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Old 05-05-2012, 09:07 PM
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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.
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Nice. Sounds like this will be a strong 650-700hp+ truck. What about a built trans? Do you think the stock lift pump and injection pump will be able to keep rail pressure up under go pedal.

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subscribing to this , great set up and great choices , cant wait till your back behind the wheel !!!
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Nice. Sounds like this will be a strong 650-700hp+ truck. What about a built trans? Do you think the stock lift pump and injection pump will be able to keep rail pressure up under go pedal.
I drive a stick and my trans is stock except the clutch. The ZF6 is a very stout tranny so I doubt that will be an issue. I know of one guy who recently dynoed 866 RWHP on the except tranny setup as I have and he has not had any trouble with his so I should be fine.

Lift pump is stock. Since the sticks are stock and my truck only has 34K miles (so my HPFP should still be strong), I doubt I will have RP issues. After my funds are built back up I am definitely going to consider Air Dog even if I maintain RP. If I am not maintaining RP and have installed an Air Dog (with fuel bowl deleted and possibly ported rail), I would go with proramming with a shorter PW. There is now way I would run the Industrial HPFP after reading about all of the expensive failures with it and dual fillers is definitely outside of my budget.

Initially I do expect to have problems with the filter minder and I think this will be my biggest weak link. I am running aFe St II with 5R (which I think has the best flow of all the production aftermarket CAIs) but I doubt it will keep up. Several people are testing custom setups and I am waiting to see how they work.
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:38 AM
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Nice. Sounds like a winner. I WISH I had a manual in my truck. If I could have found one, i would have done it in a heartbeat.
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Sounds like a great setup
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Nice. Sounds like a winner. I WISH I had a manual in my truck. If I could have found one, i would have done it in a heartbeat.
I bought my truck used and it took me about 6 months to find one that was a stick. I like the stick but I definitely gonna do any in a drag race.
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Good deal man. I am excited to hear the results. I am plannning a similar set up. I probably wont go with the bigger turbo tho. Do you think a ported intake manifold would be worth the investment on either stock turbos or stock turbos with the batmowheel?
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Sounds like a solid choice of components! When I have to pull my cab (whenever that me be) i also plan to do something VERY similar to this. Im also curious about the intake manifold... thats the one item I'm on the fence about. That Elite 71 mm tow power is definitely a good investment in my book! Im excited to hear more about your setup when its complete
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Sounds like a nice set up you have going. I love my auto in this truck for driving around town, but I really miss my hand shaker when towing.
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