4 The ATS Aurora 3000 kit comes with a new Y-pipe replacement intake manifold. It bolts directly in place of the factory Y-pipe and connects to the new turbo pedestal.
The new Aurora 3000 and Y-pipe allow for lower exhaust gas temperature, therefore minimizing heat damage to other vehicle parts.
5 Once the old turbocharger is removed and the new Y-pipe and turbo pedestal are on, you can install the Aurora 3000. This job is fairly time-consuming. The install is pretty straightforward, but the turbo is hard to access and lots of patience will be needed.
6 As per ATS’s recommendation, we complemented our Aurora 3000 turbo with an E-Power tuner. The E-Power is a flash module that plugs into the OBD II port on the truck and allows you to change a number of parameters.
You can choose from stock, two towing modes, and an extreme power level that will give an extra 170 horsepower. You can also change transmission shifts and axle-gear ratios. This not only allowed us to enhance our truck’s power, but also modify the vehicle computer’s interaction with the geartrain.
7 The E-Power tuner is a tool to be kept in the glove box at all times. Not only does it allow you to custom tune some engine and transmission parameters, it also doubles as a DTC (diagnostic trouble code) reader.
8 With the new Aurora 3000 turbocharger mounted to our 6.0L, we felt confident enough to try towing our fullsize Cherokee project to Vegas for the SEMA show. This may not seem like a big deal to a Dodge or Chevy owner, but to owners of pesky 6.0L Powerstrokes like us, this was a feat. This is the first time in years that we’ve felt confident enough to tow with this truck (it’s characteristically been the one on the trailer).
We’ve been running this turbo-and-tuner package for about eight months now with no problems to date. In fact, this is probably the longest stretch of time that the truck has continuously run.
We keep our truck set to the higher towing mode with the E-Power tuner, and the increase in power over stock has definitely made our Super Duty more enjoyable to drive.
Our fuel economy increase is negligible. We see a little better fuel economy when on longer trips, but around town the change is not noticeable.
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