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I'm in the market to get a chip or a programmer. From what I understand getting a custom chip is much better that a programmer especially for your transmission if you have an automatic which I have. Yesterday I was leaning towards a programmer due to that fact that I like that it can read codes if the check engine light or something else went on. So my question is which chip would be the best to go with. From what I've read on here people like the TW, Beans, or DP. The thing I don't quite understand about the whole chip thing is how it actually works. Does it act the same way as a plug in programmer but you plug it into your PCM I believe? If this is true, does this basically trick your computer? I am fairly new to diesels so please be kind. I understand I need gauges before installing a chip. I apologize for having several questions in one post. I just want to make the right decision for the money. Also if this might help as of right now my truck is bone stock. I will be doing the 6637 filter and cutting the muffler off this week. And once I figure out the chip thing, I'll probably be ordering a chip and gauges. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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it honestly depends on the engine in your truck do you have a 7.3 6.0 6.4 6.7?
 

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I completely forgot telling in the post that it was a 7.3. Sorry everyone.

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yes a chip plugs into the PCM. No, a custom chip doesn't "trick" anything, like a programmer like SCT, banks, bullydog, superchips etc all do. A custom chip actually changes the PCM's workings.. IE, it changes fuel maps, boost maps, timing curves, etc. It doesn't just trick the ECU into adding more fuel, like most programmers do. Also, custom chips change the auto's shift patterns; they increase line pressure, decrease slipping of the TC which eliminates heat and preserves the tranny, etc.
 

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Thank you very much. That was quite helpful and helped make my decision even easier.

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yes a chip plugs into the PCM. No, a custom chip doesn't "trick" anything, like a programmer like SCT, banks, bullydog, superchips etc all do. A custom chip actually changes the PCM's workings.. IE, it changes fuel maps, boost maps, timing curves, etc. It doesn't just trick the ECU into adding more fuel, like most programmers do. Also, custom chips change the auto's shift patterns; they increase line pressure, decrease slipping of the TC which eliminates heat and preserves the tranny, etc.
^whs, the only thing is I know sct, at least on a 6.0 doesn't trick sensors. sct isn't a bad company. Just that custom blows them out of the water with fuel maps and timing curves. But really sct is kind of pointless on a 7.3:icon_ford:
 
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