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Old 01-04-2011, 12:09 AM
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Alright, I figured Id give a little info about my truck and you guys could maybe give me some feedback in ruturn. I would like to know how much the IDM Mod would help, Gears ratio's Pro's/Con's, and what kind of power Im making, and if I should do anything else to the tranny.

The truck was bought two years ago for $10,000 and ran ok. It came with a KN&N FIPK Intake, Superchips Programmer, and a 3" downpipe. The truck sat for about 7 months and when I picked it up, it would barely start. Checked oil and it was black and kinda thick, removed the fuel filter and I ran my pinky finger in one of the pleets and there was about 1/4" of crap that came out, both batteries were completely junk and so forth. After I performed a Synthetic oil change w/motorcraft filter and changed the fuel filter and both batteries; startup was instant. Since then I added a full MBRP 3" to 4" Streight pipe exhaust kit and a full set of AutoMeter Gauges on the A-piller. I used a 4-40 cap screw to shim the FPR. I installed a ITP Diesel Overboost Annihilator and DI Performance HX Oil Hose. I once installed a International DT466 Cam Sensor which i removed cause It seemed to reduce throttle responce and smoke. I installed a Bully Dog Shift kit along with a Dp-Tuner F5 chip(Stock, 80hp Tow, 140hp Agressive and Lope) which I installed right next to my Wait to Start light. Since then I have replaced my up pipes and used Chevy SB 350 Donut Gaskets. At the same time i delted my EBPV and installed a new pedistal. I also replaced the factory 1.15AR turbine housing to a 1.00AR turbin housing. on the compressor side I replaced the so called Wicked Wheel to a stock SuperDuty comrpessor wheel, which seemed to cut out all the in cab whistle of the turbo, but it seems like the exhaust picked up the slack. Since everthing was already apart I decided to switch over to the SD 3" intake manifolds and custom make a Y pipe to fit.







Alright, now that you have seen and read what I have done, This is what I want to do. IDM Upgrade, New Gears 3.55 or 3.73 dont know, I have a 6.0L CAC to install in the summer and I want to change the programming in the F5 Chip
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:00 AM
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Re: 1997 Ford F350

IDM mod is very minor but you will notice a lil bit of a difference. If you want to start making some power you'll prolly just want to upgrade injectors seeming how obs stockers are very small.
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Re: 1997 Ford F350

Thanx, Right now I want to see how much power and fuel mileage I can get out of the stock injectors.
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Re: 1997 Ford F350

Very nice F350 and mods.

I have 3.55's gears in my 97 F350 and get 20MPG on freeway with no mods at all, bone stock, tires are bigger than stock though, 305-70-16's on stock alum rims.
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:53 PM
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Re: 1997 Ford F350

I would do a HPOP as a next mod.
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:29 AM
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I found a 17* HPOP, would that be a good upgrade? I dont know a whole lot about the HEUI Injection. I dont plan on upgrading injectors any time soon. Thanks for all your info.
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Yes a 17* hpop would be a good upgrade over the obs 15* pump
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unless someone changed gears it should have 3.55 or 4.10,
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The idm mod will smooth out the idle a little. If you tow much I wouldn't go 3.55(which is what I have) 3.73 would be a nice compromise between 3.55 and 4.10's
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Re: 1997 Ford F350

I have the sister to your truck! Same color and all. 3.55 gears, auto 7.3

I gotta disagree on gearing. The 3.55 is ideal IMO, unless your gonna be pulling 18,000- 20,000 + alot. I towed my dually from nashville back home from Beans in dec, pulled it great! Right at 15,000 + the weight of the OBS, so +/- 22,000 pounds GCW. No chip, or anything. Not a rocketship, but did a very good job, plus the mpg is not gonna be matched by a lower gear. Just turn off the OD if its too much.
IDM mod is very worth it on the OBS. Better throttle response, a little bit more power, few psi more boost. Starts are a tad quicker too.

Sounds like you already got a good handle on things. Only thing I dont get is why the compressor wheel switch? Most everyone goes the other direction there. Electric fuel system is a good upgrade as well as pre-post pump filters and RR fuel system to get rid of the stock filter housing.
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