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7.3 upgrades for towing

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I’m new to the 7.3 my last truck was a 6.0 f450. I have recently bought a 2000 f250srw 6 speed, 3.73 diff and I am looking for advice for modifying for extra power towing. The truck is stock besides for muffler delete. I’ve already ordered all new brakes and filters but looking to spend about 1,500 to add some “safe” power to help with heavy loads. I mostly pull a skid steer and trailer that’s 10k-12k and a 4K boat. I was thinking gauges, tunes, turbo housing upgrade or could do injectors and housing not sure just don’t want to worry about egts when towing.
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I would do the normal basic mods. Tuner, intake, exhaust, monitor.

There are lots of choices for exhaust, but if you live in the northern states, then go with stainless steel.

If you don't want to do the exhaust, then we have this option for a turbo upgrade.

Or this kit

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I appreciate the advice but I have been doing a bit of research and from what all I’ve read most say stock exhaust and intake can support way more power than what I have or plan to make. I am interested in a tune regardless of which route I go but more interested in spending my money on parts that give a good gain in power and efficiency. If anyone has a truck setup with different housing, turbo, injectors, etc that tows often I would appreciate your input.
We do a few thousand of these particular trucks each year. The engine is an air pump, the easier it is to get the exhaust air out, the less the engine has to work.
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I would do:

160/30 injectors


kc drop in turbo

Upgraded clutch

Gauges (EGT, boost, fuel pressure)

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He mentioned he has a $1500 budget. That's about $4500 worth of parts.
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$275 for the php chip
*I liked the 2008 mirror upgrade kit for about $280. Improved visability and helped a ton backing up and during traffic.
Absolutely on the mirrors. That's a good mod to bring up.

Hydra chip is now $349 shipped. Must have been awhile since you've looked at prices @JustinOOO9 Lol
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Yes. Stock compressor wheels tend to surge easier, and you'll typically gain a few more lbs of boost with a billet KC wheel.
Would a wheel help reduce egts on just a tuned truck or would a housing and wheel be better
Typically a little bit, but there are other variables that affect egt's like boost and exhaust side leaks.
I don’t have any boost or exhaust leaks on my truck or yet to know what my egts will be towing with a tuner but will hopefully be setup next week maybe take some equipment for a ride
Have you honestly looked behind your turbo where the up pipes go into the collector? It is very common to have exhaust leaks there, and you won't hear them like on a gasser engine that make a "ticking" sound.

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