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Installing tuner Thursday. What do I need to know before then?

I was wondering when installing say minimax it says to leave the PDF on for a little. So do you guys do that or not? Also first time tuner installer and things to look forward to doing this what do I need to do this? Plan to install mini max, PDF delete/cat delete, S&B cold air intake... Any speciality tools?

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Install the tuner first to make sure there is no issues with the programmer loading. The exhaust and intake are both bolt-ons, theres no cutting, welding etc, just simple hand tools is all you need. I suggest spraying down the hanger with some lube though, it can be a little tricky to get out otherwise.



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I did the complete install on my truck in under 2 hrs and I was not in a hurry.

Basically what Nate (DSTRBD) said.

I removed the hangers on the exhaust when I was pulling stuff apart and then pulled the rubber grommets off and just reinstalled the hangers I needed and left the others off, gets them out of the way so you don't lose them if you need them later.

Use some straps to hold the DPF when you remove the bolts and gently lower it down, sorta heavy but you should be ok. If you have help that will be better.

When you loosen the bolt for the rear portion of the exhaust you will need a pry bar or you can put both feet around the muffler and just push it back, make sure not to push the furthest rear hangers out, they are fun to get back in. Be careful of sharp edges..

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Spray some PB blaster or other penetrating oil on all the bolts etc... I unbolted the hangers directly from the frame and brought everything down with the DPF/CAT. Then I was able to just pull the one hanger you need to transfer to the DPF/CAT delete pipe.

Also if you are doing it yourself ( as I did), take a ratchet strap and suspend it under the DPF/CAT by attaching it to the frame, therefore when the DPF/CAT is free it doesn't fall on you. That thing is heavy!!!

The outside downpipe bolt is a PITA, but be patient it will come out. There just isn't alot of room to ratchet.

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Also if you have air tools it will make the process much easier, I know it did for me.
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Nice video but skip the sensor part. You do not need the sensors.
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Also, per other reports. Disconnect the rear of the DPF from the existing exhaust before attacking the front. Makes it easier to remove from under the truck.

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Are the sensors needed w/the spartan?

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Are the sensors needed w/the spartan?
Yes. Spartan requires the sensors be installed. H&S doesn't require the sensors. Unsure about SCT.

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