Originally Posted by BroncoHauler
Casey, I hate to say this, but it may be time to consider an alternate Tune provider. A lack of support has you contemplating work-arounds that may jeopardize your engine IMO.
I imagine that you have a fair amount of money invested in your Hydra setup, but maybe you could find another vendor that could install their tune on the chip that you already own?
Yeah, I had considered this. It is unfortunate though, because I donít have mods (like injectors and/or valvebody) that should require a custom tune. Hydraís website says that if they donít have tunes for your vehicle that they will write custom ones. Being able to plug and play to a certain extent is part of the product offering. My 7.3 is low mileage (just rolled over 90k), which was the major selling point when I bought my van in the first place. I certainly donít want to jeopardize the best thing I got. 😊
Originally Posted by REF
The fact that they havenít responded is unfortunate, but it might be that they were forced to shut down due to Covid? I would try to reach out to one of their vendors listed, they might be able to help you out. I purchased mine from John Wood and one of his transmission installers loaded up the tunes. You also might have better luck with the lower hp tunes, 80 is pretty aggressive for stock gear, but youíre also seeing the issue with the 60 tune, so....?
I guess you might be right about the Covid thing...though Iíve been trying to get this thing sorted out with them since the first week of November...maybe they just completely shut down for the holidays...?
I bought my chip from Clay at RiffRaff diesel. Heís been VERY helpful getting me the parts I need for the van, which as everybody knows is NOT a truck. 😊 I guess Iím almost at the point where I should get him involved, though I think his advice will be to just install a ďboost foolerĒ, which he sells, and be done with it.
The truck guys seem to be very unafraid of deleting and tricking components to gain power. Iím trying really hard to look at that fact in a ls non-judgemental a way as possible. I know a lot of these guys in the forums are up in Canada doing pipeline work making GOBS of money, so their trucks are probably a bit more disposable to them than the average Sportsmobile ownerís rig. That said, my rig is an ex plumbing van, but itís not at all disposable to me.
I come from a gasoline automotive background so the idea of adding boost without more fuel is very ďwrongĒ to me, but I read in one of the forums that the 7.3 PCM is adding all the fuel it can at like 20psi, well before the 24psi limit (or wherever it is that it defuels and sets the CEL), and that adding a little more boost beyond that doesnít lean things out the same way it would in a gasoline engine. Iím trying to wrap my brain around that so that I can understand if itís logical or just Tomfoolery. Iím still currently at a loss. 😊
To your point about the +80DD being aggressive, after running it I hesitate to go back down to the +60DD. The difference cruising down the freeway at 70mph is really what itís all about, so far as Iím concerned. I felt like I was killing this thing at 70 before, with my foot basically on the floor. Now it cruises, foot barely tipped into the throttle, and while I havenít been able to really verify the mileage yet, I assume itís probably better. That was what I meant when I said have my cake and eat it too. Iíll keep you all posted if I ever get a hold of PHP.