Turbos = Witchcraft
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: West Bend, WI
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With a budget of about $2000, I hope you plan to do all the work yourself, because these things can get expensive. If your truck is bone stock, the first thing you should get is a monitor/gauges. Your options are Edge Insight CS or CTS (CS is cheaper but not touchscreen, big deal), scan gauge II, or dashdaq (which is expensive). You can use the iTSX, but I have heard there is some lag between real time parameters and what you see because it uses bluetooth. I prefer hardwires. If you get the insight, you will want to get the EAS expandable version and add and EGT probe and fuel pressure sensor. The other option is scan gauge II with separate EGT and Fuel Pressure gauges, this is probably least expensive.
Then add a coolant filter and, if your engine is healthy, switch to EC-1 coolant and you'r good to go. If its not healthy (i.e. EOT vs ECT delta larger than 15*) then you need to rebuild the oil cooler and delete or egr at that time.
If you want to get an exhaust, the larger downpipe will reduce back pressure and lower EGTs. A trubo back 4 or 5 inch will be under $500 usually. The final step after you are sure the engine is healthy is to tune it. An SCT X3 or SF3 with custom tunes is the way to go.
My last piece of advise is to read read read as much as you can and learn about the engine, so that you can recognize potential issues and make informed decisions.