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New to me E99! Let the mods begin!

So I used to have a white 2005 F-350 CCLB 6.0L ZF6 4x4. I sent the truck to auction in September 2012 with a possible bad lifter and a bad taste for Ford. Took the money from the truck and broke a 40 year family run of exclusively FoMoCo product ownership and bought a 2004 Cadillac CTS-V, and all it's 400hp LS6, 6-speed, 14" Brembo brakes, 4-door awesomeness. Love it., and it mostly cured my 6.0L blues. Mostly.

Well, I still have a 30' 5th wheel, and my current job will pay me to provide my own truck. And I've been seriously missing having a truck for 6 months or more, so I started looking seriously this past summer for the right truck. I found a winner the end of last month. It's an early 1999 F-350 Lariat CCLB 7.3L 4R100 4x4 and its black. Had a family member go test drive it and bought it sight unseen.

Picked the truck up last weekend, its not nearly as powerful as the 6.0 was, and the E99 turning radius sucks, but its a straight rust free truck with 133k on the odometer, a fresh Ford installed HPOP, new torque converter, and freshly resealed rear axle with fresh Ford oe brakes on all four corners. There a a couple minor cosmetic issues that are from age and normal wear and tear, I'll take care of those.

Yesterday I got busy. I installed the Pro-Tech headache rack and tool box from my 2005, and of course my 5" dual stack kit. My Labs came out and chased away the kitty, so it's straight piped in the process.

Planned mods before Spring 2014:
Donaldson air intake kit
Boost/EGT/TransTemp Gauges
Mild Tuning, probably SCT so I can do my thing
'05 Harley head lamps
'05 Lariat grille
'05 Chrome bumper with black filler
'11 4x4 front air dam.

Long term mods planned:
2005+ axles/steering/suspension
4-6" lift with 4-link/coil over front
3.31:1 gears with a GV under drive
17" or 18" wheels and 35" or 37" tires
Pocket Flares and N-Fab w/bed step
Sprayed bed liner and rockers

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The Current Truck (Oct-2013 to Present):
1999 (Early) F-350 Lariat, CCLB, SRW, Black/Tan

7.3L Powerstroke, 4R100, 4x4, 3.73, 37x13.50-18s, '05 Axle Swap, 6" Fabtech lift, GTP38 "D66" turbo upgrade, SCT 4-position chip with custom tuning by me, Straight Piped 4" down pipe through 5" dual stacks, N-Fab full length triple steps, Pro-Tech cab guard and tool box, louvered 5th wheel gate, Hella 500 Fog and Driving lamps, much more to come...
The one I'll miss, (Mar-2009 to Jan-2014):
2000 Excursion XLT 4x4

6.8L V-10, 4R100, 4.30, 285/75-18, 271whp / 388wtq
The one I won't, (Jul-2005 to Sep-2012):
2005 F-350 XLT, CCLB, SRW, 4x4 FX4

6.0L PSD, ZF-6S650, 3.73, 35x12.5-18, 4.5" Lift

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The AG app sucks for posting pictures. And this new site ownership shut off the Tapatalk ap that actually worked.




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The Current Truck (Oct-2013 to Present):
1999 (Early) F-350 Lariat, CCLB, SRW, Black/Tan

7.3L Powerstroke, 4R100, 4x4, 3.73, 37x13.50-18s, '05 Axle Swap, 6" Fabtech lift, GTP38 "D66" turbo upgrade, SCT 4-position chip with custom tuning by me, Straight Piped 4" down pipe through 5" dual stacks, N-Fab full length triple steps, Pro-Tech cab guard and tool box, louvered 5th wheel gate, Hella 500 Fog and Driving lamps, much more to come...
The one I'll miss, (Mar-2009 to Jan-2014):
2000 Excursion XLT 4x4

6.8L V-10, 4R100, 4.30, 285/75-18, 271whp / 388wtq
The one I won't, (Jul-2005 to Sep-2012):
2005 F-350 XLT, CCLB, SRW, 4x4 FX4

6.0L PSD, ZF-6S650, 3.73, 35x12.5-18, 4.5" Lift

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Why 3.31:1 ring and pinions? And why the air dam? Just curious

'02 F250 with the legendary 7.3L. DP tuner, DIY dual Spectre Diesel Cone air intake, 6" lift with front level, RedHead steering gear, 37x13.5r20 Toyo Open Country MTs, Fuel Hostage rims, straight stock exhaust, custom built rear bumper.

Future mods: rear locker, 4.30s or possibly 4.56s, iron bull front bumper, injectors, ccv mod, turbo rebuild from turboworx, onboard compressor.....

Looking for more mods and upgrades. Feel free to suggest improvements
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WELCOME BACK!!!!!!!

