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New 7.3 Tow Rig

New to the Ford Diesel, Not new to Diesel engines. First Diesel was a 2000 VW Jetta TDI. Just bought a 7.3 truck, been wanting one for about 10 years now, finally got to a position I could pull the trigger. I mainly got it to tow my rock crawler and bass boat.

Its got 226K miles on her, and just had my mechanic go through everything. Winded up needing a Hydroboost, power steering pump and lines, and a trannismission position sensor. Replaced all the vacuum connectors. Other then that, the truck is great. No leaks on motor, tranny, transfer case, axles, radiator ect.

Previous owner spent over $6K last year replacing injectors, front calipers and rotors, radiator, hoses, AC compressor & Dryer, new dual red top optima batteries, serviced the tranny, and always ran shell rotella synthetic and changed every 4-5K miles. Also only used Chevron Diesel. No additives to the fuel ever, no lift, no chip tunners, all stock.

I'm eventually going to change all fluids to start my maintenance log from scracth. Going to pull the Air Raid cold air intake out and go to the factor ford air box. Eventually get the seats re-done or swap out with King Ranch leather. Alarm, radio, backup camera, and a CB radio and back to factory wheels and tires.

Im a happy Ford 7.3 owner thats for sure.
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Truck: 2001 F350 | 7.3L PSD | 4R100 | Crew Cab | Short Bed | 4x4 - 234,000 miles
Mods: PHP HYDRA | Isspro EV2 Quad Pilar Gauges | Swamps High Voltage High Frequency IDM | Air Raid Intake System | 4" Straight Pipe Exhaust | BFGoodrich KO2 33" Tires on Stock Polished Wheels
Usage: Tow Pig
Tow Toy: 98 Fully Built Toyota Rock Crawler & 1996 Skeeter Bass Boat

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I would not go back to the factory ford air box. Just replace the filter element.

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I want to switch it over to the AIS Severe Duty Intake System. There are far too many benefits then to take a chance on these cold air intake systems. Especially the K&N, which I hear let too much dirt bypass the filters and screw up the wheel on the turbo and engine.

Truck: 2001 F350 | 7.3L PSD | 4R100 | Crew Cab | Short Bed | 4x4 - 234,000 miles
Mods: PHP HYDRA | Isspro EV2 Quad Pilar Gauges | Swamps High Voltage High Frequency IDM | Air Raid Intake System | 4" Straight Pipe Exhaust | BFGoodrich KO2 33" Tires on Stock Polished Wheels
Usage: Tow Pig
Tow Toy: 98 Fully Built Toyota Rock Crawler & 1996 Skeeter Bass Boat
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The OEM AIS is pretty decent.
S&B, Airaid, and AFE are far superior to K&N.

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Yea, I couldn't find any issues with the Air Raid setup. And its been on the truck for about 5 years, and the inside if the intake and turbo wheel looked really clean. So it must be descent.

Truck: 2001 F350 | 7.3L PSD | 4R100 | Crew Cab | Short Bed | 4x4 - 234,000 miles
Mods: PHP HYDRA | Isspro EV2 Quad Pilar Gauges | Swamps High Voltage High Frequency IDM | Air Raid Intake System | 4" Straight Pipe Exhaust | BFGoodrich KO2 33" Tires on Stock Polished Wheels
Usage: Tow Pig
Tow Toy: 98 Fully Built Toyota Rock Crawler & 1996 Skeeter Bass Boat

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AIS is ok if youre replacing the factory filter.

Keep the airraid. It filters and flows better than the AIS

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I don't know why you want too pull the Airiad system, I had one on my truck for almost 13yrs and the turbo blades looked perfect. I even had Airaid replace the filter for free as part of their million mile warranty.

Also sounds and looks like a nice truck, take care of her and she will take care of you

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Pulled the pigtail off the ICP and noticed oil coming out of the sensor and harness, so I decided to replace the original sensor and pigtail. Was fairly easy to do.
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Truck: 2001 F350 | 7.3L PSD | 4R100 | Crew Cab | Short Bed | 4x4 - 234,000 miles
Mods: PHP HYDRA | Isspro EV2 Quad Pilar Gauges | Swamps High Voltage High Frequency IDM | Air Raid Intake System | 4" Straight Pipe Exhaust | BFGoodrich KO2 33" Tires on Stock Polished Wheels
Usage: Tow Pig
Tow Toy: 98 Fully Built Toyota Rock Crawler & 1996 Skeeter Bass Boat
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