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speedometer calibration, and CA legal programmer/chip?

My 2000 is basically stock except for a home-made intake tube with a big air filter, and 4" exhaust with no catalytic converter and not much of a muffler. It is a CA factory non-catalyst vehicle. I'm putting 315 tires and I'd like to have the speedometer read closer to correct.

I also wouldn't mind having more power as well, but I'm not looking to race this thing or blow smoke everywhere, or tow huge loads.

The CA legal products that I see are the somewhat generic tunes from what I gather, like superchips, diablo, banks, edge, and so on. I realize these aren't going to be as good as an actual custom tune. I'd be fine with that, if they at least noticably wake the truck up a bit.

For someone who wants to comply with the local laws, are these at all noticeably better than stock?



I have a manual 6 speed transmission, if that makes any difference.

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Of the ones mentioned Edge would probably be the best option. Also I would't worry about it being legal in CA because all you have to do is program it back to stock for testing.

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I have an '01 F350 (see sig below) I live in CA. Pretty much the same set up as you - K&N cone intake, 4" turbo-back exhaust (factory non-catalyst) with a "pass-through' muffler.

I have an older Hypertech Power Programmer III (41040). It has three "canned" tunes, ability to adjust for tire size & reads/clears DTCs. (Different year models had different PNs) I actually have a letter from Hypertech saying it's CARB-compliant.

The different tunes to make a difference over stock. Like you, I wasn't looking to turn a 4 1/2 ton truck into a hot rod, these wake it up pretty well. When I went up to 285/75R16s, I was able to adjust the tire size to correct the speedo. I even compared it to GPS to see it was right.


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The ford dealer can reprogram the speedo. Get a hydrachip and pull it out on smog inspection day. the 4" exhaust is not an issue. I have a cali approved AFE intake. I live in cali and have 3 trucks.
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Yep. AFe intake, 4 cat back and a hydra. No issues smogging just put it on stock tune. All good.


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You can change the revs per mile with Forscan nearly for free. Need Forescan, a wireless obd connector ($20) and need to get the temporary license from the forum.
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You can change the revs per mile with Forscan nearly for free. Need Forescan, a wireless obd connector ($20) and need to get the temporary license from the forum.
Yup, here is a good how to: https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...er-change.html
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thanks for the replies fellas :-)

Yes, it does pass smog with zero issues with the intake and exhaust. I'd like to keep it that way :-)
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My 2000 is basically stock except for a home-made intake tube with a big air filter, and 4" exhaust with no catalytic converter and not much of a muffler. It is a CA factory non-catalyst vehicle. I'm putting 315 tires and I'd like to have the speedometer read closer to correct.

I also wouldn't mind having more power as well, but I'm not looking to race this thing or blow smoke everywhere, or tow huge loads.

The CA legal products that I see are the somewhat generic tunes from what I gather, like superchips, diablo, banks, edge, and so on. I realize these aren't going to be as good as an actual custom tune. I'd be fine with that, if they at least noticably wake the truck up a bit.

For someone who wants to comply with the local laws, are these at all noticeably better than stock?



I have a manual 6 speed transmission, if that makes any difference.

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You having the 6 speed opens up tuning a lot. the majority of the BIG issues with Edge, banks, superchips etc was the shifting with autos. That and a little less power then tunes from say a custom chip etc...

Since you only have to smog every other year. You could easily get by with a hydra chip. It plugs into your ecm directly vs the flash programmer that plug into your OBDII port. Me personally I would try to find an older edger evo model 15000 (looks like a gamboy old school) or get a php hydra chip from one of the vendors like @[email protected]

I recommend the old edge evo1 because the programmer for that chip was Bill from powerhungry performance who designed the hydra chip which is the gold standard for 7.3l owners but since you control shifting with the 6spd you may save some coin with the edge flash programmer etc.

CA smog is not hard on the 7.3L at all. If you are a man of principle/conscious edge and superchips have C.A.R.B. approved programmers but the hydra or an old edge evo will more than bring a smile to your face.


ALso I second the forscan method for adjusting the speedo/odometer.

download forscan on a pc laptop spend $20 on a obd2 to usb adapter cable and make an account on the forscan.org forum to request the temporary extended license and follow the link cooper put to adjust. Did mine month or so ago and many others before me.

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I picked up an Edge EvoHT2, plenty easy enough to change the tire size, and I'm happy with the engine tuning. I do notice a slight haze out the exhaust when I romp on it in 4th-6th gear. I'm not thrilled about that, but it's rare that I go full throttle, so I'm ok with it. Normal driving is very nice, and the larger tires actually seem to make the gear ratios in the transmission feel more natural. Still don't ever use 1st gear on the street, but even 3rd gear remains ok to start out on a flat stop, just have to give it a slight bit of throttle.

My first problem with the new tires/wheels is that the wheel weights fell off. All of them. Every. Single. One... before I even bolted the wheels onto the axles. I grabbed the wheels/tires out of the bed of the truck to bolt them on, and found 5 strips of weights just laying in the bed. WTF? hah! I'm guessing the monkeys didn't wipe off and clean the inner wheel before they stuck the weights on. I've had stick-on weights on many vehicles that never fell off before, even my rock crawler jeep never lost wheel weights... :-\
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