Early 2004 F-250 4x4 CC 6.0


2nd owner, ARP studs 1 at a time, Some parts missing in the exhaust path, BD intercooler hoses, Blue spring, MC filters, Sinister coolant filter, Exhaust manifold gaskets, WARN lockouts, Gold coolant, zoodad mod, autometer boost gauge, high idle mod, Scangauge 2, SCT X3 tuned from KEM, autometer fuel pressure gauge, Archoil 6200 in the fuel, FICM by Ed w/ATLAS40, autometer pyro gauge,'08 Alum Rear Diff cover, 5w-40 Rotella T6 w/ Archoil 9100 in it, zert in the slip joint, harpooned fuel tank, 6.4 banjos


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Oh yeah and



Sorry Had to do it.

Early 2004 F-250 4x4 CC 6.0


2nd owner, ARP studs 1 at a time, Some parts missing in the exhaust path, BD intercooler hoses, Blue spring, MC filters, Sinister coolant filter, Exhaust manifold gaskets, WARN lockouts, Gold coolant, zoodad mod, autometer boost gauge, high idle mod, Scangauge 2, SCT X3 tuned from KEM, autometer fuel pressure gauge, Archoil 6200 in the fuel, FICM by Ed w/ATLAS40, autometer pyro gauge,'08 Alum Rear Diff cover, 5w-40 Rotella T6 w/ Archoil 9100 in it, zert in the slip joint, harpooned fuel tank, 6.4 banjos


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Well, the air dam and the 3.31s are for the mostly highway miles the truck will see. The Gear Vendor under drive will be for towing to split the gears. The nice thing will be that with 3.31s I'll be able to tow in 3rd under or 3rd direct, and have good RPM without taxing the factory overdrive quite so heavily.

And yeah, what's the point in an AP that gives the option to post pictures if you can't post pictures. Can't say I have a very high opinion of Autoguide.


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The Current Truck (Oct-2013 to Present):
1999 (Early) F-350 Lariat, CCLB, SRW, Black/Tan

7.3L Powerstroke, 4R100, 4x4, 3.73, 37x13.50-18s, '05 Axle Swap, 6" Fabtech lift, GTP38 "D66" turbo upgrade, SCT 4-position chip with custom tuning by me, Straight Piped 4" down pipe through 5" dual stacks, N-Fab full length triple steps, Pro-Tech cab guard and tool box, louvered 5th wheel gate, Hella 500 Fog and Driving lamps, much more to come...
The one I'll miss, (Mar-2009 to Jan-2014):
2000 Excursion XLT 4x4

6.8L V-10, 4R100, 4.30, 285/75-18, 271whp / 388wtq
The one I won't, (Jul-2005 to Sep-2012):
2005 F-350 XLT, CCLB, SRW, 4x4 FX4

6.0L PSD, ZF-6S650, 3.73, 35x12.5-18, 4.5" Lift
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It would almost have been easier to get a Federal budget passed than it was to get a stupid picture uploaded to this site. The Autoguide app sucks. I had to upload the image through the main website. But here it is!

The Current Truck (Oct-2013 to Present):
1999 (Early) F-350 Lariat, CCLB, SRW, Black/Tan

7.3L Powerstroke, 4R100, 4x4, 3.73, 37x13.50-18s, '05 Axle Swap, 6" Fabtech lift, GTP38 "D66" turbo upgrade, SCT 4-position chip with custom tuning by me, Straight Piped 4" down pipe through 5" dual stacks, N-Fab full length triple steps, Pro-Tech cab guard and tool box, louvered 5th wheel gate, Hella 500 Fog and Driving lamps, much more to come...
The one I'll miss, (Mar-2009 to Jan-2014):
2000 Excursion XLT 4x4

6.8L V-10, 4R100, 4.30, 285/75-18, 271whp / 388wtq
The one I won't, (Jul-2005 to Sep-2012):
2005 F-350 XLT, CCLB, SRW, 4x4 FX4

6.0L PSD, ZF-6S650, 3.73, 35x12.5-18, 4.5" Lift

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Well, I've been using the new truck a bit. Runs good but the truck likes to stretch its legs a little too long in 3rd gear and I think I can do a little better than I'm doing on fuel mileage, getting about 16mpg right now.

The truck had a set of brand new tires from the dealer, but they were nothing special Chinese made M+S rated highway rib type 285/75-16. I decided that the Lariat wheels and new tires would look nice and maybe help sell the Excursion, and pulled the brushed aluminum XLT wheels and 285/75-16 Cooper A/T2s on the truck, kind of a cheat move to get a seasoned tire on to bump up the efficiency.

So the stock shift points suck. I couldn't help myself and I busted out my SCT SF/X3 and tossed a tow tune in the truck this morning. I'll bee stepping that up to a street tune tomorrow and then checking the fuel economy for the next week.

