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1st diesel purchase, need advice!

I am considering a ex for my wife to hall my kids around , 4x4 7.3.
What should I look out for before I buy.I really don't know the do's and dont's when buying this type of machinery. Could someone post some things to look out for when buying. Thanks much appreciated Curt
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First. Maintenance records, Check for mods. The trans could be going if it's stock and has a chip/ tuner. Filter types.. Fram anything is garbage. Motorcraft and Amsoil fiters are the best by far IMHO.

With the price of fuel nowadays the 7.3 aint the best.

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Zoodad Mod,
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ITP Overboost Annihilator
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NADP Heavy Hauler Transmission
6 liter Trans Cooler
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Thanks for the info

Hi, I thought that the millage on the ex could be improved to the mid 20 mpg.
Is this pie in the sky thinking or is there a chip set and other mods that will accomplish this? Curt
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Hi, I thought that the millage on the ex could be improved to the mid 20 mpg.
Is this pie in the sky thinking or is there a chip set and other mods that will accomplish this? Curt
Sure can I'm getting 22mpg MT and easy on the pedal. Diesel is nearly 6 bucks gallon here now. Gas is 4

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PHP Tunes , Autometer Gauges
Zoodad Mod,
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ITP Overboost Annihilator
Roada Deco Positive Air Shutoff
NADP Heavy Hauler Transmission
6 liter Trans Cooler
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Great, I'll be looking for a good a mod shop in GA.
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Wow...diesel is still in the mid 3 dollar range in my area (3.75 to be exact). And I'm getting 24 mpg in my 7.3 on the highway....gotta love diesel.


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That's pretty good mpg, what did you do to obtain that. Curt
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Intake, exhaust, chip. Are you from Georgia?? Appears so...Jody Tipton at DP tuner custom tunes 7.3s. Will literally get in your vehicle and custom tune your truck. His setup is in georgia do I would suggest you check it out. I have one of his chips and that's how I'm getting my MPG, and it would be even better custom tuned...just something to look into. Dp-tuner.com


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You'll never get mid 20's just from mods alone. You're foot has a lot to do with it as well, if you're wife goes from skinny pedal to fat pedal like mine does she more than likely wont get 20 in an Ex, especially 4x4.

That being said our Ex is used as our road trip vehicle, it has Bill's tunes at PHP (from GA close to Atlanta) along with a few other things, larger tires, and I still get 18-19 on the interstate trips. Good luck and I'm sure you'll love your Ex but just be sure to understand that mid 20's is hard to achieve and takes hard work at driving efficient, it wont just appear with intake, exhaust, and tunes.
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My EX easily gets 24. Granted I'm from flat Illinois, but still isn't a problem to hit mid 20s on highway for me personally. Of course I can't have head on winds of 10+ MPH but that's not all that common around here anyway. PHP is a good option as well like stated. Good tires, proper alignment, clean filters, mods, etc. everything contributes to mileage.


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