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I can't comment on which tunes are the best because I am currently searching for tunes myself. However, if the truck is bone stock except for the 4" exhaust, there are a couple things that would be of benefit before installing the tunes.
Look into doing a DIY 6637 (Tymar) intake filter mod to allow that truck to breath better. It's not very expensive to do, but it is well worth it.
Get some gauges put on the truck in order to monitor the important things such as the EGT's, Trans Temp, and Boost. I decided not to go with the traditional gauges and I got an Edge Insight CTS and added an EGT probe. I really like the Edge because I can do a whole lot more with it than just monitor the three important things.
I'm not sure what his budget is, but these two things should be done before or with the installation of some tunes. I'm usually on a tight budget, so I've been doing parts individually and I'm just now getting to adding tunes to my truck. From my research, pretty much all of the big name tuners out there put out a good product: DP Tuner, PHP, Tyrant, Tony Wildman, Bean's, Swamps, etc... I have narrowed my personal search down to PHP and Bean's right now. All of the major tuners use a 6 position TS chip except DP Tuner which use their own style chip. Going with the DP, you would limit yourself to just their tunes. Going with one of the TS chips lets you change between the different tuners without having to change the chip itself.
Whatever he decides, let us know how he likes it and send him our way. Lots of good guys around here with a ton of knowledge on the 7.3L!
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