Join Date: Aug 2012
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1st Post, 1st Diesel, 1st Question
Hey guys, been doing a lot of reading, great site.
Upgraded the wifes Chevy Z71 for a 2006 F250 King Ranch CCSB, 60,000 miles on the odometer.
Love the truck, so much more room, power, and style.
Checked the Oasis report and the Carfax and all came up clean, with one red flag but we bought it anyway. The good: truck was bought and serviced routinely at the same dealership for the first 5 years, then traded back to the dealership. No issues shown up on the reports during this time, and overall a really clean truck with just a few minor dings. The red flag: truck was sold and then re-possessed 10 months later.
Nothing to bad yet, right? Well, its got a Banks Six Gun under the hood. Through reading the hundreds of posts on here and some of the other forums, the Banks system gets less than stellar reviews, but then there are a few that say it works great for them. This isn't the Six Gun with the six position knob for changing the tune, but it had what I assume was the Banks IQ touchpad, only i don't have the touchpad with the truck. All the wiring is there, plugs into the OBD-II port, etc, just missing the touchpad.
I know its running a tune, compared to my brother in laws F-350, a lot more responsive on the low end. This also has a Banks 4" monster exhaust system. From what I can see, most everything else is stock. Stock head bolts, air cleaner, turbo pipes, EGR, etc. Everything I've looked at (that I know to look at, again, first diesel) appears to be stock Ford parts.
With that novel written, what would you all recommend? Next week its going to get new filters/fluids-oil, transmission, differentials, coolant, etc. Have read all the bulletproofing threads and digesting all that as well.
About the Banks, would you spend the money for the Banks IQ touchscreen, or remove it all and do the SCT with custom tunes? I know when starting from scratch you all say SCT is the way to go, and am guessing you're going to say go SCT anyways. Currently truck is getting showing 22mpg when running 73mph on mostly level cruise control interstate driving. Hand calculated mixed driving was matching the computer, in the 19.5 mpg range.
Driving is mostly my wife's go to town rig (20 miles to closest grocery store), but we'll also pull a small stock trailer or a skid steer or small tractor once in a while.
I'm sure I've forget something I wanted to ask, but will get it next go round.
Thanks for your thoughts-