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Old 02-17-2008, 11:32 PM
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Help: newbie performance ?'s....

I'm trying to do as much reading/research as I can and get as much feedback as I can from members on here. I have always had/built old cars, so I'm a total newbie as far as diesel performance goes. I just purchased a 2000 7.3 powerstroke earlier today that will be my daily driver along with work truck( I own a window cleaning company so it won't be hauling much of anything ) I'm looking to upgrade the performance on the truck. Is there a standard limit of where your cut off is as far as HP/TQ before it will affect your reliability? I also was wondering if anyone could fill me in with definite musts on what to do with this truck.I figured tranny mods?It's got the auto tranny. From what I read I was kicking around getting 4 inch straight pipe,DP tuner, and an AFE intake. My truck is pretty much bone stock, so I'm trying to figure out what order to buy the parts in if I can't swing all the $$$ at once.Thanks for your time, and I look forward to your replies.
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Talk to ATS for your tranny, they built mine for my 97 F-350 with a cummins 12 valve pushing almost 660 to the rear wheels and 1450 tq and its awesome tranny it works wonders no problems so far and ive got 20k on it and trust me its been a hard 20k lol! and if your looking to keep that truck running over 200k then i would not put a tuner over 100hp gain on it most over fuel and wash cylinders down and 7.3 has a hard time with cylinder 7 atleast my 01 did and my brothers 2002. both had chips and they were over 100hp. but thats just my opinion
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Old 02-18-2008, 07:28 AM
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I'm trying to do as much reading/research as I can and get as much feedback as I can from members on here. I have always had/built old cars, so I'm a total newbie as far as diesel performance goes. I just purchased a 2000 7.3 powerstroke earlier today that will be my daily driver along with work truck( I own a window cleaning company so it won't be hauling much of anything ) I'm looking to upgrade the performance on the truck. Is there a standard limit of where your cut off is as far as HP/TQ before it will affect your reliability? I also was wondering if anyone could fill me in with definite musts on what to do with this truck.I figured tranny mods?It's got the auto tranny. From what I read I was kicking around getting 4 inch straight pipe,DP tuner, and an AFE intake. My truck is pretty much bone stock, so I'm trying to figure out what order to buy the parts in if I can't swing all the $$$ at once.Thanks for your time, and I look forward to your replies.

I would do a DIY intake, straight pipe, a set of gauges and a DP tuner chip, in that order. As far as trans stuff, I would talk to Jody at DP tuner. He works with John Wood for trans tuning. A John Wood valve body in conjunction with a DT tuner chip and you will be good to go. Don't worry about the power settings like mentioned in the previous post. 171K here with a lot of fuel being used and not problems.

For a full built trans I would go with John Wood. A great transmission, it will hold more power than some other three letter brands and the customer service is out of this world. The only other trans shop I would recommend is BTS.
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