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I want Single Shot Injectors, but...
Every Profesional Mechanic I talk to in CA tells me to stick with the stock injectors the truck came with. What do I do???
First of all, I'm new to posting here, but have been lurking for a while. Thank you for all of the great information. I have invested many hours into studying all of the information here.
I am new to diesel trucks, but always wanted a 7.3 Ford because I heard nothing but good things about them. About 6 months ago I bought a 2002 F250 CCSB w/ 210k miles from a friend, so I know alot of the history of the truck. He was the second owner, so there are still some unknowns.
The truck has been good, and I hauled several 2-3k lb loads from Sacramento to Reno and back in the bed of the truck. The truck started leaking/ using oil, I had a small leak at the EBPV valve on the turbo and fixed it (It now has a pedestal with the EBPV delete) I was still loosing oil, but I thought I am now burning it. I took it to a well respected Diesel speciality mechanic in the Sacramento area and he diagnosed it as needing Injector O-rings, but recommended as long as we were going to be replacing those to replace the Injectors while they were out, due to having 220K on them now, and they are "probably worn out" I was not ready to pay for all that work at that time, so I drove the truck home and it has stayed in my driveway mostly for the last month. This is when I began researching injectors. I do not want to make this a race truck, or go crazy with it, I just want a dependable truck that can haul some weight and pull my ski boat when I need it to.
The other mods under the hood that I know about are, the turbo has an ATS housing and a wicked wheel. It also has a K&N type intake filter and a cold air intake box. It had an Edge Juice with Attitude Programmer on it when I bought it, but it was 7 years old and started to develop some problems, blank screen sometimes, and it would make the truck run poorly. I removed this shortly after buying the truck.
The mechanic that diagnosed the O-rings recommended replacing with stock injectors, I mentioned single shots, and he said not in CA due to emmissions and such. I have several other friends who are mechanics and know the mechanics who work on our company trucks, every one of them says keep it stock. I really want to start usiong the truck again, and want to fix it either with the stock split shots, or some stage 1 single shots. I realize I will need custom tunes and I am fine with that, I even want to wake the truck up a little, but I have no intention of racing it.
Is there anyone in CA who has single shot injectors in a 1999-2003 7.3l and is happy with them, and not had any problems with the emmissions people?
If I do go with the single shots, I will also want gauges, and most likely a regulated fuel return, I do not want to have to upgrade the HPOP also which is part of my reason for wanting to stick with the stage 1's. Is there a benefit to running hybrids?
Thanks in advance for your replys. Please Advise. Any advice is appreciated.