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how to get better performance on the cheap?

I have a new to me 95 f350 crew long bed 7.3 automatic bone stock first diesel I have ever owned.*What options do I have to get performance I want ?
1.low end power and throtle response suck. How do I improve?
2. I wanna be able to easily tow 20000#*
3. I get 10.5 to 13.5mpg how can I get 18+mpg
4.blow smoke*
5.wanna keep cheap as possible $1500-2500 range
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The first things to do are to get rid of the factory air box and replace it with the 6637 air filter.second is get a 3inch down pipe to replace the restricted one the factory put on and also a good time to remove the cat and muffler then get gauges for it

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I'll add a 1.0 turbine housing and custom burned chip.

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FYI black smoke is frowned upon on here. If you want that sell your truck get a cummins. Not saying this in a bad way, just letting you know

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My plan is to get cold air intake, 3"or4"downpipe straight 4"or5" exhaust and a chip. Also is there anything that can be done to transmission that dont vost too much
I dont wanna spemd too much $ so would like to do diy intake kit for cheap I can buy
Whats the best combo of downpipe and exhaust to run
And as for chip or programer I have no ideal what to get witch product has best bang for buck
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What is 1.0 turbine what does it do and is it difficult to install
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94-97 Power Stroke 1.0 Quick Spool Turbo Housing

Spools the turbo closer to 1300rpm than the stock 2000rpm. You do have to remove the turbo. 4" down pipe will not fit unless you beat the hell out of the firewall. Just as well as there is no need for anything bigger than 3" DP. I _think_ diamond eye has the best priced complete exhaust. For most any of these purchases try and wait till thanksgiving to take advantage of sales.

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-twin on-board air w/ 10 gal. tank

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Don't get a cold air intake the k@n style filters let to much pass through them and will wreck your turbo which is why I said do a 6637 air filter

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Thanks for tips tryin to make my shopping list of exactly what I need started saving already should have 3 grand by november witch is best time to buy all this stuff just needed to know best products that give most bang for buck
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Cold air intake is for noise only. I'm Running a stock air box and definitely not running out of air. The turbo can only suck so much air. There have been test that show that aftermarket intakes most of the time show no difference than the original. In fact sometimes there is a loss in power. It's very important the the intake is sucking cold air and not engine bay air. A lot of intakes don't achieve that. My buddy has a dodge with over 325 at the wheels and the dyno graph to prove it and it's running the stock filter. That truck would be considered a 380-400hp motor. Do the exhaust and a intercooler. The 1.0 housing is a great idea too. The chip will give you some more fuel and better transmission programming.


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