Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Daytona Beach
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Help evaluate my rig - next steps?
Ive had this 96 for about 6 months and am really enjoying it. I got it with 190K on the ticker in OK shape from a small time dealer - I don't know a lot about its history, but it had a Colorado title. It has a neat Ford high idle module with digital tach that sits on the floor and had a down pipe and exhaust brake installed when I got it. It is otherwise stock to my knowledge. No major leaks or mechanical issues besides worn synchros in the tranny that allow a grind into 4th if you aren't smooth with it. The suspension rides ridiculously rough.
I really cleaned it up and installed a T/S performance 6 pos chip with the standard stock, +50, +75, +100, +140'extreme', & high idle tunes purchased from alligator performance. I currently have a short straight pipe that exits through a turnout just behind the passenger door under the truck - I've got some stainless MBRP garage parts on the way to make a nice side exit exhaust right in front of the passenger side rear wheel.
The truck runs really well, idles smoother at some times than others... Has that common light smoke at startup that is really noxious. When winding it out on the freeway, I see 15psi pretty quickly and an eventual 19-20psi indicated max.
With the chip in it's higher positions, the truck tends to have some hesitation on hard acceleration before high revs. I expect this is because the fuel system isn't able to accommodate such a heavy tune as it should.
I'm interested in freshening up the truck, maybe grabbing a healthy hpop/injector combo that could handle the chip tunes and remedy the smoke on startup.
If anyone has some good feedback for me on combos that could work well for me or on maintenance tips to check out on this old truck, I'd love to hear it!