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Old 04-23-2010, 11:39 AM   #15
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Hi folks, congrats on the new beast. I have several in the fleet at work and they are GTG
if you make the trip to the black rock desert later this year, it's a good idea to have a spare engine air filter to install as soon as possible on the way out.
Mine was almost plugged and we were blowing smoke and getting low MPG until it was changed.
The regenerative particulate filters for the exhaust are post 2007 so don't sweat that.
Best advice for mileage is use synthetic oil SJ rated Rotella or Mobil 1 diesel or others that are equal. a ECM tuner or chip "can" boost mileage if you drive conservetivly
If turbo equipped a little cool down before shutoff is good practice, also a short warmup in cold weather (like any engine).
I would change any and all fluids with the miles that are on it esp the rear end, trans, power steering, use synthetic if possible, expensive but worth it IMHO. If the radiator fluid hasen't been changed recently it is due
Keep the running gear lubricated, tie rods, ball joints, idlers etc
Inspect the brakes and spare tire.
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"Gimmie fourty acres and i'll turn this rig around" You'll get used to it!
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Old 04-23-2010, 11:46 AM   #16
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congrats on da new monster truck, looks like a keeper...

there is no DPF on the 7.3

this engine is PRE the newer emissions standards (ALL of them)

it is also PRE the ultra low sulfur fuel

and it's loud because the COMPRESSION for diesels is higher,

so the EXPLOSION of fuel/air under pressure is greater...

that's the basis and basic of diesel combustion (no spark plugs)
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keep the filters and lubricants UP to date and give the turbo 1-2 minutes of IDLE time to cool down...

after hard driving.

don't let it idle very long ANYTIME.

1-2 minutes at start up MAX (in cold weather) and just get going...
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there are chips, exhaust enhancements, air box tweaks, gear mods and 1000s of aftermarkets doo dads for this truck.

but the best place 4 CYBER advice is on one of the many forums dedicated to this vehicle....

i like the YAHOO powerstroke group for reliable advice from a ford MASTER level mechanic...

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PowerStroke/

but there are a dozen popular powerstroke forums out there.

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Old 04-23-2010, 12:05 PM   #17
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Alright! Glad you made the deal and moved into to a diesel to boot.
There are so many things you can do to enhance these powerstroke's like 2air has mentioned, but you may just want to enjoy it in its stock form for now.
My older 97 is tweaked a bit and there is a noticeable difference from stock.
It's been doing the job effortlessly for 13 years with the additions and my transmission is doing fine even though it is the weakest link in the drivetrain.
Get some updated photos with an Airstream attached OK?
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...you may just want to enjoy it in its stock form for now...
i agree, just drive it (tow with it) awhile and get familiar with the beast in it's natural state.

MOST of the useful enhancements will end up costing 500-1000$ for EACH system.

for example a chip is only 2-400$ but really needs a set of gauges so there's another 3-400$...

and none of the tweaks add to the resale value IF it this turns out not 2b a keeper.
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buy some detailing supplies and CLEAN and SHINE that sucker, inside and out and UNDER...

the hours spent doing this will get u VERY familiar with it and it will look PRETTY when done.

cleannpretty=faster, smoother and happy truck
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the guy who runs the yahoo group has his own webpage

with ALL the important tips/issues and info on this tractor engine (yes it's an international harvester)

dieselmann's Page

lots to read there and digest and FREE...

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Old 04-28-2010, 02:49 AM   #19
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Alright! Glad you made the deal and moved into to a diesel to boot.

Get some updated photos with an Airstream attached OK?
Well, we thought why not go for a drive with the new truck? So we did . . . to Yosemite!

It drove great and handled the passes well.

Thanks for everyone's advice about driving our new to us truck, the information was very helpful.

So how do we boost mileage? Based on our calculations, we averaged 10.6 miles per gallon, and that was without water in our tanks and a golf cart in the back of the bed. We did however drive over the speed limit and although we did drive through passes (highway 140), it seemed the change in elevation was gradual instead of ascending up very steep grades.

Thanks again!
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:08 AM   #20
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congrats, powerfull engine, here are some blogs sites, jeff
powerstrokehelp.com
powerstroke.org/forums
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:49 AM   #21
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Jeff, thanks for the links.
Gemma, a free thing you can do to increase mpg's is to tell Murray to take his foot out of it!
I'm thinking that your rig probably has the factory gearing of 3.73 being an XL model.
One would think that the taller gearing would equate to better mpg's but it's not true.
We've got two 97 powerstroke pickups, one is an extra cab 2WD automatic with 3.73 gearing
and the other is the crewcab 4WD automatic with 4.10 gearing.
Driving the same route at the same speed the 2WD averaged 15 mpg. at 65 mph empty while the 4WD did 17mpg.
This record was done prior to us making mods to the crewcab. We haven't seen an increase in mpg. but will leave the 2WD in the dust on acceleration.
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:50 AM   #22
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I have 3.55 gears in my 96 Powerstroke. I average about 21 mpg at 70 mph with my campertop and load of camping gear not towing, and the last 4000-mile trip I took, I averaged 14.7 mpg at 55 mph highway speed pulling my 6000-pound trailer.

I have no chip. I have improved the exhaust system by removing the restrictive "cobrahead" downpipe which was put on the first models of Powerstrokes, and replaced it with a free-flowing round version. My old gal has been quite economical from the first day I got her some 14 years ago.
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...So how do we boost mileage?...
go camping more often!
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asking about wayz to boost mpg is an open invite to a liars and braggers convention.

"my dogz smarter than yer dog"

mpg is largely tied to PUSHING a HOLE in the AIR...

drive faster mpg goes down, drive slower it goes up.

NOW that you've got BOOST it's important to learn when/how to use it.

with the turbo is spinning MORE fuel is being combusted.

accelerate more gently, find a speed u like, keep the tires INFLATED and the filters/fluids fresh.

there is NO magic mileage booster, but basic maintenance matters.

some of us get a tad better mpg (or other imagined value) by using a diesel fuel cetane/lubricant additive.

there are LONG threads on this and all the snake oil options.
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a tonneau cover over the bed might help a tad,

and hauling an UNcovered golf cart may hurt some...
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on the PLUS side, carrying FULL tanks of water will have virtually NO impact on mpg (except in heavy stop/go traffic)

200-400 lbs of water?

think of it a 1 or 2 more people or really smart dogs in the back seat...

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