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Yesterday bought a 08 F-250 6.4 ...it has 213K miles on it but its like new.It was Fleet owned and dealer serviced. We are going to use it to pull our 9,700 lb Travel Trailer. Do these trucks require any fuel additive? MPG Mods? Thank You
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Yesterday bought a 08 F-250 6.4 ...it has 213K miles on it but its like new.It was Fleet owned and dealer serviced. We are going to use it to pull our 9,700 lb Travel Trailer. Do these trucks require any fuel additive? MPG Mods? Thank You
Congratulations! You'll love the truck. You'll probably get lots of suggestions with a question like that, but the most important thing you will need to do is get a tuner and delete the DPF, EGR, and catalytic converter. That will give you the most initial performance and power upgrade to start with, then you can add other mods later on. I'm in the process of doing that now to my truck.

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Yesterday bought a 08 F-250 6.4 ...it has 213K miles on it but its like new.It was Fleet owned and dealer serviced. We are going to use it to pull our 9,700 lb Travel Trailer. Do these trucks require any fuel additive? MPG Mods? Thank You
Congrats on this truck!!! 213K?? Holy crap - that ol' boy didn't sit much did it? It should be more than enough to pull your trailer!


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Congratulations! You'll love the truck. You'll probably get lots of suggestions with a question like that, but the most important thing you will need to do is get a tuner and delete the DPF, EGR, and catalytic converter. That will give you the most initial performance and power upgrade to start with, then you can add other mods later on. I'm in the process of doing that now to my truck.
Unfortunately, in CA, diesel trucks get 'SMOG'd' every two years. Deleting here would be difficult unless the exhaust components were set up in such a way to make removal/installation easy. Hopefully, the smog tech wouldn't be a butt-head during inspection.


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Yes, CA is tough on smog tests. I had a honda del sol with the SS headers, glass pack and test pipes. All of it was quick disconnect for smog except headers...passed twice with it ...then they told me no more. CHP out here carry exhaust testers with them and use them if they pull you over for excessive noise.
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Thank You for the info, Please keep me informed of your research. Moving up from Honda Del Sol to this is a BIG jump. Drove it home last night from dealer 125 miles, lots of power climbing up the pass from San Bernardino to high desert. just kept a eye on tach and boost gages.
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Congrats on this truck!!! 213K?? Holy crap - that ol' boy didn't sit much did it? It should be more than enough to pull your trailer!




Unfortunately, in CA, diesel trucks get 'SMOG'd' every two years. Deleting here would be difficult unless the exhaust components were set up in such a way to make removal/installation easy. Hopefully, the smog tech wouldn't be a butt-head during inspection.
Ah, well there is always that. You can still tune, just leave the emissions equipment in place and tune it for "DPF present". I was reading somewhere that even that will improve performance. Best of luck, man. I hope you get another 200K out of it. Unfortunately mine is sick right now...some kind of electrical problem with the sensors. It's at the dealer getting fixed as I write this. Other than that, it's been great.

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Yeah, DPF on tunes are available from H&S, Spartan, Banks, etc.. Of these, the Banks is the most DPF friendly and is also CARB approved in Cali, so no need to remove when testing. You'll get about 100-150 additional horses depending on the tuner you go with.

Regardless of which route you go, you will probably only see about 1-3mpg max out of a DPF On tuner.

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I think a dpf only delete is pretty easy to take on and off IMO. I would do that every 730 days if I had to.
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I think a dpf only delete is pretty easy to take on and off IMO. I would do that every 730 days if I had to.
Couldn't agree more, if you just swap the CAT and DPF pipes and leave the rest of the exhaust any law enforcement will be none the wiser. Pretty simple swap even for an annual inspection, but with a 2 year schedule I'd say it's a no brainer!

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