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Did you just start a thread talking about starting a thread? Lol
It all kinda depends on your goals...how much power you are after, and how you use the truck. If you need to tow a lot that'll limit how big injectors and how big the nozzles can be. Also budget is a huge factor. What are you using to monitor everything? Oil temp, coolant tenp, egt, and all? Ficm tuning helps a lot, I have the one from php. For me, they all seem to make it faster, but atlas 80 and Hercules are really smokey and hot. I normally then the atlas 40 or 80. I spoke with Jesse warren and he recommended I go with 175/30, which is what I was kinda leaning towards if I went bigger at all
I'm still on stock turbo for a little longer, but as it it moves right along pretty good...or of did until the trans went out lol. Its hot. I can hit 1800 degrees but that's on Hercules ficm tune and Looney wild, which I'll no longer be using.
.have Matt's srl Xx waiting for when the trans comes back from Andy warren. That's my combo for reference sake...I mostly use mine for daily driving to and from work about 45 miles each way, and towing my mud truck once or twice a month during the summer. Jesse assured me towing 10-12k lbs occasionally wouldn't be an egt issue with 175/30's, which it hasn't been, and it really is fun to drive when it had a working transmission...the fastest thing on the road, no...but plenty fun enough to get in trouble with. As soon as Adrian gets the madmax dialed in, that's what will be paired with it. Not to ramble on about my truck, but just for reference sake.
If by air intake you mean like a cold air intake, that money would probably net you more noticeable gains if applied towards a ported intake manifold...but I have a s&b intake, easier to change than the factory filter and probably does help some, even on 'mild' trucks. Some say the factory intake is good to 500+ HP, which may be true, but I've also seen a cai help less than 500 rwhp trucks too. A lot of it decides how far you plan to go performance wise...what your goals are. Water method is a decent bang for the buck. High on my list as soon as my trans is back. If you only plan to be around 500 HP or so your stock trans should do OK for a while if its been maintained well, and if tuning is spot on...but if you plan on running it hard at that level, or going much higher I'd pretty much say plan on a trans eventually. Good luck, I'm sure lots of others will chime in, just figured I'd share my setup and some reasoning behind my choices in case some of that pertains to you.
2005 F-250 Harley Davidson Edition
Warren 205/75 Injectors
KC Turbo 71mm VGT
Twisted Diesel Level 3 Transmission/PI Converter
AFE Intercooler/Flexalite Fans/Mishimoto Radiator
Icon 4 Link, 37" Nitto's
SSBC 6 piston calipers
Yukon 4.30's, Detroit Locker
Machining the 6.0: