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Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Kingsport, TN
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Ready to pull the trigger on a chip, but lots of ?s first!
I am ready to buy a Phoenix, but I have many questions.
First this is the run down on my truck.
2000 F350 4x4 7.3 PSD w/Auto
DIY 6637 Induction
Stock Exhaust w/Walker BTM Muffler
Triple Pod w/Pyro, Boost, & Tranny Temp.
Not daily driver but sees about 4500 miles a year.
Tows a 6500 lb. trailer from time to time.
What I Want:
More power without killing the truck.
Better fuel mileage.
Now to my questions, I have listed what I "think" the tunes should be on my chip. These selections are followed by questions... lots of questions...
#1 Stock - Do I even need this? Why/When would I use this? My state has no emissions testing BTW. Can't I just unplug the chip if needed, or is this unpractical? Would continual plugging and unplugging wear the chip/ECM out?
#2 XXhp Tow - I don't know which one. My trailer weight is about 6500 lbs, however, I live in a very mountianous area. Many long, steep grades. Should I do the 80hp or 65hp tow? What is the difference between the 2 beside the obvious hp difference... shift points maybe?
#3 XXhp Daily Driver - Once again not sure which one. Does one offer more economy than the other?
#4 XXhp Performance - You guessed it, don't know. Torn between 80hp and 100hp. What is the difference between a 80hp DD tune and a 80hp performance tune? What is the difference between a 100hp performance tune and a 100hp race tune?
#5 XXhp Race - 3 options here again, still no idea. Can I really get 140hp out of a tune? Will the 140hp even be usable without the egt's going through the roof? Is the 100hp or 120hp more realistic?
#6 High Idle X,XXXrpm - Not sure here either. I idle my tuck to operate a winch from time to time and occasionally while making quick stops running errands. So, what RPM and why?
I mainly want more power, any economy picked up is a bonus. I just don't want to put some tunes in that will never be used, because they run too hot or are not practical. My thoughts are that I will mostly use the daily driver setting around town, obviously the tow tune while towing, the performance tune when running late for work , and the race tune when I feel the urge.
If you have read this far, you deserve a medal and thank you for your time. All reponses are greatly appreciated. I just want to do this once and get it right on the first try. Maybe I'm over thinking this whole thing? Is there really a big difference between the daily driver, performance, and race tunes? Thanks!
2000 F350 XLT SCLB 4x4
PHP 6 Pos. Chip
DIY 6637 Induction
Stewart Warner Gauges