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Old 02-12-2014, 03:51 PM
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Hey Fellas, newbie to the forum. Picked up a 2000, 350, 6-speed stick, CCLB, 196k, 6637 mod, stancor, leveled, 305/70/16 toyoMTs, stock exhaust. No gauges yet. 3.73. Previous owner hauled log furniture on a goose neck.

My point of this is I just purchased a 26ft toyhauler 6,700lbs empty. I pulled it from Pueblo, CO to Fort Collins, CO. It pulled great through 3rd, then it was gutless through 4th and 5th gears. I could barely make it to 55mph on straight aways and touched 60s going downhill.

Had a lumen cause issues when I first got the truck and my specialist check my injector and compression of one cylinder. Compression was 380 on a cold day (20 F) at about 5k elevation. He only checked the one cylinder.

Will a tuner really uncork my truck, or am I in need of more mods to open her up...I was disappointed to say the least, when I was nearly floored and barely touching 55 on I-25.

I'm from Montana and heading back in March w/the trailer. Just want to figure out what to do before I trek across Wyoming pulling my toys.

Thanks in advance for the help!
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:55 PM
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Please post pics of truck with those tires
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Sounds like you have other issues... likely some major boost leaking or up pipe leak.

You should be able to pull a 6700lb trailer and not have any issue.
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:58 PM
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tuner helps, but excessive egts from just a tuner will damage your engine.
a free flowing intake and exhaust is a must.
egt gauge at least and boost if you want, boost gauge can help with troubleshooting boost leaks.
a billet hweel will fix turbo surge and lower egts/ produce more boost/power.

a good 6 pos chip from php, gearhead, no limit, or tony wlildman will be your best bet for tuning.

edge, superchips, bullydog, banks etc are garbage compared to the names listed above.

and ya you have issues if you cant get ot 55 mpg haha

check for blow by by flipping oil filler cap upside down and if it vibrates off your fine if it blows off you have issues.
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tuner helps, but excessive egts from just a tuner will damage your engine.
a free flowing intake and exhaust is a must.
egt gauge at least and boost if you want, boost gauge can help with troubleshooting boost leaks.
a billet hweel will fix turbo surge and lower egts/ produce more boost/power.

a good 6 pos chip from php, gearhead, no limit, or tony wlildman will be your best bet for tuning.

edge, superchips, bullydog, banks etc are garbage compared to the names listed above.

and ya you have issues if you cant get ot 55 mpg haha

check for blow by by flipping oil filler cap upside down and if it vibrates off your fine if it blows off you have issues.
What kinda tunes you running!?!?! j/k lol. But to the op yea you got some other problems if your having trouble with that.
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:58 PM
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FWIW I have pulled at 8-10k trailer up into Colorado from Texas for years with -0- issues. Truck has been totally stock. The only place it had a hard time was up Raton pass, then it would only do like 45mph. Other than that it would go as fast as you wanted.
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Mine had issues with my 6500-7000 pound camper up the large mountain passes around here when stock, would drop to second at 45 mph and 3100 rpm. After chip it holds 3rd at 65 pretty easily up the same pass now. Stock it would still get up to speed and hold od on the flats.
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I had a 2001 f350 with a 6 speed, and I found that towing my 4500# travel trailer without a tuner, it was gutless. Couldn't really hold it in 5th gear going up hills. I added a superchips tuner, and it really helped. I would just leave it in light tow mode, and I could easily go up hills in 5th after that. Even starting out helped too. Before, I would need to start in low on slight inclines, then with the tuner, I could start out in 1st with no problems.
My truck had 4inch exhaust from the turbo.
I live in Alberta, Canada. Foothills of the Rocky Mountains so I am familiar with towing on hills and through the mountains! Lol
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:36 PM
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Thanks for the input guys. I'm busier than a cat tryin to bury a turd on a marble floor. I'll drop it by my specialist tomorrow, run some of the ideas by him that you fellas gave me and see what he can figure out.

Thanks a ton for the input. I've read through the tuner forums and will definitely be picking one up soon. I also uploaded a couple pics for show and tell.

I'll update the thread when I hear back.


BTW this forum kicks ***.
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Let us know what you find out. Your truck should do better than that, even at 5,000' elevation

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