Chip for my 2001 7.3L Powerstroke Diesel Excursion

 

I am in the process of trying to decide what chip to buy. I thought I had my mind made up to get a Tony Wildman chip. However, due to my nature, I just couldn’t leave well enough alone, and have spend a considerable amount of time researching both products. After all, I’ll be spending $400+ for the chip and custom tunes, and want to make sure I get the best product, for the least amount of money I can while still meeting my wants/goals.

As previously mentioned, I’ve been spending a LOT of time reading reviews on both FordPowerstroke.org & theDieselStop.com, trying to educate myself on the best chip for my truck (Ford Excursion 7.3L PSD), that will perform better than a “canned” tune. This has created quite a quandary for me because it would appear that both are excellent, so I think I’ll let the $$ be the deciding factor — or at least help me decide.

Ask anyone on the street and they will more than likely tell you to get an Edge chip/tuner. In my research I have not found that the edge products are poor performing chips, but that they are “canned” tunes. Meaning they are not customized at all for your vehicle. If you are stock this is more than likely fine, but if you are not, you are a lot better off going with a custom tuned chip. I am not necessarily not stock, but I also don’t want a canned tune. I believe I my truck will achieve more power, and get better gas mileage with a custom tune. All the information I have read supports my conclusion. If cost is a factor, don’t let it be because they cost about the same, if not less.

So at this point, I’m trying to decide between the DP-Tuner and the Tony Wildman chip.

Both are “custom” tuned chips, both are said to be pretty equal in performance and customer service, so the deciding factor has come down to price, and what I get with it.

I am only interested in 4 tunes.

  1. Economy
  2. Light Tow
  3. Heavy Tow
  4. Hi-Idle

I am too old and have lost too much testosterone to even consider any of the high HP tunes, I just don’t need or want them. Besides my goal is longevity from my engine, and better MPG, if that’s possible — I think it is.

With all things being equal as far as performance and customer service, here are my findings:

Tony Wildman:

Chip

  • Toggle switch
  • 6 Position Chip

Tunes

  • Economy
  • Light Tow
  • Heavy Tow
  • Hi-Idle

Price: $425.00 + Shipping — If I add stock it’s an additional $25 ($450 + shipping).

DP-Tuner:

Chip

  • DP F5 Remote Switcher
  • DP Remote Switcher mount
  • DP Chip

Tunes

  • No-Start (no additional cost)
  • Stock (no additional cost)
  • Econo 80
  • 60 HP Tow (high altitude – 9k – 13k)
  • 80 HP Tow (high altitude – 5k – 9k)
  • Hi-Idle (1200)

Price: $414.90 + Shipping

So in all honesty, unless there is something I don’t know, the DP-Tuner is the best bang for the buck. I’m still a little on the fence though, because I really had my heart set on the Tony Wildman setup. I’m still trying to decide at this point, and I’ve got a thread running over on Powerstroke.org (click that link to see it) that is getting a lot of comments and some opinions that will hopefully help get me off the fence. Guess we’ll see.

I’ll post something up after I make my final decision, and of course some follow up thoughts on how it works after I get the chip.

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2 Responses to Chip for my 2001 7.3L Powerstroke Diesel Excursion

  1. George says:

    I just read your posting and I’m curious as to which tune you actually bought. I also am curious as to the results you’ve gotten from your purchase. Why? My chip in our 2001 Excursion 7.3l recently died. We want to replace it with one of the ones you had under consideration and wanted your input.

  2. MXGuy says:

    I bought the DP-Tuner. I just couldn’t pass up the free tunes (no-start and stock). I also really liked the 16 position switch.

    So far it’s been a great chip. I haven’t gotten great gas mileage with it, but that’s more about me not keeping my foot out of the injectors.

    You can see what I bought exactly in this post –> http://www.mxguy.com/ford-excursion/dp-tuner-for-my-2001-excursion-73l-powerstroke-diesel_02-06-2008/

    I’ve gotten as high as 19mpg on a trip, so I’m pretty pleased with it.

    MXGuy

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