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I'm new here and I would like to know what would be better for my truck which is a stock 2wd 2003 F250 7.3 with 337,000 miles and a 4R100 automatic. Which would be cheaper a chip or programmer? Which would build more power? Just looking for some opinions here.
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Custom tunes on a chip, something mildly tuned i would think having that many miles.
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Chip by far. No unloading or loading tunes. Just turn a knob to go from towing to all power.

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I'm new here and I would like to know what would be better for my truck which is a stock 2wd 2003 F250 7.3 with 337,000 miles and a 4R100 automatic. Which would be cheaper a chip or programmer? Which would build more power? Just looking for some opinions here.
You all aint answering the OP's question.A programer would be cheaper and alittle more simpler,but fer over all performance a chip is the only way to go for a 7.3L.

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You all aint answering the OP's question.A programer would be cheaper and alittle more simpler,but fer over all performance a chip is the only way to go for a 7.3L.
I beg to differ.

Most programmers will run you along the lines of $425-$600 depending on what brand it is (unless it is bought used).

Some vendors will sell a chip with 3-6 tunes for around $400.

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TS chip on ebay for like 225 buy it now. If your wanting cheap. If you wanna do it right the first time go throught one of site sponsers. maybe Matt with Gearhead?

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I beg to differ.

Most programmers will run you along the lines of $425-$600 depending on what brand it is (unless it is bought used).

Some vendors will sell a chip with 3-6 tunes for around $400.
I have about 4,7.3 progammers here on the shelf i would sell for less than $250 some evan have custom tunes.

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I beg to differ.

Most programmers will run you along the lines of $425-$600 depending on what brand it is (unless it is bought used).

Some vendors will sell a chip with 3-6 tunes for around $400.
I think you need to re-read my post....Since you seem to know it all....

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Tuner with custom tunes for your truck considering the milage would be a lot safer. Most programmers are in the $400 range and a tuner such as a dp with a few mild tunes won't cost much more. Just wait till you have the $$$$ and get a tuner from someone on here, you'll be glad you did down the road. Just make sure to give them as much info as you can including the milage. Just my $.02

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