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Old 07-01-2012, 11:33 AM Rookie

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Well I finally jumped ship to a Ford from them lil bowties and it started off a little rocky. I bought a 2008 F250 6.4 with 96,000 miles. At 98,000 miles I noticed a large amount of power loss. I take the truck to the Ford garage and find out I have 0 compression in #1 and #8 cylinders. So after 8 weeks of them having my truck I now have a new short block, injectors, pistons, and other various engine parts. Jump ahead now to 108,000 miles I find out that my radiator is cracked where the plastic and metal meet. $1,800 later I have a new intercooler and radiator. Now that most of the truck is brand new and our relationship is mended I am glad I got the truck and wouldn't trade it for anything.

My question now is I want to get a programmer and DPF delete. After reading many posts and comments I have decided to go with the Spartan. I have been looking at the kits and am not sure what is the best buy for me. Should I go with the cat back exhaust and programmer or just the dpf exhaust and programmer. Now that I have a diesel I want to blow some black smoke. I pull a 31ft camper on occasion, and a 21ft bass boat.

Any comments or suggestions would be helpful. I'm new to the diesel world.
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:50 AM
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Welcome aboard. I too am fairly new and went the Spartan Route. I am by no means endorsing them, but call Ben @ Rudy's Diesel Performance and he can get you all set up with the whole kit. I personally went with the Spartan Tuner, DPF/CAT delete, S&B Intake, and Dash Mount Kit. Intake took about 15 min to install, tuner took about 10 min, and the exhaust with the help of my buddy took about 1 1/2 hours. (Now that I know what I am doing though, I bet it would only take about 30 min.) I did it all laying under the truck in the driveway too. Let me just say that you wont be sorry. You think your truck can run now, wait till that Spartan is on it! Mine runs like a bat-out-of-hell! I run the 275 tune, and if you floor it you can roll smoke until the turbo cleans it up. Or you can ease into the pedal and get little too no smoke. (By ease I just mean dont floor it, you dont have to baby it or anything.)

Make sure you read the owners manual too. Certain things like draining the water separator monthly and changing you fuel filters every 10k and oil filters every 5k will keep that truck on the road.
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