I know that for the 7.3 the mass consensus is that chips are superior to programmers, but I had the handheld laying around. I also have a couple SCT chips and cables with switches. Being that I've done a fair amount of tuning, I'll get around to doing my own and transition to a switch chip shortly.


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The Current Truck (Oct-2013 to Present):
1999 (Early) F-350 Lariat, CCLB, SRW, Black/Tan

7.3L Powerstroke, 4R100, 4x4, 3.73, 37x13.50-18s, '05 Axle Swap, 6" Fabtech lift, GTP38 "D66" turbo upgrade, SCT 4-position chip with custom tuning by me, Straight Piped 4" down pipe through 5" dual stacks, N-Fab full length triple steps, Pro-Tech cab guard and tool box, louvered 5th wheel gate, Hella 500 Fog and Driving lamps, much more to come...
The one I'll miss, (Mar-2009 to Jan-2014):
2000 Excursion XLT 4x4

6.8L V-10, 4R100, 4.30, 285/75-18, 271whp / 388wtq
The one I won't, (Jul-2005 to Sep-2012):
2005 F-350 XLT, CCLB, SRW, 4x4 FX4

6.0L PSD, ZF-6S650, 3.73, 35x12.5-18, 4.5" Lift
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Ok, had to go for a short drive last night. Decided to toss the street tune in and give it a try. What a difference. Runs about like my 6.0L did with a tow tune. There is a hint of smoke, just a small puff on takeoff, and I don't want any more than that for a variety of reasons. And typical of a tuned diesel, the engine sounds smoother, cleaner, coming up through the rpm range. Other improvements are throttle response relative to pedal input, it's more balanced overall. I also increased the shift firmness and it now shifts like it means it.

Still have the performance tune to try. I probably will. I'm not looking for power so much as a bump in efficiency. So whichever tune nets the best drivability and fuel economy will be in the truck for a while.



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1999 (Early) F-350 Lariat, CCLB, SRW, Black/Tan

7.3L Powerstroke, 4R100, 4x4, 3.73, 37x13.50-18s, '05 Axle Swap, 6" Fabtech lift, GTP38 "D66" turbo upgrade, SCT 4-position chip with custom tuning by me, Straight Piped 4" down pipe through 5" dual stacks, N-Fab full length triple steps, Pro-Tech cab guard and tool box, louvered 5th wheel gate, Hella 500 Fog and Driving lamps, much more to come...
The one I'll miss, (Mar-2009 to Jan-2014):
2000 Excursion XLT 4x4

6.8L V-10, 4R100, 4.30, 285/75-18, 271whp / 388wtq
The one I won't, (Jul-2005 to Sep-2012):
2005 F-350 XLT, CCLB, SRW, 4x4 FX4

6.0L PSD, ZF-6S650, 3.73, 35x12.5-18, 4.5" Lift
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Basic update:

Previous work truck was a company supplied 2012 GMC 1500 single cab short box 4.3 V6 Vortec with an auto and 3.31s. Cheap little truck, 9 months in the oil field and 25k and it was showing its age and not holding up to the usage too well. That truck consumed about 9.5-11 gallons of fuel per day depending on how busy things were.

So part of the reason I bought this truck was for the purpose of using it as my work vehicle. I'm reimbursed by the hour for it, so getting the right truck was key, I really wanted an '04.5-07 Ram with a 5.9, knowing I could manage respectable fuel consumption levels with only basic modifications. I knew that a 7.3 was an option if I couldn't find the Dodge but I had to find a truck that was still in good shape, so when this truck presented itself, I knew I was onto something.

So I've run the truck three days. Three afternoon tours and a day shift. So far it appears that this truck is capable of bettering the GMC in fuel usage by perhaps as much as 2 gallons per day!

I'm very pleased so far.

The Current Truck (Oct-2013 to Present):
1999 (Early) F-350 Lariat, CCLB, SRW, Black/Tan

7.3L Powerstroke, 4R100, 4x4, 3.73, 37x13.50-18s, '05 Axle Swap, 6" Fabtech lift, GTP38 "D66" turbo upgrade, SCT 4-position chip with custom tuning by me, Straight Piped 4" down pipe through 5" dual stacks, N-Fab full length triple steps, Pro-Tech cab guard and tool box, louvered 5th wheel gate, Hella 500 Fog and Driving lamps, much more to come...
The one I'll miss, (Mar-2009 to Jan-2014):
2000 Excursion XLT 4x4

6.8L V-10, 4R100, 4.30, 285/75-18, 271whp / 388wtq
The one I won't, (Jul-2005 to Sep-2012):
2005 F-350 XLT, CCLB, SRW, 4x4 FX4

6.0L PSD, ZF-6S650, 3.73, 35x12.5-18, 4.5" Lift
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