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Proud new 7.3 owner! Looking for some insight

Hello everyone. I am new to the forum, and also a new owner of a cream puff 2002 F-250 Lariat PSD!

I live in Texas, but found this truck while on business in Charlotte, NC. It is a 2002 F-250 Supercab LWB Lariat with 31,500 original miles! It literally looks like it just came brand new off the showroom floor. It was a babied one owner. I was a little skeptical at first with the low miles. It has been my experience that when a vehicle has not been driven much, it can sometimes have problems more than one that has some miles. However, I have had it for 3 months, and it has not produced any known issues.

I have read the forum here some before my purchase. The carfax showed that the infamous cam position sensor had been replaced. The truck is also bone stock with no mods.

Now that I have had a few months to get a feel for the truck, I am curious about some mild performance mods. I am not a hot rodder, but the stock acceleration seems to be a little lagging. I never accelerate more than half throttle though, mainly due to trying to keep my fuel bill down. My main goal in doing a mod is to achieve higher fuel economy. I would also like a little more acceleration performance. I am not currently towing anything heavy, so a towing performance mod is not necessary (I bought the truck for payload, not heavy towing, as I will eventually get a truck camper).

My main concern on doing mods is the effect of wear and tear such mods might create (I hear the auto tranny does not hold up to higher power). I was hoping some of you might could offer some insight on to what I could do to achieve higher fuel economy and a little better acceleration without sacrificing the reliability of my truck.

I am pretty much in the dark on many of the mods available, but i did see a tuner featured in a magazine that peaked my interest. It's called the DP Infinity. If I go with a tuner, I definitely want one that reprograms, not a piggyback (I have a Harley, and the piggyback tuners for them are crap).

Thanks in advance for any advice! Pics of truck attached below.

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Nice find! If you don't mind me asking, what did you get it for? Anything under $16k was a steal!

My advice for the truck (and you) is read read read. This site has so much info! Make sure you read the stickies at the top of every section in the 99-03 7.3 section.

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Nice find! If you don't mind me asking, what did you get it for? Anything under $16k was a steal!

My advice for the truck (and you) is read read read. This site has so much info! Make sure you read the stickies at the top of every section in the 99-03 7.3 section.
According to the book value, I paid retail at $18,000. However, on my way out of Charlotte, I stopped by the local Ford house to buy an owners manual, and the sales manager there offered me $20,000 to buy it outright! Of course, I didn't take him up on it. I didn't buy this truck to turn around and sell it. You can't replace what I have. I doubt there's a cleaner 7.3 in the country.
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According to the book value, I paid retail at $18,000. However, on my way out of Charlotte, I stopped by the local Ford house to buy an owners manual, and the sales manager there offered me $20,000 to buy it outright! Of course, I didn't take him up on it. I didn't buy this truck to turn around and sell it. You can't replace what I have. I doubt there's a cleaner 7.3 in the country.
You still got a good deal. This might give you some info http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/eba...old-7-3-a.html . That was a crew cab though, so it should be 3-4k more then yours.

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Proud new 7.3 owner! Looking for some insight

You can start with a cold air intake and a exhaust system just to start.

Cold air intake I would recommend an AFE 2 stage. I have it on my 02 and love it. Stay away from K&N cold air

Exhaust system I would recommend a 4" system from turbo back and eliminate the muffler if you want to

Chip wise there's a lot of good ones out there php, beans, gear head, dp tuner, tw and a lot more just find out what you want out of it and they can hook you up

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nice find
a 4-5 in exhaust, 6637 or a cold air intake,gauges, and I would go with a php six position chip

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Wow, great low mileage truck. I'm wet behind the ears too. I just bought my 01 with 119k and thought that was low miles.. What part of TX you from?
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Wow, great low mileage truck. I'm wet behind the ears too. I just bought my 01 with 119k and thought that was low miles.. What part of TX you from?
Dallas/ Fort Worth area.
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I'm east of you near Canton.

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