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Old 06-07-2009, 07:54 PM
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2001 F250 7.3L upgrade recommendations

I'm confused! I'm having a hard time finding reliable recommendations on how to upgrade my 2001 F250 for both fuel economy & performance. I use the truck mostly for support & company promotion on dirt/gravel roads & highway - no sled pulling, lite towing, and no racing.
I've added a 4" turbo-back straight pipe exhaust, AirRaid intake, Fitch Fuel Cat, DP Tuner F5 (thinking of swapping for F6), 8" lift, traction bars, 38's, dual Yellow-top Optima batteries, 430 gears, performance transmission, John Wood VB, diff covers, Zmax (will try Schaeffers soon), Royal Purple gear oil, tire balnce beads, ...
I'm not happy with my open AirRaid system and am looking to change to S&B or AFE Stage 2.
My turbo seems to surge under heavy towing or spinning. Am now looking at ATS housing or Wicked Wheel or GTP38R BB Turbo upgrade.
Am looking at replacing intercooler with Banks or other as well.
Shopping for dual ram air hood replacement but having no luck finding low enough price.
Would like to switch to Kelderman suspension for smoother ride & higher lift but too expensive.
Researching Painless Water/Meth system.
Have been recommended to upgrade to Terminator? HPOP & DD bigger injectors.
Need to upgrade steering if go to 40"+ tires.

I'm torn between going bigger (tires/lift), performance, fuel economy, and off-roading. I mostly like the high riding trucks but that screws my mpg. And the more street/show upgrades make it less off-road capable or too expensive to trash. So many choices with so little money.

Thanks ahead of time for your help.
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:02 PM
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Re: 2001 F250 7.3L upgrade recommendations

Take the silly lift off of it...
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Old 06-08-2009, 05:21 PM
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Re: 2001 F250 7.3L upgrade recommendations

Big tires and a 8" lift will kill both mileage and performance.

Save and get the Garrett 38R.

Stay away from the meth, and use the water to controll EGTs.

Seeing that you have a 2001, you probably have PMRs (powered metal rods), which have been known to fail at over 400hp, so check if you have those before going with big injectors.

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Old 06-08-2009, 05:24 PM
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Re: 2001 F250 7.3L upgrade recommendations

id go with a 38r, stay away from meth, and you might not even need the water or innercooler after getting the 38r...
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Re: 2001 F250 7.3L upgrade recommendations

run a hood stack...
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Re: 2001 F250 7.3L upgrade recommendations

read on here no need to waste ur money on intercooler upgrade. Go with the 38r, and if you wanted extra cooling just water no meth.

Lift is big enough and what mpg's are you getting?
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Re: 2001 F250 7.3L upgrade recommendations

I'd shy away from the Painless Water kit. There is nothing painless about that install :doh

Way easier kits to install out there, Snow Performance or Cooling Mist
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Re: 2001 F250 7.3L upgrade recommendations

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I'd shy away from the Painless Water kit. There is nothing painless about that install :doh

Way easier kits to install out there, Snow Performance or Cooling Mist
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Re: 2001 F250 7.3L upgrade recommendations

dont use the water meth, bad idea...we at DI sell our intercooler if your interested in one, you can PM me, the 38R will help you alot more than a housing and wheel, i mean its just worth the money to do the upgrade. and the AFE stg 2 with the PG7 will help you alot, seeing as how you use the truck in dusty conditions.
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