Hi 2001 F-150 Sport,
The only way your mileage is going to drop from using the Superchip is if you either drive your vehicle harder than you normally do when you install the Superchip, or if you use a poor quality premium fuel compared to the quality of regular fuel currently being used. And to be sure, it can be quite natural to drive the vehicle a bit harder when you install any performance part, just to see how the vehicle responds to that part, very natural indeed. Once your drivng returns to a more normal pace, it's mostly a matter of energy content of the fuel being burned that affects mileage, either positively or negatively.
Most people who actually track their mileage results in accurate direct apples-to-apples comparisons, all else being equal, actually see a small improvement in gas mileage from the Superchip, and this is merely a by-product of the increased spark advance that is used on part-throttle on the Superchip's performance program. Your mileage results are going to depend on 2 primary factors: how you drive your vehicle, and the energy content of the gasoline being used.
There is no long-term detrimental effect on your engine from using the Superchip whatsoever.
In fact, increasing your engine's peak power output will *not* automatically cause increased wear; that will only happen in a very poorly engineered engine, of which there are darn few on the market today, and certainly not in any Fords.
The truth of the matter is, what matters far more than an engine's potential peak power output when pushed to the limit, is how the vehicle is actually operated and maintained. And most people who do modifications tend to take very good care of their vehicles. Not all, but most, in our experience over the years.
We have Superchip owners who have 100,000 miles, 150,000 miles, and in fact over 300,000 miles on their vehicles with the Superchip. There is no tendency towards or direct ill effects on the engine from using the Superchip either short-term or long-term, and it will not reduce the service life of any component in your powertrain.
These vehicles are no so fragile that a 10%-12% increase in potential peak power output when pushed to the limit is going to affect the service life of any component in the real world. These vehicles have a substantial amount of over-engineering in them, they have to, or they would never hold up under the uses that many truck owners subject their vehicles to, either bone-stock or modified.
You will only shorten the lifespan of your powertrain if you *abuse* the vehicle, you will not shorten it's lifespan doing things like the Superchip, a good airbox elimination kit and a good cat-back exhaust, which are the top 3 best "bang-for-the-buck" mods you can do to these vehicles. Doing all 3 will not shorten the service life of your drivetrain. Again, that is only going to happen with *abuse*, not with well-designed products such as the Superchip, or an Airaid kit, or a Gibson cat-back exhaust, for example.
What we have found over the years is that most engines can withstand power gains of as much as 35%-50% with no ill effects as long as they are tuned properly and not abused by the owner, and not extending the rev limiter well beyond the design limitations of the powertrain, and/or driving it like you hate it.
Ultimately, each individual vehicle owner has to feel comfortable with what they're doing to their vehicle, these are expensive vehicles, certainly! We want everyone to be comfortable with what they're doing to their vehicle.
We have run Superchips in every single one of our vehicles for the better part of 10 years now, with no ill effects, ever. In fact, we rarely even get our brand new vehicles off the dealership's lot before installing the Superchip, but of course, that's because of who we are and the fact that we want the best possible performance & driveability in each of our vehicles from Day 1.
To answer your question about what happens to emissions output after installing the Superchip, if there is any change at allm, your emissions will actually drop, they will not go up. As long as your vehicle will pass emissions without the Superchip, it will pass with the Superchip, and in fact, the Superchip is 50-state emissions *certified*, so you are not going to have a problem with the Superchip causing any increase in emissions above allowable levels. This is actually a frequently-asked question, people like to know just how good a job today's vehicles are doing of staying under allowable emissions, and the answer is, most of today's vehicle are already substantially under most limits set for each model year.
If you would like to go over this in detail, please feel free to give us a call, and we'll be happy to go over any questions and/or concerns you may have, so you can give it some thought.
Best of luck with your new truck,
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