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post #1 of 5 Old 05-25-2009, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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First mods on new to me 7.3L

I just bought a 2001 7.3L CCSB F350 with 65,000 miles on the clock. After some research, I thought that I would do some mods/replacements once I baseline the usual PM items.

1. 6.0L HD transmission cooler and in-line filter

2. Ford Severe Duty AIS and filter

3. EGT and Transmission temp gauges and CPS

4. Possible Dynatrac front hub and bearing replacement kit

I don't want to go racing - done that. Want a super-reliable, cool running tow vehicle for my Airstream.

Any comments, omissions?

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You'll want to do something with the stock exhaust. If you like it as quiet as stock then a Walker BTM muffler should replace your OEM muffler. If you like it a bit louder then you can either replace the stock muffler with a straight pipe or replace the whole exhaust with one of the very common 4" kits. The OEM muffler has got to go, it has severe internal restrictions. I really like my free flow 4" system and it was only about 300$.

I tow a Nash trailer and a trans cooler upgrade is a must so I'm glad to see you have it.

Don't worry about the fancy hub upgrade. That's a lot of money for a small improvement in reliability.

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Thanks for the comments. Seems like I hit most of the bases. I think some mods on intake and exhaust will benefit performance and mileage. I'll look at replacing the muffler with a Walker BTM

Is a larger intake behind the AIS a good idea? How about the cut-out and fender foam idea -- does it provide good sealing and improve flow significantly? Is it a compromise on filtration?

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Yeah, if your going to stay with stock tires then I wouldn't worry about the dynatrac. You can do the DIY mod for the intake and save some cash over the ford system

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Yeah, if your going to stay with stock tires then I wouldn't worry about the dynatrac. You can do the DIY mod for the intake and save some cash over the ford system
Amen. The 6637/Tymar/BHAF filter is a good solid fiscally efficient upgrade alternative to the rather expensive AIS. Other than that, it seems you are on the right track mod wise... HOWEVER. Seriously consider a Transgo HD2 or even Tugger kit, or a BTS or John Wood Valve body to compliment your tranny cooler upgrade at the very least, if you want a good solid tow beast. Youll thank us later.
1. Gauges
2. Exhaust
3. Intake
4. Transmission cooler/ Transmission VB or SK at least.
5. Good chip with a tow tune if desired

"Blizzard" The big white bio-burning 03 7.3. 6637, straight piped stock exhaust, and a "New" secret blend of Haul asBLEEPsing mods and upgrades. Suffice to say, its not the fastest, but it quite possibly is one of the quickest.
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