| | Truck decision is made AND question about diesel programmer
Decided to try to kill two birds with one stone here and save some space on the forum.
A few months ago I asked some questions about the new diesel trucks and made the decision to go with Dodge. Well, that didn't happen. Our Ram 3500 utility truck broke a front sway bar (I think) so we took it in to the dealership to have it repaired/replaced. I'm still not sure what the issue was, but to make a long story short, they decided to not honor the warranty. Seems like a small price to pay for a sale of a 50k+ truck IMO. Needless to say, Dodge lost our business and we won't be buying another one for the fleet. After bad experience with GM trucks, Ford is the way to go. Ordering a new F350, SRW crewcab 4x4 with an 8' utility body. We ran the numbers and based on our milage, towing factors, and availibility of other trucks in the fleet, we will be going with the 6.2 gas engine. Most of our towing loads are under 10,000 pounds and for the heavy stuff, we have more than a few 1 ton plus diesels that can be used. I'm pretty excited about this one. It should be a solid truck.
I recently installed a Hypertech programmer in our 2008 E350 van (6.0L Powerstroke). I wanted to have some fun with it so I took her straight up to stage 3. The truck ended up losing about 2mpg and on cold days, the transmission will not shift until 4k rpm. I will be dropping it down to stage 1 or 2 as soon as I have an a chance which I am assuming will solve the issue but my question is in regard to the stage three (or whatever have you) on diesel trucks. Is it an issue not having an aftermarket exhaust or air intake while running a higher level such as this? My assumption was that the engine cannot beath properly with the high tune and thus is costing us those extra MPG. As soon as my schedule dies down a bit I am going to design and custom fabricate an exhaust system for the van application but will doing this help at all when running stage 3 on the programmer?
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