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Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Silverton, OR
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A good coolant flush is a good place to start. Also, some cheapo gauges are nice to have (the three pack, water temp, oil pressure, volt). They may not be the best gauges, but they are multiple times better than the factory gauges.
I would also try to find another tranny cooler...if you buy one online find one that has the biggest GVW rating (26,000 pounds and up are good). A tranny temp gauge would be nice to have, but a good cooler can make that less of a problem.
As far as towing up the hills, if the truck is stock, then yes it will be a little sluggish. If you dont mind a loud pickup, I would straight pipe it. Cut the muffler out, and either run a custom exhaust of your choice, or get a piece of pipe to replace the muffler. The stock downpipe on these trucks arent the best, but its rather costly to replace them, so for the time behing you can leave it in there.
Also an air filter would be nice to add.
If you have the money, get a pyro, boost (15psi is really all you need, but if you buy a kit they will probably be 0-30psi), and tranny temp. Along with that a tranny cooler, and straight pipe it. Once you have those gauges, you can turn the pump up a little bit which will help a lot.
1985 Ford F-250 with a 6.9 IDI/T-19 4speed 4x4
Paint, Eagle Alloys, Kelly Safari TSR's, ATS turbo, gauges
2004 Jetta TDI 5 speed
2004 2wd Excursion Limited 6.0. Testing how loyal I am to Ford
1997 Passat B4V TDI. 1 of 80 imported in 97. 50 MPG and a factory 25 gallon fuel tank!