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Old 05-06-2010, 10:17 AM
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Hi guys, i just picked up an excursion from my sister in law. 2000 7.3L 4x4 limited w/ 134K for $6500...and yes, she still talks to me Anyway, it is completly stock. I only have the money right now to do the DIY intake and straight 4 in pipe. I will have to save up for the chip. What kind of gas mileage and added horsepower can I expect from these mods? Also, she said when it's cold (I live in AZ so we're talking 50 degrees at the coldest) she sometimes has to use starter fluid in the air filter to get it started if she doesn't get the RMP's up to 1500 - 2000 for 30 seconds upon starting it the 1st time. If she does this it warms up and is fine the rest of the day. She hasn't had the cps recall done, could this be the problem?
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:20 AM
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u need to put new glowplugs in it, a glowplug relay, and new valve cover gaskets cuz the wiring harness for the glowplugs runs thru the wiring harness, thats y it wont start when cold, or JUST wait for 2 minutes after you turn the key forward, if u dont give em time to warm up it wont start...i'd avoid using starting fluid. and welcome to the Org! congratulations
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:21 AM
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yea i would hav the dealer fix the cps, and also in my 7.3 course i got a truck, i get 13-14 in town runnin it a lil fast, and prolly 17-21 on the hwy
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Old 05-07-2010, 06:26 AM
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wow you STOLE it !!!! sounds like glow plugs or maybe dead cell in a battery....wont see much from diy or exhaust...get you a DP tuner or Tony Wildman and it will feel 200% of what it is now....Enjoy and welcome !!
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Welcome to the org. Make sure you wait for the glow plug light to go off before starting. If that doesnt help check what they said.
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:51 AM
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Are glow plugs easy to install? Is there a write up somewhere on how to do it? Also, would it be alright to put the tuner in without spending the money on the intake and exhaust?
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:13 AM
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I don't know about the glow plugs. I wouldnt recomment the chip without an intake or exhaust. You need to get gauges before the chip. I would recommend autometer or isspro. You need a pyro, egt, and boost gauges. This way you can watch every thing with the extra power you get from the chip. The chip will want more air and the exhaust will lead to a cooler engine and lower egts. Just my $.02
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Old 05-08-2010, 01:17 PM
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You need the gauges to see whats goin on with it.....lotsa folks dont care for them but glowshift makes a decent set relatively cheap....Dp has a nicer set of autometer or something of the sort for 300 including the pillar. As for the exhaust just cut the muffler out and straight pipe it....factory pipe is like 3 1/2 inch. If you DP , Jody will even reccomend you do guages and some sort of exhaust prior to tunes. As for the intake look up the DIY tymar...it works great....order your filters from fleetfilter.com way cheap !!
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Old 05-09-2010, 12:51 PM
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I don't know about the glow plugs. I wouldnt recomment the chip without an intake or exhaust. You need to get gauges before the chip. I would recommend autometer or isspro. You need a pyro, egt, and boost gauges. This way you can watch every thing with the extra power you get from the chip. The chip will want more air and the exhaust will lead to a cooler engine and lower egts. Just my $.02
Not to be smart, but dont a pyrometer measure egts????? so he would only need 2 gauges: pyro and boost
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Not to be smart, but dont a pyrometer measure egts????? so he would only need 2 gauges: pyro and boost
yeah it does. I mean tranny temp, pyro, and boost
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