Thanks very much for your post, that's very kind of you, and please forgive me if I came off a bit "brusk," perhaps. Please don't give it a thought, you & I are fine and of course I'm happy to help you any way I can - it's a privilege.
You've been a gentleman here, doing your research, asking good questions in getting prepared for your modifications, etc., and you have also been trying to help other members here as well - which is what F-150 Online is all about - the exchange of relevant information. I think it's obvious your efforts here are well-intentioned, & you seem to be enjoying the site and participating here on F-150 Online just as we hope people will - excellent!
You make a valid point I'd like to touch on, which is, I think it's human nature (especially here in America) to have a certain amount of skepticism when dealing with someone promoting a certain product - unfortunately, the natural assumption is the vendor may be willing to say whatever they think will hopefully result in making a sale no matter what - you're absolutely right, that happens far too often. In fact, I think it's become virtually ingrained in our society, especially with the advent of the web portion of the Internet, it seems to get stuffed down our throats. Perhaps even most companies operate that way these days, but we don't, believe it or not.
Don't get me wrong, we're not angels, and of course we're trying to sell products and make some kind of profit - you bet! Otherwise, we can't support this web site financially as we have for 5+ years, and eventually we'd go out of business if we didn't sell anything, and then we couldn't help anyone - that scenario serves nobody. But I think we can fairly and honestly say that we do make every reasonable effort we can to actually *know* the various products and have heavy in-depth & hands-on experience with them, testing as much as we possibly can, etc., so that we *know* just which products are really doing the best job, and hopefully even the *why* behind it - actually, this is critical to us, as that is how we decide which products we carry.
We don't carry 15 different types of intake kits, or every different chipmaker, or every different exhaust, or pulley or what have you etc., as we feel that actually serves *nobody*. I know, that sounds strange........what *does* serve people the best, at least we feel, is for us to do the testing, both formal and informal, that is required to determine which parts and/or manufacturers are doing the best job for a given application at hand, whether that means it mas the most power, or gives the best ride, or the best improvement in ET or towing, etc., etc. - and then *that* is what we carry. Even at that, we have to specialize in vehicle platforms, which is why we basically do only America trucks & SUV's (with the occasional Mustang, Camaro or Corvette or T'bird thrown in), with heavy emphasis on these FoMoCo Trucks & SUV's - no matter who you are, you can only be really good at so many things, or on so many platforms, etc.
What we try to do is carry 2 basic "types" of products - the very best regardless of cost, and then also whatever is the best bang for the buck solution - sometimes that is the same product, and sometimes it's completely different. So our approach is perhaps a bit different than what many people may be used to, thus we have to remind ourselves from time to time that it's natural for some people to perhaps not understand us fully or to have doubts, or maybe even question the objectivity, etc. when dealing with a vendor - it's all part of the process these days, I suppose!
Actually, your situation with that previous-generation Tuner you got originally had (and still does, truth be told) me slightly miffed *for* you, as I don't like what you were told about availability on the new 1715 and the fact that you didn't get what you actually ordered - as we discussed before - and of course by now, that really doesn't matter anymore as your vendor worked with you to provide you with a solution that made you happy - and that's all that really matters!
Thanks for your posts (this last one in particular, that was *very* gracious of you), and for your participation here!
Best of luck with your truck hoseclamp, & talk to you soon!