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If it's a brand new complete FICM then it will need to be programed, if it's a "half shell" which is just the power supply side then it doesn't need to be programed
To have it programed at the dealer you will have to take the truck in... when the dealer programs the FICM they will also reprogram the ECM to the newest version (not always the best option).
You have a few other options besides taking it to a dealer.
1 - ship the new FICM to PHP, IDP, Swamps or ficmrepair.com to have it programed (there may also be a few more I didn't mention)
2 - if the logic board is still good in the old FICM you could swap it into the new FICM
3 - contact PHP and get on the waiting list for one of their remote programmers (but that may take a few weeks)
The benefit of doing option 1 or 3 is you can have a performance program loaded onto the FICM
2006 F-450 XLT 4x4 Auto 4.30L Alcoa 19.5" 16,000 GVWR
Kelderman 4-Link/4-Bag Rear Suspension, Lariat Seats, '08 Console, '11 Mirrors, CTS, SCT X3
ARP's w/OEM HG, BPD 6ph FICM @ 58v, BPD Oil Cooler w/stat, Ported Intake, 185 amp Alt
P-Max w/WPE billet wheel, Spearco IC, 4" Banks Exhaust, Shell T6, Zerex EC-1, Oil bypass filter
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Last edited by Arctic Fox; 07-08-2012 at 06:56 AM.