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DP-Tuner; 1997 F250

A friend is thinking about ordering an F5 tuner. He already knows everyone that has one loves it, and the customer service is unbeatable...that's why he wants one over some other tuners...

His questions are:
What programs/tunes would you get?
How difficult is installation? He's pretty mechanicly inclined, and so am I.
How long would a stock clutch last under strongest programs?
(120/140/140agressive)

It's for a truck that's the identical twin to the one in my sig except without the SBC, but it's not my truck. He does tow on occasion (5-7K) with a gooseneck and bumper pull. All at lower altitudes. Diane, feel free to add you and/or Jody's opinions on this as well.
Thanks to all...

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With stock injectors, any tune over 80HP will not give you any more HP so dont waste $$$ on programs over that rating.
Here is something I just informed a member who needed help installing his chip.

Get a phillips screw driver, a regular screw dirver and a deep 13mm socket, 6 inch extention and ratchet, rubbing alcohol, and clear packing tape. Open the drivers door.
1. remove the door trim molding from the floor board to the dash. There are 2 phillips screws there.
2. Next, take the regular driver and pry up the plastic stud near the hood release.
3. Take the 13mm deep socket and remove the 3 nuts that secure the E-brake. I like to use a 6 inch extention for this.
4. Pull the E-brake off the studs and set it to the side. That will reveal the PCM.
5. Pull the black plug off the PCM and clean the contacts with rubbing alcohol and make sure you clean it well and dont leave any lint on it. Be careful not to use anything that will scratch the tin from the PCM connector.
6. Install the chip and use the clear packing tape to secure the chip to the PCM. Dont use duct tape or electrical tape. They dont last.
7. route switch cable to desired location.
8. Put everything back together and take it for a spin.
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With stock injectors, any tune over 80HP will not give you any more HP so dont waste $$$ on programs over that rating.
Here is something I just informed a member who needed help installing his chip.

Get a phillips screw driver, a regular screw dirver and a deep 13mm socket, 6 inch extention and ratchet, rubbing alcohol, and clear packing tape. Open the drivers door.
1. remove the door trim molding from the floor board to the dash. There are 2 phillips screws there.
2. Next, take the regular driver and pry up the plastic stud near the hood release.
3. Take the 13mm deep socket and remove the 3 nuts that secure the E-brake. I like to use a 6 inch extention for this.
4. Pull the E-brake off the studs and set it to the side. That will reveal the PCM.
5. Pull the black plug off the PCM and clean the contacts with rubbing alcohol and make sure you clean it well and dont leave any lint on it. Be careful not to use anything that will scratch the tin from the PCM connector.
6. Install the chip and use the clear packing tape to secure the chip to the PCM. Dont use duct tape or electrical tape. They dont last.
7. route switch cable to desired location.
8. Put everything back together and take it for a spin.
Am I correct in guessing that you don't have to remove the PCM to install? If so, I'm going to get one at the same time.

Can Jody re-write and add programs/tunes once injectors, HPOP and other mods are made? I'm guessing that re-writing is cheaper or free, but adding programs is at the standard price. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks a bunch, Matty.

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the PCM can remain installed. No need to remove it. Get what tunes you need now and get them redone if/when you get injectors, oil, etc....
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