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I have a few questions on the 7.3 I am new to a diesel truck and really don't know where to start.

I have a 99 F350 (non dully) 4x4 crew cab long bed auto.

I have done some of the maintenance things to keep the truck running longer, but my biggest question would be

What can i do to get more low end power. More acceleration and more power to drive the truck on the beach.

It did decent on the beach the last time i took it out there, but it seemed like it struggled when it became softer sand (i know that all diesels will because its a lot heavier)

Things i have done.

I did the intake mod (built my own intake/filter) and bypassed the blow thing that goes into your intake (Crank Case Vent Mod)

new filters (oil and fuel)
straight pipes (4in) dumps in front of my rear tire

Planed upgrades so far are;

Gages for everything (egt, volts, trans temp, boost)
6.0 Trans cooler
valve cover gaskets
glow plugs

Please let me know what you would do on a semi limited budget, that might increase power/torque but i also want to make sure my truck will last a very long time.

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6.0 Trans Cooler
06 Mirrors (wired all but heat) 06 step bars
36" Tires/factory 06 18" rims
PHP Chip/Glow Shift Gauges
Crank Case Vent Mod
600k miles and still running strong.

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I have a few questions on the 7.3 I am new to a diesel truck and really don't know where to start.

I have a 99 F350 (non dully) 4x4 crew cab long bed auto.

I have done some of the maintenance things to keep the truck running longer, but my biggest question would be

What can i do to get more low end power. More acceleration and more power to drive the truck on the beach.

It did decent on the beach the last time i took it out there, but it seemed like it struggled when it became softer sand (i know that all diesels will because its a lot heavier)

Things i have done.

I did the intake mod (built my own intake/filter)
Crank Case Vent Mod

new filters (oil and fuel)
straight pipes (4in) dumps in front of my rear tire

Planed upgrades so far are;

Gages for everything (egt, volts, trans temp, boost)
6.0 Trans cooler
valve cover gaskets
glow plugs

Please let me know what you would do on a semi limited budget, that might increase power/torque but i also want to make sure my truck will last a very long time.
I bolded the Mod that i wasn't sure of what it was called. Again I apologize for my ignorance.
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This would not be my vehicle of choice for the beach, but...
Gauges/ EGT, trans temp, boost
6.0 cooler
Chip
?Lockers
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I don't know how many gauges you're getting but if it's just the four you listed I would drop the volt gauge and get fuel pressure hands down. Since you've already done intake and exhaust I'd get a chip next. No experience driving on sand but if it's anything like mud than I'd drop your tire pressures to widen your footprint

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It wasn't my first choice for the beach either but for the overall power and towing capabilities and the price i couldn't walk away honestly.

And thanks and I have manual lockers with 4x4 on the floor.

The reason I was going to go voltage was because the glow plugs honestly that way I knew 100% when they were ready. Any reason behind going with fuel pressure? I'm asking because I honestly don't know.

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600k miles and still running strong.
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If you want to know what your glow plugs are doing, you need to do the glow plug led mod. Then go with the fuel pressure gauge because running low pressure can seriously damage your injectors. And your looking at $1400 minimum for injectors.

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I have no experance on sand but id say a wider tire to help float over it instead of a skinny tire that sinks and cuts into it

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good tires ....

when its really cold just leave the ignition on for atleast a minute then start it.
still running the stock glow plug relay? its a POS, upgrade to a stancor or western plow relay.

there is plenty of info on here about chips, compressor wheels, cheap mods.

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It wasn't my first choice for the beach either but for the overall power and towing capabilities and the price i couldn't walk away honestly.

And thanks and I have manual lockers with 4x4 on the floor.

The reason I was going to go voltage was because the glow plugs honestly that way I knew 100% when they were ready. Any reason behind going with fuel pressure? I'm asking because I honestly don't know.
Not talking about those Lockers...talking about diff lockers(tru track, eaton, ect).

More low end power? Get a custom tuned chip. Php hydra chip g available from many retailers out there. Alligator diesel, power struck.com, php, diesel site ect) or get a ts style chip with GOOD tunes on it. Gear head, php, Tony Wildman, power struck are all good ones.

Look into a billet compressor wheel. Either from riff raff or diesel site.

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Thank you all so much please keep the advice coming. And thank you for elaborating on the lockers lol. Also anyone have a guess on a good tire? Besides wide

e99 7.3 Crew Cab 4x4
6.0 Trans Cooler
06 Mirrors (wired all but heat) 06 step bars
36" Tires/factory 06 18" rims
PHP Chip/Glow Shift Gauges
Crank Case Vent Mod
600k miles and still running strong.
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