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Old 10-21-2007, 11:28 AM
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Chips; problems and benefits.

Alright...Christmas time is sneakin up on me...and i was wanting a chip for Christmas...for my 7.3 liter powerstroke...now i know there are some good ones out there...and i know DP Tuner makes a great chip...and ive talked to him...but i dunno...i was just wanting some opinions OTHER than DP Tuner...like what the best kinds are...what mode i should leave it on most of the time...probably economy for me...because i drive a lot of miles...and also the most important thing i wanna know...is which one would be less likely to break stuff...and if the transmissions typically hold up to the abuse of a chip...i have the '03 model by the way...so as far as i know i have a good tranny...and i would like to know if they are worth it...if someone could leave me a pretty detailed response it would be GREATLY appreciated...thanks!
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Old 10-21-2007, 11:44 AM
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You got to get gauges before getting a chip if you don’t already have them. I’d also recommend doing the DIY intake with the Baldwin PA2818 filter and straight piping the exhaust first. Total cost for all that should be less than $400, about the same as a good chip.
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Old 10-21-2007, 07:54 PM
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see ive heard all that...the only thing ive gotten so far is a 4" turbo back mbrp exhaust system...just the flow through muffler...not straight piped...but i dont have gauges...or another intake...would a chip be a good thing to buy...or would i start messing stuff up...i wouldnt leave it on the top setting...it would be mostly on economy stock or towing...unless i wanna show off a lil bit...
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bump again...anything guys??
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:37 AM
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Its up to you, a new engine and tranny can cost over $15,000, if it were me I would NOT get a chip without gauges.
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Make yourself a DIY intake like "the frog" said. Get yourself a set of gauges too, boost pyro tranny temp are the 3 you need. on a pillar mount I know you can get a good set for around $300 or so. The intake will cost you about $50 to make yourself. As far as a flip chip goes, DP is great, also heard excellent things about tony wildman's tunes too. Elite and Innovative also offer good tuning I hear for the 7.3's on an Xcal2 programmer, but if I were you I'd go with a flip chip.
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i got a hypertech and my uncle has a superchips on his 99 f250 and we both get really good milage with that but if i was you id get a flip chip
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Old 10-22-2007, 06:34 AM
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i dont even know what a flip chip is??!??
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Old 10-22-2007, 08:12 AM
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It’s a chip that goes in the computer that has a switch you can mount on the dash and select different settings while you drive. There are many different settings to choose from stock to 140+hp to heavy towing to economy. You can also get custom tunes. My chip has 6 positions and was about $300. A flip chip is the only way to go and custom tunes are the best.

Here is pics of my chip installed Shutterfly | Slideshow
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