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Bought a 7.3 Ford 1999 F350



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Old 01-12-2012, 09:26 PM   #1
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Bought a 7.3 Ford 1999 F350

So I bought my first 7.3 Powerstroke... It is a F350 6 Speed 4x4. Nice truck with 130k miles. I want to add a little power to this truck. I don't want to tear it up though. Just wondering what everyone else has tried that worked and what was a waste or mistake in time and money. This truck is stock and has always been.

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Old 01-13-2012, 06:48 AM   #2
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Cheap ones:

There is a conversion that ties the two oil rails together.
You can mess with the spring in the pump.
Open the exhaust.
Install a larger one.

I put a Bully Dog on mine and loved it. You can't run it on extreme for long and I don't recommend that setting at all.

I ran a 60 HP chip for 8 years with no problems.

The air box is restrictive and a cheep Fix is a filter used on the Vortec engines 96-99 or so.

The engine is a good one, poke around on the net. You'll find plenty.

To bad your 300 mile away. One of the best 7.3 mechanics lives here in Clovis.
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I had the same truck at one time. Things that worked for me was I put a 4" exhaust on it. Try Treasure Valley Diesel for the exhaust, do the Diamond Eye turbo back kit. I also put in a 75hp chip in it and worked sweet. I would go with a programer and definitly do a cold air intake if you do the exhaust. You can get it all from them at a package rate.

Elcaminoman's suggestions work. I have helped people do them and they work!
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:51 AM   #4
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First things first. POST SOME PICS!!!

As was mentioned above. Before you add much power you need to open up your exhaust and intake to keep your turbo cool. 4" turbo-back would be ideal, but a minimum would be straight-piping your stock setup. Next would be some sort of larger air filter.

I would recommend getting gauges or a programmer with the ability to monitor EGT's and boost. Oil Pressure is another one to watch.

I have a TS 6 position chip that I run on 75hp most of the time, and turn it up to 100hp once in a while. 140hp is really too much for a stock clutch.

On 100hp I can hit 24psi in 5th gear, before the turbo starts fluttering. With 4" exhaust, bigger filter and the 100hp setting, I have yet to see my pre-turbo EGT's exceed 1300 degrees.

I know a lot of folks like the Cummins and Duramax motors, but having driven multiple versions of all three, I like the 7.3L powerstroke the best. For my style of driving it pulls and drives perfect.
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Old 01-24-2012, 09:39 PM   #5
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Thanks. I appreciate all the input. I will put some pics up soon. I haven't even had the time to really enjoy owning it yet. I will do some research. The TS 6 position chip is what I have been leaning towards so far. I have had 24 valve cummins, 6.0 Ford, and currently a 09' Duramax dually. (which is for sale)! I haven't liked the programmers that I have used in the past. Edge and Superchip. They worked, put just weren't as usable as as the TS seems to be. I will add exhaust first and change up the air filter to allow better flow.
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I have a 00 f250 sclb4x4 that I have done 4" MBRP turbo back, and a quadzilla xilaraider 2 on and I'm very impressed and love the Adjustability of the xilaraider 2and it really helped my truck, only about $600-650 for everyhing. The fuel mileage has definitely improved, just got done with mods so don't have numbers yet but I will update after a few tanks.
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Let me know. IF someone will tell me how to post pics, I would.. OR send me a email and I will be happy to let you!
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Let me know. IF someone will tell me how to post pics, I would.. OR send me a email and I will be happy to let you!
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