hi guys, i've posted a couple of topics before when i was buying my truck..
again i appologize if this is in the wrong section...i'm not allowed to post in the 7.3L general discussion for some reason...so maybe if a mod sees this they can help me out here?
ok, anyway, i'm assuming UBB code works on this forum so hopefully my pictures show up...first i'll introduce myself and show my truck. my name's bill, i'm from rockland county, ny. i have a green `02 F350 automatic crew cab short box 7.3L with 145,000 miles on it...the tranny was rebuilt at 90,000 miles. it's my new daily driver/tow rig since i've taken my jeep off the road to overhaul it. it has a 4" exhaust from the manifold back...no cat (which i guess is normal for 7.3's?) it has an AFE magnum flow air intake and has a gauge cluster with tranny temp, exhaust temp, and boost. it has 33" open country A/T's on 16" rims. here's some pics...
and for those interrested, here's a couple pics of the jeep it will be pulling, and some of the stuff i'm doing to the jeep...
ok, that's enough...ok, i have some questions for you diesel gurus...i'm mechanically inclined and i'm a truck driver so i know a bit about diesels...but never worked on them myself... i've read that you guys are generally getting 15-20 mpgs with these trucks...i'm getting more likeley closer to 10 mpgs...now i only do city driving...generally 30-40 mph. what can i do to get to 15 mpg's or better? i've read that custom chips that can be gotten from a couple guys on this forum are the way to go...what kind of added power and fuel economy gains can i expect from one of these chips? and what kind of prices do these custom burned chips go for? also i see alot of guys use Quadzilla controllers...is this what i should get too?
on tuesday i will know for sure how many mpgs i'm getting when i fill it up and see the fuel consumption...i don't trust the gauge...i'm assuming my fuel tank is 40 gallons...is this correct? i hope i'm wrong and it's only 30 gallons as that would make a big difference in my estimated mpg.
also...what was the stock tire size on these trucks? i hope the 33" is bigger then stock by a few inches which would mean my trip meter would be showing less miles then i've actually gone.
my air filter is absolutely filthy...and i'm cleaning this afe with k&n cleaner...i hope that's ok...will cleaning this filter or replacing it significantly increase my fuel economy? i assume it will as this thing is real dirty.
also you'll notice that this fin is just missing...they don't come like this do they? should i just replace this filter? and how much do they cost? i'm used to paper filters because i use a snorkel on the jeep not a cold or ram air.
now this intake manifold (i assume it is) is wrapped in a tape of some sort...i've seen this before...but why is it here? is it for heat dissipation or is there a crack under it? and is this the stock manifold?
the turbo says garret on the side of it...is this the stock turbo?
ok guys, that's everything i can think of...any other information you can throw at me is always appreciated...i haven't checked the fuel filter yet...that may get a replacing also. thanks in advance for everything.