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Well, got the dpf/doc delete pipe on finally. I spoke with PTP this morning and they advised me that I would have to "flare" the stock tail pipe open a little more since it had shrunk due to being clamped all this time. Needless to say, I "flared" it open a bit more with a pipe wrench and still couldn't get it on, so I ended up taking it to an exhaust shop and they "flared" it open and really hammered the thing on. Had I taken the removable pipe that goes between the dpf and the tail pipe off and hammered the dpf delete pipe on while it was off the truck and maybe in the garage, it may have been doable, but in all honesty I must have just spaced it at the time. One of those could've, should've, would've moments, but then again had I known the exhaust shop would have dropped the dpf/doc and installed the pipe for $75 I would have gladely paid them to do the whole job.
Either way, I loaded up the truck with the H&S on the "Mild" tune with "Stock Power" and needless to say I was pleasantly surprised. The truck is like a whole new animal, gone is the sluggishness, especially from a stop. It smokes a little bit mainly just from a stop, but damn, I think this is how the truck should've come from the factory. I bought this truck back in 2009, and the only regret I can say now is that I waited this long to tune it because I didn't want to void the warranty.
I haven't tried any of the higher power tunes, as I don't really want to start breaking expensive parts like head gaskets and transmissions, plus I have race bikes for going fast at the track, and as much as I hate to say it I'm not sure if even tuned this thing will be competitive with them. lol.
So, long story short, if you are thinking about doing the delete and tune, do it. You won't be disappointed. The only thing I might consider is looking into a different brand of delete pipe. I'm not saying a different brand of pipe would not have these issues since I have no experience with other brands, but it may be something to consider to possibly make your life easier.
Also, if you happen to find a shop in not the best area of town that is willing to do the work, the amount that they charge may be well worth it if you are like me and have to do everything on your back in the driveway.
Hope all this helps