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Old 08-20-2013, 08:53 PM
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New to diesel, wondering best starter mods.

I recently purchased a 2WD '99 F-250 with the 7.3L and the ZF6 tranny. The truck has never had anything done to it yet, so I am looking for guidance as to what parts would be best to both improve the fuel mileage and boost performance. I live in the midwest, and would also like any insight as to the difference between maintaining this truck over my previous gasoline powered trucks.

As it stands, I'm looking at a new impeller wheel for the turbo, a turbo back 4" duel exhaust, an AFE stage 2 intake, and either a BDP 6pos. chip or an SCT Livewire tuner.

This truck will be both a daily driver, and used to haul random objects of varying weights as I have livestock and do landscaping/tree trimming on the side.

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There are indeed quite a few threads about this, but intake, exhaust, gauges and chip are usually what people do first. As to which is best of each of those mods is a matter of opinion. I have only had my truck for about 6 months and you can see my mods in my signature.
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id figure out if your truck is a 99' or 99.5'......
there are multiple forums on manufacture date so u can tell whick one u have
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check the build date on the door.
if it says 98 its a early 99, if the date is 99 then its a late 99.
there is a few differences between the two.

4 inch exhaust like mbrp or diamond eye.
6637 DIY from riffraff, or AFE/S&B CAI
gauges, either isspro or autometer. since your a manual boot and egt gauges.

PHP phoenix 300 bucks for a 6 position chip with custom tunes.

tony wildman, beans, gearhead and others are also great tuners.

i wouldnt get the sct, get a chip from one of the companies above.

then if you get surge id get a new billet compressor wheel.
riffraff, dieselsite and BD diesel all make good ones.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:53 AM
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i run the 2nd gen wheel from dieselsite and it is awesome. i build up to 34psi with stock injectors. and it goes in a stock turbo is the thing that kicks me.
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Thanks for the suggestions and links to answers. I tried finding answers, but most of the threads I could find seemed to be more geared to people that had had their trucks for a while and were debating finer points than I was wanting to get into yet.
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well other questions do you have? we will try and answer if we can
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Intake, exhaust, Gauges & Chip . Need gauges when you get chip to watch EGT. The difference between those mods and the stock truck are night and day! I would recommend a chip or programmer from a reputable manufacture DP Tuner, PHP, Beans ECT, their tunes are so much better on the truck.
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How about you be realistic about your goals then search,read and search some more.
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