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A View of Mods and Warranty

What do you think of this article I found in Speed:Sport:Life?

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Seems like a common sense and properly written article to me.
 
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Some get it. Some will never get it.

Nice little blurb.
 
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Excellent article. I was expecting the opposite view, since it comes from a company that makes its living off modified vehicles.

I agree with him that many people are misinformed about the Magnuson act. But mostly people know, and they just lie their asses off to save themselves money. Somehow they think "Big Detroit" owes them something.
 
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:16 PM
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Very well written.

Sad that some owners are, umm, logically challenged enough to have to be told this, but I guess it is what it is.
 
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Excellent article written so everyone can understand.

Not only do power-adders void the warranty, they shorten the service life of the engine and drivetrain.

My 6.7 has plenty of power in bone stock configuration and it will remain in bone stock configuration while I own it.

Thanks for sharing that article, Mark!
 
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Reps to Mark for posting this

Besides the obvious warranty-related info, it should be said that modifications also effect your emissions, and and can cause you to fail state emissions tests.
 
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Very informative and very well written article. Thanks for sharing. My extended warranty from Ford is the reason I've held back on mods for my truck.
 
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Nice article, good reading
 
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So you're saying if it weren't for the stupid California warranty requirements, they would build better connecting rods and stop de-tuning all the motors?

Nice article. What it fails to mention is the large number of folks who just run down to the local store and pick up some big name brand, off the shelf plug and play tuner without having any concept of the cautions, risks, or dangers of modifying a vehicle.
 
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I don't think that is a fair assessment, Chris. We could say that if it weren't for stupid owners who would tow with a racing tune, then Ford could tune for better street performance. Or we could say that if owners were willing to change tunes constantly then Ford could provide tuning for various requirements. The reality is that Ford has to tune to be safe in all conceivable situations. They can't assume that only gearheads are going to be driving their products. Grandmas and 16 year old kids will be. Some would say they pushed the envelope a bit too far with the 6.0. I know I would.

I know you know that, so I assume you were joking.
 
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Thanks Mark for linking this article. IMO, it's spot on. That's why, other than my coolant filter and upgraded exhaust, I held off on any performance upgrades until my warranty expired.
 
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In the linked article, Mr. Crider is saying EXACTLY what I've been preaching for years.
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I have read on here and other forums what somebody has done this or that, and the next thing you know, the motor is junk, or some other component is fried. Then they complain when Ford won't warranty it. It should be common sense that when you change something on your vehicle that it will void the manufacturers warranty. I'm surprised they need a law stating something that is so common sense.

Chris, I see your point about the off the shelf chips and programmers, but I think all of the common ones state in their material that the use of their product can void the manufacturers warranty. (I wish my 02 had the forged rods like my 97 does!)
 
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Chris, I see your point about the off the shelf chips and programmers, but I think all of the common ones state in their material that the use of their product can void the manufacturers warranty.
I see a lot of the exact opposite. A/M manufacturers often have an FAQ where they respond to the question about warranties. The A/M company loves to roll out the M-M act as proof that their product cannot void the warranty. Obviously they want to put the buyers mind at ease and sell their product. Very dishonest IMO.

What they do warn about is "offroad use only". That's to avoid problems with emission or safety violations. Equally dishonest, but at least the buyer knows what he/she is doing.
 

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