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what to get for a 7.3

im buying a 99 powerstroke (automatic) and i would like to see what you guys recomend i buy for it. Im looking into a DP tuner, AEM brute force intake, and silverline 4" turboback exhaust. im also going to get boost, egt, and trans gauges. i would just like to know if that is a good combination of mods and if not id like to know what i should get instead. i want my truck to be reliable and get decent gas mileage, like better than 14mpg. i also want it to go pretty good and sound pretty good. i cant afford injectors and turbo and mods like that quite yet so im lookingto just get started with intake, chip, and exhaust. also, if anyone knows more about DP tuners i would like to talk to you because i cant really figure out to much about them. Thanks alot.
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I would go with gauges FIRST. then go from there. The exhaust is the next place I went. Then chip/programmer. Then intake. As I understand it, intake won't do much till high HP.

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i just bought a 99 psd, first thing i did was straight pipe the exhaust, then an intake, and chip, definitely do it, thats all you need for now to start, if your gona be running it hard i would recommend the gauges for sure, but to start, chip , intake and exhaust is the way to go, im running about 16-17 mpg and still having fun driving it, go for it. . .

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Sounds like you have a good set up in mind. to the ORG too by the way.

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I have an 01 auto 2wd crew cab short bed that has a 4" turbo back exhaust and an intake and I get 19 MPG on the highway... I'd say you're on the right track to getting good mileage and having the power when you want it. Sounds like you have everything pretty much in order!

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Gauges first before tuner.

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PHP Hydra, Insight CTS, Intake, RR Boots and plenum inserts

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Plus, Gauges first gives you a good baseline to refer back too. I spent a couple of months watching my gauges. And I can tell you, that when my chip is on high, I burn hotter when I get in to it. Now with the larger DP and no CAT I can tell you that around town I am running 100 to 200* cooler.(I tow again next week so we'll see) While towing my 5er I could easily hit 1400* in seconds.

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3 gauge pillar(egt,boost,trannytemp)
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definatly gauges first, youll be surprised how fast your egts rise!



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Thanks for all you help guys i think im going to order gauges with the rest of the stuff. how hard are the gauges to install? well im sure ill find out. thanks again.
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Thanks for all you help guys i think im going to order gauges with the rest of the stuff. how hard are the gauges to install? well im sure ill find out. thanks again.
Not hard at all... most time consuming of the process is running wires and bitting your nails at drilling into exhaust manifolds and stock trim pieces! I started my install at 11PM and finished at 2AM with a 3 set of gauges.

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