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Q: What's the difference between the F250 & F350 Superduty?
A:  The F250 has 2" riser blocks under the rear springs and the F350 has 4" blocks.  This causes the rear of the F350 to sit higher and sit higher when heavily loaded.  Because of these blocks and the sticker on the inside of the drivers door, the F350 can legally haul an extra 1000 pounds.  
Q: What's the most important aftermarket product for my Powerstroke?
A:  Without a doubt, an EGT (exhaust gas temperature) gauge.  This gauge, also known as a Pyrometer, measures the temperature of the exhaust in the left engine manifold before it gets to the turbo.  The tips of the turbo blades begin to glow at 1275 degrees Fahrenheit.  You can destroy your turbo and your engine by exceeding this temperature.  With the right conditions (load weight, climbing grade,  outside temperature, altitude and speed), you can exceed 1275 degrees with your stock truck.  You can easily exceed 1275 degrees with aftermarket accessories such as programmers and performance chips.  This is not as much of a concern if you don't tow heavy loads, don't modify your truck and aren't a leadfoot. 
Q: Is it OK to leave my block heater plugged in all night?
A: You can leave it plugged in all night but it will run up your electric bill and may not last as long as it would if used only when needed.  The block heater draws 1500 watts, which is a lot.  If you plug it in every night it should cost around $25 a month.  The best option is to buy a timer from Wal-Mart or Home Depot and set it to come on about 3 hours before you plan on starting your engine.  I got one rated at 1875 watts at Wal-Mart for just under $10.  Your engine will reach the maximum temperature that the heater can accomplish in 3 hours.  Anything more is a waste of electricity.