My build....stock fuel
Here is a quick write-up for anyone considering similar modifications. After discovering I had a failing head gasket a few months ago, I knew the cab had to come off so I started looking into everything I wanted to do while I was already in there. I spent a couple of months researching this (spending hours reading forums and talking with people in the know) and I thought the following mods would be the best for my goals and budget. My truck is a DD which I occasionally use for work related towing. My goals were reliability, streetability (quick spool up and minimal smoke), additional safe horsepower on a reasonable budget. I would have preferred to wait a little longer to see how some of these setups worked since I can't find many definite tested numbers or direct comparisons for most of the mods I am doing, but I needed to get my truck back up and ready to tow for a busy construction season. I don't know anyone currently running my exact setup but would love to hear from anyone who is. Hopefully this will help some of you considering similar upgrades. I don't plan on doing anything on the fuel side unless something breaks due to the added expenses (I considered about all of the different injectors and the additional necessary mods), the need for a wastegate, the higher EGTs, and more smoke. I considered a valvetrain upgrade but ultimately decided against it (see my “Valve Springs” thread for details). All of my mods were geared towards better airflow. My latest mods are a Go Go Diesel intake manifold, Elites 71-mm Tow Power Atmo charger, a non-ported 6.0 exhaust manifold, and Elite's up pipes along with OEM HGs and ARP2000 head studs (see my signature for all of my upgrades). The work on it is being completed now and I should be picking up the truck in the next week. I will provide feedback on how this set-up works. Even among the “experts” there were some who agreed and some who disagreed with the need for all of my purchases. I will be happy to answer any questions about my choices and why I chose that particular route.
I would like to thank several people who have helped me along the way….JD from Elite for his honest advise and getting me everything he said he would WHEN he said he would, Powerlifter405 for hooking me up with ARP studs in 2 days when they were almost impossible to find, Trevor from PMF who went way out his way to help me on the traction bars, Jeff from Spartan for providing a lot of great technical advice, Craig from MPD, and the boys from Holderdown Diesel who are performing the work.