I just bought my Ex a couple weeks ago. Its primary use will be a trip rig (needed something I can stretch out in the back of). She's stock other than a ratty P.O. fabbed CAI, and a droning exhaust. I'll be looking for a chip, gauges, quiet exhaust, and to just bring it back up to snuff. Just wanted to say howdy and thanks ahead of time for the answers I hope to find here. I'm not a newbie to diesels but this is only my second computerized one.
If some of you are so inclined how about some opinions on
Quiet exhaust other than OEM
best 6 pos. chip....why
wicked wheel result on a mostly stock cruiser
does the chip firm up the shifts, can they control lock-up in 3 and 4, shift points
how well does the stock exhaust valve function as an exhaust brake?
Yeah I know its a bit much for an intro post
In answer to the red quotes, I have DP Tuners in both my trucks, (Ex has an Edge Evolution, which will someday get replaced with a DP) which have Deceleration tunes which use the EBPV as an exhaust brake. I've had the one in the yellow truck the longest, and with it being an auto trans truck, the braking effect is less than the red truck, which is a stick. The only down side so far seems that the up pipe gaskets are going out on the yellow truck, but that's after 4 years of use, and they tend to go out anyway on these trucks.
The other tunes are: position 1- stock, 2- 1200 RPM hi idle, 3- 40 HP (yellow) or 60 HP (red) towing, 4- Decel, 5- 80 HP economy, and on the red truck, position 6is a 120 HP race tune. The advantage of the DP Tuner over others is that you can get up to 16 tunes, you're not limited to just 6.
Not sure what you mean by the intake you discribe, but you can't go wrong with the 6637 airfilter/DIY intake setup discribed in places here on this site. And check out the general 7.3 fourum, most of the tech there is relivent to the Excursion as well, they are the same as the superduty trucks from the front doors forward, the only diffrences arise in the body/lenth issues, and the rear springs/shocks.
I too got started on non-computer controled diesels, the one in my sig is still kickin', the ol' chevy 6.2L mud truck... but before that was the '74 Massy Furgusson 135 farm tractor, with a 3 cyl Perkins!