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Install and Review (chip, intake, turbo upgrade)
Hey guys, I just finished helping my friend install some parts on his 00 F350 6spd. The truck was stock except for a 4" turbo back exhaust.
6-position chip, ATS compressor housing and wheel, AFE intake, All from XDP.
As far as the physical installation went:
Compressor Wheel. The hardest thing to do was the compressor wheel. The old one came off hard. We had to use the impact the whole way. We tried running a die over the shaft to clean up the threads (1/4 28) but couldn't hold the shaft. We didn't feel like taking the welded exhaust down to get a wrench on the exhaust side. The new wheel would only turn on the shaft about 1/2 turn and then get tight. We couldn't tap the wheel because the tap didn't want to start and we didn't want to mess it up any more than it already was. Finally we just hit it with the impact A Lot of times until it went on far enough. The stupid nut was improperly sized so the socket was so loose that the nut was almost totally rounded off by the time it was on far enough. We could still push the shaft back and forth enough to make it drag. There was however a sweet spot that it seemed to stay at so we fired the truck and it was fine. Hopefully its on far enough.
The ATS Compressor housing. They managed to get the outlet at enough of a different angle that we couldn't line it up with stock cast snakes nest. We figured out that the stock piece was hitting the intake inside the passenger side silicone connector and preventing us from misaligning it with the intake enough to get it lined up with the compressor housing. We removed the factory cast aluminum snakes nest and ground 1/4" off on the passenger side outlet tube. This enabled us to actually install the V-band clamp. Thankfully the silicone boots were stretchy enough that they still sealed and stayed on when we tightened the clamps.
AFE Intake. This was the best fitting piece we installed. We had no issues and the fit and finish was nice. The design made a nice improvement on the cleanliness of the engine compartment by eliminating all the stock air ducting. The filter was huge and the battery hold down was strong. They could have a better design for the IAT sensor. They just supply a grommet that you push the sensor into. It doesn't use the positive twist to lock in place factory method.
The chip. We didn't have any issues installing this either. They could have provided some type of backing plate for the switch to tell you what position you were in. We did cut out the back of the plastic ECU holder to give the wire some more room. It was a pain getting all the silicone off the pins. I can see why people have problems with it. The best solution I found was soaking it in nail polish remover and then scraping it off with my finger nail. The scotch bright seemed to take the coating off to quickly while still leaving some silicone.
Over All Impression. I have to say that I was not impressed. I drive an 04.5 315hp stock cummins 6spd. This truck still seems snappier and torquier than the 7.3. The 7.3 is much better than stock that is for sure. We were running a 10k mod and I was expecting a much bigger improvement. The turbo still doesn't lite much below 2k and the thing is out of fuel by 2800. The turbo whistles like crazy now. It doesn't matter if you are in the fuel or not, it whistles loudly All The Time! This guy previously owned an 05 6.0 with a Hypertech and holy cow that thing was fast. This truck is still a dog, even compared to my cummins. It may be a little faster in a race but the power band is so narrow it would be harder to drive. Over all I would say it was not worth the $1k he spent on the stuff. It might be worth half that. It did start slipping the clutch towards the end of our test drive.
Hope this helps someone! Thanks