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Newbie help with Mods?

Hello All, I am a new powerstroke owner and obviously new to the forum. I recently bought a 99 F350 crew cab xlt 4x4 w/ a completely stock 7.3 and 126K miles w/ auto trans. The truck runs great and is a pleasure to drive. I think I'll put new glow plugs in it soon as they are supposedly the originals and it doesn't like starting on really cold mornings.
I took it on a road trip right after I bought it and only got about 15 -16 mpg. Of course I was moderately loaded down with gear (no trailer) and cruising at about 80mph. I've heard about tons of modifications that folks do to these motors, none of which I have the slightest clue about. I'm just looking for some advise and expertise on what's out there that might fit my needs.
First of all, I have no desire to spend $10K to get 500hp and race at the local drag strip. Actually I'm at the opposite end of the spectrum. I'm wondering what are the most dependable and quality mods that can be done to increase fuel mileage without sacrificing dependability and longevity of the engine. Of course I'm not totally against a few more horses along the way!
I've been told to "chip" it by a friend of a friend. He even offered to sell me a used Livewire TS programmer. I do like the idea of having different settings for towing vs. economy, etc. But, then I started looking at different products and got totally lost. I've also been told to get bigger exhaust. But then there's turbo back vs. cat back? Not to mention intercoolers and intakes... (like I said, I'm a clueless newbie)
Soooo, I thought I would ask around and research a bit more before I decided on anything.
Go ahead and lay it on me! Whats out there? What would you do if you wanted to get better mileage? What are the best, most proven, quality modifications and manufacturers out there? Remember I'm a beginner so don't hesitate to show off your knowledge and learn me a thing or two. Also, you can leave out the acronyms please!
Thanks in advance for your advice/help!
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There is enough info here to teach you all you need to know.
Take some time and read back on some old threads.
Read all the stickies
Read the tech section
Use the search button.

Your truck is 14 years old and literally everything you could want to know has been covered 100 times.

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6637 intake, chip for sure, exhaust and gauges. You will be happy with the results. But like Joel said there are plenty of threads on here to help. If you have any questions ill be happy to try to help

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I don't know the rules here yet about posting links but here is a list that was compiled by spingerpop a while back. It's pretty good as far as covering all things 7.3.

Powerstroke Mods and Maintenance

I would definitely look in to the fuel system mods before anything since that is really a weak link in these trucks.

If I am in violation of any forums rules feel free to delete that link mods and it won't happen again.

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Thanks fellers, I have been doing some research on this and other sites and you're right, there are TONS of mods out there. Now I'm just trying to figure out which ones will suit my needs and which ones I can afford. I'm definitely gonna start with the hutch mod then probably a regulated return fuel system kit from strictly diesel. Then I think I'll get into the intake and exhaust part of it. I just wish I had endless piles of money laying around!
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It's an addiction buddy. lol. Sometimes when I'm out with the lady and I spend some amount of money, I figure up in my head what it could have bought for my truck... tonight $28.37 on Mexican food. That's half the price of a set of clear clearance lights....

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^ Agree mods are addicting its crazy the money you can spend real quick.
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Step 1. Gauges.
2 air in and out
3 turbo injectors and tuner.
5 tranny.
6 rob a bank
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as much as what everyone above said is correct.The 1st thing I suggest is making sure the truck is 100% healthy.I would get the Infinity from DP Tuner (here is a link)http://www.dp-tuner.com/dp-tuner-tv/...ty.html..Learn to monitor what the truck is doing and what it means..
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Totally true.
Otherwise you're potentially masking small issues until they become big problems.

PIS 175/80's, Van Turbo with EBPV, BD Billet Wheel
Lots of money spent at RiffRaff
Holley fuel pump, in tank mods, crappy riding leveling kit, DP-F6, 5 Gauges+Edge CS in dash, CB radio in Dash, over 100 goofy little mods
Still pretty slow, just less slow now.
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I love finally having my truck back... that 7.3 dog that I was driving was just not cutting it.
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