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Old 12-23-2011, 03:58 PM
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No tuner club

Whos in this club?

My reasons for not tuning, is basically the truck has done everything I wanted it to, from pulling a Sleeper Pete loaded with 40K on the trailer, pulling trucks, tractors and towing hay bails.

Its a 7K lb. truck its not a race car

Weak head bolts and more cylinder pressure doesnt sound like a good plan to me.

Adding more line pressure and locking the converter up earlier to build more boost doesnt sound like a good plan for longevity.

I do have a EGR delete though but I just cant see pulling the trigger on a tuner.

Anybody have any they have?
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Old 12-23-2011, 04:50 PM
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No tuner here and no head gasket or tranny issues. Only 100K miles.
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:09 PM
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I had no tuner and had the oil cooler rupture for no apparent reason. (5* delta) Went ahead and switched to studs and new head gaskets... Truck already had an EGR delete. I tuned it in order to reach more of the truck's potential. More power and better economy. My old 03 F-450 was stock and not tuned. I routinely pulled 40,000 plus with it. Blew head gaskets twice, oil cooler 3 times and I don't remember how many EGR repairs. When it ran good, it ran great. But it didn't run the biggest part of the time. Too much weight you say? The Ford place said otherwise. Told us the truck should've been able to that much and more... Truck was bought to work hard. Had I known what I know now, I would've done the EGR delete, head studs and coolant filter. Then I would've tuned it. I got 8 miles to the gallon loaded and 12 empty. Tuning would have helped that truck all around. More power, better shifting, better economy and better monitoring. Long story short- Stock these trucks are decent, tuned these trucks are amazing...
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:12 PM
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Forgot to mention that the 03 had all of those issues within 57,000 miles. If I had tuned it, maybe it wouldn't have had to work so hard and be run as hard... I dunno. But, anyway, I've never seen a person put a tuner on ANY diesel, ANY brand, and regret it...
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More power, better shifting, better economy and better monitoring. Long story short- Stock these trucks are decent, tuned these trucks are amazing...
DING DING DING, we have a winner!!!

Mine is tuned, stock head bolts, works hard, races, off roads, daily driver, and has over 118k and still running strong.
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Old 12-24-2011, 06:06 AM
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Nope, don't have one. The F350 does what I want now.

Most but not all of the engine trouble stories here have a tuner involved. Yes, you can get more power without breaking things, but it's expensive to do it right, and even more expensive if you do it wrong.

I'm sure that the tuned engines are a lot more lively, but I use mine for farm work, so I need a running truck and no big repair bills a lot more than I need extra HP. The only change I'm even thinking about is the BPD oil cooler, and that's some serious coin.
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Old 12-24-2011, 06:16 AM
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Been tuned for over a year now with a custom race tune and still haven't broke anything. I have taken it to the track and raced about everything pulling up next to me at a stop. No matter what every truck has a chance of popping the studs. I started an arguement in a thread about having arp studs and gaskets are you really bullet proof? Because there is always that chance. My tuned 6.0 is at 67k and our 04 is stock with no mods except for exhaust with 24k miles. It's all about the maintenance. I have kinda wanted the studs to go on mine so I can run bigger tunes for better gas mileage but if I can keep the stock ones healthy, that is one bill I wont have to pay before I sell the truck.
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I toyed with the idea of not running a tuner but after see the gains in fuel mileage and power it was hard not to run one. I had a f250 gasser that got 10 mpg no matter what I was doing, great truck but it got old burning 100 bucks in fuel everytime I drove it. My 06 6.0 gets 17-18 most days with my sct on the "street" tune, I dont beat on it or race it. stock head gaskets and bolts, just turned 100k.. Theres enough info on this site and some great tuners out there that I wouldnt be concerned with tearing stuff up just from running a tuner.
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Nope, don't have one. The F350 does what I want now.

Most but not all of the engine trouble stories here have a tuner involved. Yes, you can get more power without breaking things, but it's expensive to do it right, and even more expensive if you do it wrong.

I'm sure that the tuned engines are a lot more lively, but I use mine for farm work, so I need a running truck and no big repair bills a lot more than I need extra HP. The only change I'm even thinking about is the BPD oil cooler, and that's some serious coin.
This is absolutely hilarious.
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Oh yeah, and mine is a race truck haha. Thats what I call it just to make my dad mad because mines faster :
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