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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!