It is time to get head studs and a minor buildup on my 2006 F350 CCSB.
This truck's primary use is daily driving, around 5300ft MSL, always loaded with ~300 lbs of recovery gear and survival essentials, and ~400 lbs of front bumper/winch. Secondary uses are weekend trips in the mountains for (no trailer) camping, and occasional towing 10-12K lbs with the factory receiver. It has 3.73 axles and 35x12.5-18 tires on stock XLT rims.
My objectives for the buildup are: maximum reliability and longevity first, and a little more power (~400 bhp) second. I want little or no smoke, and reasonable EGTs while towing.
Just to be clear, I have no interest in power above 400-425 bhp on this rig. So this is not just the first step in an incremental build up to 600+ bhp.
AFE Stage 2 intake system (filter, tube, elbow)
4" turbo-back w/ aftermarket cat (looks like Magnaflow), dual tails
OEM metal CAC cold tube
Current OEM HPO and turbo oil updates
Edge CTS w/ pyro probe
Upgrades I'm considering for the buildup:
BPD EGR cooler & EDE sneaky pipe
BPD oil cooler w/ OEM filter, cold weather kit
BPD FICM, 6-phase
CCV kit (to keep oil out of the intake)
SCT SF3/X3 & custom tunes
Banks Techni-Cooler #25975
EGR will be disabled by EDE sneaky pipe and blockoff plate, to maintain OEM appearance and possibility to restore EGR function, if necessary.
I'm not sure about the GT3788VA turbo. I want to run stock injectors, if reasonable, considering my power objective. To me, the whole point of a turbo upgrade is performance improvement with the least impact on overall reliability and longevity. But I've heard that that turbo may not be well suited to stock injectors at my altitude (5300ft MSL at home, up to 12K on mountain trips).
Any input from experience with the GT3788VA at high altitude would be appreciated. Maybe I'd be better off keeping the stock turbo?
Thanks for any and all suggestions and advice.