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07 out of warranty, time for some changes
I really like my truck, but with the price of diesel lately, I started looking at new gassers. At $20k + difference in my truck for an equivalent gasser, I decided that I could buy a lot of upgrades and diesel instead. Besides, I really like the truck I have.
With this in mind, the first two years I had the truck, I lost 5 mph on two different test hills. One that I used empty, and one pulling my travel trailer. I also lost 1 to 1 1/2 mpg. I figured I had been re-flashed at some point, but my ecm code is VXCF4X3, So I don't think a re-flash is the culprit.
At any rate, here is what I would like to accomplish; I would like to get back my fuel economy and add some hp with out compromising the trucks inherit reliability...within reason. I understand once you leave stock, reliability could become an issue.
The truck is a daily driver. I use it for work some, and it is the family vacation mobile as we pull our travel trailer with it, and it has a whole lot more room than our Exploder in the back seat for the kids. So...I don't want to go crazy here. I want to start out economically and if that is a moot point, then to do things in stages. I also don't care for loud droning exhaust's either. A light rumble would be OK.
The reason I ask is, I have read so much on the 6.0 that my head is spinning. My 7.3s were easy. Intake, Magnaflow 4 inch exhaust, BTS valve body, a set of guages, and a flip chip and all was good. With the 6.0, I'm not so sure. One place I read that the egr delete is a must yet my dealer, even though they do them, says no. Just keep your coolant flushed and oil changed and you won't have any problems.
So, what's the consensus? I figured on a blue fuel pressure spring for sure, maybe a turbo or cat back exhaust, an sct x3 w/custom tunes, an edge cts for guages. Later on do the the egr delete and head studs at the same time. Or...should I do things in a different order?
any input would be appreciated.
thanks in advance,
Mike aka Lineman
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