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Old 04-24-2011, 12:18 PM
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Best Place to get SCT from?????

I am now convinced I should have bought an SCT so who is the best tuner? I dont want a drag truck, but I would really like to see some economy and will need a good tow tune with the mods that are on my truck. Innovative, MKM ?? WHO do I trust?
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Its like asking what truck manufacturer is best, ford or chevy. Everyone is gonna have their .02 as to who's "the best". Your probably safe with any of the sponsors otherwise you'd hear the rage of all the people who've used them, and are not happy. I personally run Innovative and Dj's(quick tricks) tunes and i am extremely impressed. Both have been top notch in support when needed, and the truck runs perfectly.
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Are you looking for data monitering as well? Head Studs?
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i don't have custom tunes yet im just running the canned tunes and very pleased with them but from what i have been finding out reading through all the post about the tuners is like stated above there is no best tuner all of the tuners have their pros and cons. just kidda comes down to who your most comfortable with talking to and for what price.
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Are you looking for data monitering as well? Head Studs?
No... I will have an Insight for monitoring.. I hope to never had to stud it.. I have too many kids to have the cash for that.. Just looking for some good tunes..
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You have the coolant flush (ELC, I'm guessing), and the Edge Insight and seem to have a handle on things there.

For tunes, I just got tunes from Innovative Diesel and I'm very pleased with the proformance (installed this weekend infact). I'm running thier Street tune for an initial snapshot of mileage, and just within 80 miles of driving I can already tell there's a mileage improvement. I recommend getting a good Street tune, from any of the three major tuners mentioned on this site, let the tuner know you are not Studded. That makes a bit of a difference.

If you drive it like you stole it, its easy to blow gaskets with the tuner and no studs. If you drive it easy, all the time with a street tune, you should be ok and see about what you're looking for. I'm guessing I'll see about a 1.5 mpg increase this tank, but I'll update when I've got the solid numbers.
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Innovative Diesel or Gearhead Auto.
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The factory head bolts were inadequate with the engine running in stock form. Just a warning with custom tunes even canned tunes you can create cylinder head problems, IMHO. Seems like everyone on the forums recommends head studs? Maybe im off base here....
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The factory head bolts were inadequate with the engine running in stock form. Just a warning with custom tunes even canned tunes you can create cylinder head problems, IMHO. Seems like everyone on the forums recommends head studs? Maybe im off base here....
The stock headbolts are a weak link on a stock motor that's true, but not untill you start pushing a lot of boost or you have an EGR cooler go south on you. I would never run a canned or generic tune on a 6.0L under the stock headbolts. However, if you inform your tuner you aren't studded, they can provide a file that will be relatively safe, and allow you to enjoy a little more power and economy than the programming from Ford.

Studs and 500HP trucks are great, but not in everyone's budget. Care, research, and a light right foot and you'll be alright with regular maintainace. And a few supporting Mods.
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Cool thanks for the info. Just wasnt sure if the tunes SCT provided were safe on stock head bolts. Everyone had good luck with custom tunes? Havent used any just wondering whos the go to place for custom tunes?
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