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Does my 7.3 have to many miles to do mods?

I'm new to the diesel world, not to long ago i got an all stock 2002 F250 7.3L with 220,000 ( needed it for work and got it by doing a car trade, so i thought it was a good deal!) According to my neighbor who happens to be a mechanic if I do mods i would be doing more harm than good. That if I did mods I would shorten the life and probably would only be able to add a max of 80,000 miles on it. I was hoping to do a 6637 intake mod, ccv mod, get a 5" exhaust with 6" tip, and maybe a dp tuner. My dad has a 2001 7.3 f350 nearly all stock and has gotten 500,000+ miles on it, so i was hoping I could get a second opinion on it, what do you guys think?
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I can't see how opening up the intake and exhaust could be a bad thing???

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oh and

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2001 F350 XLT (POWER SEATS!!) 7.3 PSD ECLB SRW automatic, 153,000(ish)
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4in. turbo back straight pipe 5in. tip
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ISSPRO Gauges (EGT, Trans, Boost)
Foil delete
$.50 MOD
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I don't think it's the mods that kill, it's the driver.

when the truck stays stock there isn't much excitement to flooring the go pedal on a regular basis but when you start modding it you feel the need drive it like you stole it more often to see what kind of difference the mods make to it.

that being said, intake and exhaust are a good idea and the bigger exhaust will most likely pro-long the life of the engine. the tuner isn't a bad idea if it stays on a low setting that will give you a slightly firmer shift and a little extra power. it's the track day style driving that will kill it.
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Thanks! and that is exactly what i thought, he stated those things would be putting too much work on the engine, and there's a risk that doing that intake could ruin my piston rings, i was really confused on how that could happen, but apparently he has seen that happen with diesel mods
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Thanks! and that is exactly what i thought, he stated those things would be putting too much work on the engine, and there's a risk that doing that intake could ruin my piston rings, i was really confused on how that could happen, but apparently he has seen that happen with diesel mods
Yeah maybe idiots using their programmer on extreme all the time lol

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4in. turbo back straight pipe 5in. tip
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Foil delete
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Haha seems logical, I say I'm a calm easy driver but that's probably because im all stock!

I have another ? then, is there any other mods on top of the intake and exhaust that are good start mods that benefit truck like towing, or mpg?

I drive it 6 days a week on a set schedule and haul a cattle trailer 3 days out of the week
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You can get a 6 position chip with different HP settings for in town, towing, economy etc.. I don't use mine it came with the truck. I only use high idle lol. Until I get it re burned though...

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The trans is what I would be worried about.

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All the things listed will help your truck, not hurt it. Even the chip will help on tow/economy tunes. Hauling cattle 3 times a week, you really need to get a trans cooler out of a 6.0L, and seriously look at getting a BTS or John Wood valve body at the very least.

Do yourself a huge favor and get hooked up with Matt Robinson. Owner of Gearhead Performance. He lives in Bryan TX too. Since he's so close, I would pass on the DP tuner. Not that DP is bad, but more so Gearhead tunes are also just as good, and he's your neighbor. :thumbup:

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