 model, so I suppose that will change everything too????? As long as they are all E99 trucks with similar transmissions, you should be good to go with one set of binary and definitions. If you have one with a different transmission....well....the definition and binary will be different. Sometimes you can get away with using an automatic definition with a manual binary....but it depends on the base file. Yes, a 99.5-00 truck will be different than an E99.
Thank you again for all your help.