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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-03-2010, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone have problems with a towing tune?

I have an 06 F250 that I recently had the EGR deleted on.

When I had the truck tuned to get rid of the check engine light for the EGR, my tuner gave me a stock tune and a 50 hp towing tune.

The odd thing was, the stock tune felt slower than the truck felt with supposedly no tune on it. I don't know if the truck HAD a tune on it when I bought it, or if the tuner just gave me an ultar conservative tune, but the guy that did the EGR delete said it was making less boost than stock.

He told me these trucks top out at around 24 or 25 psi of boost and, per the stock gauge, it was not making over 20.

In any case, I put the 50 hp towing tune on and the thing FLEW with that on it. I think part of it may have had someting to do with the fact the shift programming was obviously changed too, but either way it had me concerned about blowing the head gaskets.

So, my question is, has anyone had any problems with their towing tunes? Someone I know told me the towing tune is all he had (from Superchips) and his heads started to lift a bit. I am just trying to figure out if I can run with this tune or if I really need to wait until I can afford to do studs and gaskets.

BTW, I use this truck for towing almost everyday.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-03-2010, 02:58 AM
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Re: Anyone have problems with a towing tune?

When I asked for a tow tune, it was not strong enough for me, so I just use a "Extreme Street" tune for towing.
What are you using for a programmer? Superchips? Almost everyone who is on this, and many other forums use nothing but SCT custom tunes for their trucks.

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Re: Anyone have problems with a towing tune?

Yeah, I have an Xcal2 I was using for my Mustang but I needed the tune for the check engine light in kind of a pinch, so I am going to get another one later for my car.

So were you running those tunes on the factory head bolts?
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Re: Anyone have problems with a towing tune?

EGR delete was money well spent. Hard to have coolant in your intake with no EGR system.....Thats what seemed to lift mine. Wasnt the power so much as the engine trying to compress water/steam. Cant flash boil your cooler either.

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Yeah, I have an Xcal2 I was using for my Mustang but I needed the tune for the check engine light in kind of a pinch, so I am going to get another one later for my car.

So were you running those tunes on the factory head bolts?
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Re: Anyone have problems with a towing tune?

Towing on extreme street!!?? Not a very good idea. That tune runs to hot to pull any kind of weight. I even had strict instructions to use the street tune for only up to 10k. Ex. street is for runnin empty, and playin.

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Re: Anyone have problems with a towing tune?

Is the Extreme street more like 100hp or 150hp?

So far I am not seeing anyone having a problem on these 50-80 hp tunes, but I may still be too chicken to use it without studs.
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Re: Anyone have problems with a towing tune?

well my tow tunes on my 7.3l take for ever to shift. sometimes i wonder if hell will frezze over by the time they shift lmao.
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Re: Anyone have problems with a towing tune?

A lot of guys tow on extreme street including myself, just watch your gauges. I don't tow heavy on it though. I use aggressive tow which is like a 70hp tune with EXCELLENT trans tuning (via Eric from Innovative) when I tow my 22' camper, but that's the only time I use that tune.

I cant see having any issues with a town tune as far as headgaskets go, but then again stock trucks have issues sometimes too...

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Re: Anyone have problems with a towing tune?

I want to bump this once to see if anyone else can at least comment on their tow tune experiences.

Also, it seems like my truck is suddenly getting worse fuel milage since I changed the oil. It might be in my head, but I changed the oil and about two days later I took a trip of about 140 miles (and I also put on my tow tune) and I was getting around 16.xx MPG according to the dash.

I took the tow tune off and the MPG was about the same. I did notice the boost was a bit higher at different rpms with the tow tune, but that doesn't explain similar MPG without it. I think the truck was getting between 18-19.xx on the interstate before the EGR delete and any tuning.

I will add this; the trip and mileage in the 1st paragraph was while towing a 16 foot double axle trailer with one VERY low tire. I mean it had about 8 psi and I am surprised it didn't fall apart. I don't think the mileage changed once I fixed the tire, but I just thought I'd mention the trailer 1st. (It was empty)

Finaly, since I had the EGR deleted, the turbo seems to like to blow the pipe off the pressure side. Any ideas where I can get a clamp I should use on this truck? I was thinking of just going back to the dealer, but I don't really care for that spring loaded clamp. I have some T-bolt clamps (no spring) That are the wrong size, but were ordered for my supercharger piping on my Mustang, but they are a little wider in the band than the stock clamps are.
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