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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-30-2009, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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How mileage engine - how reliable are plug in mods?

Ive got a 97 psd everything is stock right now except for 3.5" strait pipe back from the downpipe. It is my main transportation so I don't want to do anything that has a high percentage of leading to failure. I was thinking of adding a mild programmer possible the edge evolution but with the truck having 293,000 mi on it is that a bad idea? I don't plan on running the crap out of it but it'd be nice to have more power on occasion. any ideas or input would be appreciated, thanks
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-30-2009, 04:56 PM
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Re: How mileage engine - how reliable are plug in mods?

I had a superchips on my OBS 7.3 with more miles than that...That didn't last long my injectors were starting to crap out on me.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-30-2009, 07:34 PM
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Re: How mileage engine - how reliable are plug in mods?

Get a 6 position custom chip. Much better tuning, shift on the fly. Power on demand. Way better than, "OK you wanna race, pull over here and give me fifteen minutes to reprogram."

By the way, I recommend Tony Wildman. But there a lot of good programmers on here.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-30-2009, 08:23 PM
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Re: How mileage engine - how reliable are plug in mods?

custom tunes are much better, as andy said.
my truck has had a long life as well, i'm sitting on 283K. I tuned it at 261K. since then, i've had to replace the injectors and now the HPOP.
there are parts on these trucks that will go out eventually, and tuning works them harder. be prepared to replace a few if you do go ahead and tune.
However, despite the rough times i've been having, it's still greatly worth it.
every time I drive my truck I'm looking like this guy:

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