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Old 08-01-2014, 12:52 PM   #11
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I had a 2004 Chevy 2500 LLY for a while and had it tuned with EFI Live and DSP5 switch. Was my daily driver and loved it.
Current truck is stock, and will likely stay that way.
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:50 PM   #12
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I left mine as stock as I could muster for now...my tuner is the older one before the epa got all involved...so I have the parts to fully delete....but honestly. ..it ran n pulled GREAT from day one....ive really tried hard to leave well enough alone on the drivetrain...my toys always break when the "you know what would be cool" bug takes hold....lol
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Old 08-01-2014, 02:19 PM   #13
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I was stock for 2 weeks after delivery, the only think that is stock is the rotating mass . but that is going to change this winter...In my pictures are snapshots of my last 2 dyno`s runs
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Old 08-01-2014, 02:45 PM   #14
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Old 08-02-2014, 09:47 AM   #15
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I bought my 2003 F250 Lariat crew cab new, and it's one of the last 7.3's. I've been running an 80 hp econo flash on the ECU for many years, and it's a 20 mpg vehicle on the open road.

I'm finally buying that fifth wheel, and truck modifications are warranted. I never realized that 3/4 ton trucks are somewhat bastard vehicles in that they have the power to pull heavy fifth wheels, but they don't have the weight carrying capability for the pin weights of big fiver's.

I've got a new D-P Tuner controllable chip with a 60 hp tow mode. I ordered a set of custom frame under bed mounts and bed rails for my hitch. The 16K B&W Patriot hitch is a great high line hitch. I've installed a TruCool secondary transmission cooler. And a set of gauges is going to be installed before I tackle any mountain towing. And I have a set of AirLift 5000 air bags on the rear. I plan to change the air intake and change the exhaust system shortly to keep the engine cooler.

It's very important to have any tow vehicle in 100% mechanical condition. You don't want any bad tie rod ends or ball joints that might cause any "death wobble." I use only Hawk LTS brake pads on my truck, as brakes are very important.

With my modifications, I'm limiting myself to a new 11,000 pound fifth wheel with a 2,000 pound dry weight on the pin. Anyone that might go to a larger, heavier fifth wheel needs to go ahead and buy a 1 ton dually--rather than have to trade later. There are limitations to the RV a 3/4 ton will handle.
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Old 08-02-2014, 10:33 AM   #16
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I bought my 2003 F250 Lariat crew cab new, and it's one of the last 7.3's. I've been running an 80 hp econo flash on the ECU for many years, and it's a 20 mpg vehicle on the open road.

I'm finally buying that fifth wheel, and truck modifications are warranted. I never realized that 3/4 ton trucks are somewhat bastard vehicles in that they have the power to pull heavy fifth wheels, but they don't have the weight carrying capability for the pin weights of big fiver's.

I've got a new D-P Tuner controllable chip with a 60 hp tow mode. I ordered a set of custom frame under bed mounts and bed rails for my hitch. The 16K B&W Patriot hitch is a great high line hitch. I've installed a TruCool secondary transmission cooler. And a set of gauges is going to be installed before I tackle any mountain towing. And I have a set of AirLift 5000 air bags on the rear. I plan to change the air intake and change the exhaust system shortly to keep the engine cooler.

It's very important to have any tow vehicle in 100% mechanical condition. You don't want any bad tie rod ends or ball joints that might cause any "death wobble." I use only Hawk LTS brake pads on my truck, as brakes are very important.

With my modifications, I'm limiting myself to a new 11,000 pound fifth wheel with a 2,000 pound dry weight on the pin. Anyone that might go to a larger, heavier fifth wheel needs to go ahead and buy a 1 ton dually--rather than have to trade later. There are limitations to the RV a 3/4 ton will handle.
Your 2003 F-250 is the same as a F-350 except for a 250 has a 2 inch block between the axle and spring perch , the 350 has a 4 inch block and two more leaf springs. the frame axle and brake are the same. throw some air bags on it. you can get your 250 GVWR changed to
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:43 AM   #17
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I absolutely love the truck, but I have to ask. Why did you add F350 springs and axle instead of just buying an F350 from the start? The price difference was probably less than what you spent on aftermarket mods, plus you get the door sticker that makes it legal...Again, love the truck, just curious.
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Old 08-02-2014, 02:04 PM   #18
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I have a 04 dodge 3500 drw. I love this truck. I bought it from the bank when the guy who originally bought it voluntarily turned it it due to not being able to pay for it. I did a few things to it, airbags, programmer (smartly), front and rear bumpers with front winch. And by the far the best upgrade was the exhaust brake. The truck is a daily driver and makes me money by pulling equipment to my repair shop from the field. I go on a lot of utility roads so the winch was a necessity.

Hoping to pick up my new trailer on Friday.

For those who can't justify the cost of these trucks. Do what I did and call banks to get a repo list from them. It took me a year but I got exactly what I wanted at a fraction of the cost
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Old 08-02-2014, 07:31 PM   #19
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Your 2003 F-250 is the same as a F-350 except for a 250 has a 2 inch block between the axle and spring perch , the 350 has a 4 inch block and two more leaf springs. the frame axle and brake are the same. throw some air bags on it. you can get your 250 GVWR changed to
My F250 has the camper/tow package, and it has the helper springs like the F350. But my rear axle is 3 1/2" in diameter where the F350 is 4" in diameter for single rear wheel models. (Dually's don't use the Sterling rear end.)

I still consider all brands of 3/4 trucks to be pretty much bastard trucks, in as they have the power to tow big loads but you cannot load'em down with 3500-4000 lbs. of pin weight of big 5ivers.

But when it comes down to it, I have no desire to drive any big dually around Krystal or in the tight places I have to go from day to day. I'm just sticking to a 11K new fifth wheel with 2K pin weight, and I'm not suffering one bit having single rear wheels.
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I added a camper shell and step bars... does that count?
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