Ok, spend my money...
Well, kinda/sorta... I'm somewhat at a standstill.
Right now, the 05 CC FX4 is doing fine, minus some long starts and needing a 4" lift. So what are the steps to take in the correct order, or is there a correct order?
What I've got so far... 4" TBE (and 4" downpipe), no cat, S&B CAI, studded with Black Onyx gaskets, Sinister EGR delete, SCT TSX with Eric's tunes (X-street, street, tow), pyro for the TSX, and currently sitting on 35/12.5/20 Mud terrains with a spacer lift and factory 3.73s.
Mods in mind are: AirDog II, turbo upgrade (not sure on model), intercooler upgrade (Banks?), injectors from IDP (50hp tow), 4.10 gearing, possibly the GoGo intake (for even airflow and it's ported), FICM tuning, coolant filter, and maybe an upgraded oil filtration system.
My goal is around 500+ hp while still remaining reliable enough for use as a work truck and making round trips to work (400+ miles, one way). I'm not a drag racer, but I enjoy having the extra power for sure. I don't mind spending the money as long as I get a good, reliable return. The truck will spend it's life with me on 35-36" tires and a mild lift. I don't tow much on the upside of 8K, but it's a possibility. Usual trailer weight is 4-6K on an open trailer. Does the engine/transmission require anything internally to make this kind of power and live a good life? It's my first diesel that I've owned and been able to work on, everything else was company owned work trucks. I'll be doing all the wrench time and I have several spare vehicles if something takes more than a day or two, so turnaround isn't a high priority.
Last question, the tunes from Eric haven't given me any trouble and I can't thank him enough for such a great product. Even cured a chug/stutter problem I had on long hills @ 73-75 MPH, but I need to do the STC and dummy plugs in the next month or so, just to be safe. My local dealership isn't quite up to speed on some things, so price on parts and actual Ford part numbers would be appreciated, instructions would be even better. Hey, it's my first Powerstroke, but it's not my first engine. I'd love to have time to research all this, but I'm out in the gulf getting oil outta the ground to make Shell V-power and Rotella.
BTW, we have an awesome lubricants guide (confidential issue) that lists all the properties of Shell oils. If anyone has questions about something, I'd be glad to look it up.
Thanks for the help.