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Old 04-06-2013, 06:37 AM
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Thoroughly confused on tuning.....

This topic has been rode hard, I know by all the google searches I've done. I apologize for bringing up again.
Seems all the searches I have done result in debates about a tuner vs a position chip like Ts Dp, Tw etc... Most of these searches are guys wanting max power from their rig and they have other mods.
This is my question.... I'm the guy that uses my 2002 F-350 occasionally, will be pulling a camper but nothing too heavy. 10,000 lbs at most. What is the best option for a stock truck just looking for a little mpg and power. I will probably do Diy intake other than that stock..

I'm a diy type guy. If something breaks I fix it. The flash programmer is appealing to me for the diagnostic capabilities and the power tunes of course. Everyone says the dp tune or tw tune are much better. I don't care about changing tunes on the fly. Seems to me the capability of using the programmer as a tool is a nice feature.

What would you experienced guys do? This is my first diesel I had no clue what a waste gate was 1 week ago but I'm learning.
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:48 AM
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Even for a stock truck a custom tune such as PHP TW DP or any reputable tuner will far out perform even an off the shelf TS chip. Most of the programmers (i.e edge superchip etc) are pretty rough on an auto trans due to the fact they really don't change any of its parameters for the extra power. Also, they have pretty old technology as far as making power. It's pretty much dump for fuel and advance the timing to get power. A good tuner such as the above mentioned change things like injector pulse and frequency, timing, trans tuning if its an auto, fuel and more and an tune specifically for mods you have done to your rig. The programmers also tend to build a lot of cylinder pressure which results in high EGTs too. Not good. Spend the money on a good chip. Hope that helps some


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Old 04-06-2013, 07:11 AM
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Thank you. I like the fact the custom tune is better for the tranny. Truck has 255,000 miles and I don't know history that well. My worst fear is tranny failure. Btw it is auto and shifts great currently.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:11 AM
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I had the same situation, I am going to keep the truck, and didn't want to have to pay somebody to fix it, so I needed a tool to diagnose it..... :

I bought an inexpensive Snap-On MT2500 off of e-bay, and the cartridges to work with my truck, and carry it IN the truck, and it can be plugged into the OBD II port to display data when driving if you like...

then on advice from Cary T. "OBSWIZ" of CT Performance, ( 775-835-3569 ), one of the sponsors on here, I got a TS 6-position chip and he burned Tony Wildman's Tunes on it for me. This has worked out VERY well, and I recommend this path. The more you learn about your rig, the better you will be able to handle a problem if-when it arises.....

Call him, it'll be the best call you make....
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:22 AM
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Thank you very much. Yes I will keep truck too and learn everything I can. I HATE and refuse paying anyone to fix anything. Dealer wanted $370 to rebuild my leaky oil cooler, I did it for $40.00! I understand now why a custom tune is better overall. Thanks again.
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If you want a programmer that also monitors and holds our custom tunes, check out our Infinity. It will monitor everything the PCM sees and will run 7.3L specific diagnostic tests. HERE is a link to it if you are interested.

Let me know if you have any questions. I would be happy to help you out.
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