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Location: Iva, SC
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Welcome to the Forum, DOC!
The way you start modding your powerstoke depends on what you want to do with it. I will list my mods and reasoning behind each for reference.
First mod was exhaust. I went with a 3" downpipe and ran the stock muffler for a while. The downpipe is a lot more efficient than stock and reduces EGT's. It also gives more of a turbo sound to the truck.
Next, I added a SCT microtuner and drop in K&N replacement filter for more power. Adding a tuner will make you think you bought a new truck.
I then decided the truck was not loud enough and ran 4" straight pipe and turned it out in front of the rear tires. It was now plenty loud, but lacked low end power and the quick spool-up it had with the stack muffler.
Since I tow a good bit, I decided I should get an intercooler and some gauges to help prolong my PSD's life. While looking at intercooler options, I called Banks engineering and ordered a complete technicooler kit and a Quick spool exhaust housing to help with the spool-up. I got my Auto-Meter boost and pyro from Jegs.
I was still not happy with the low end power and decided to add a muffler to try to get it back. Not to mention straight pipes at freeway speeds got a little annoying. I ordered a 4" Flowmaster Outlaw muffler and it was the cure I was looking for.
After joining this site, I stumbled on to the cheap mods and did a DIY intake, FPR shim, and CCV mod. These all helped a little. The FPR shim helped smooth the idle and made the truck more peppy. I could not complain about the trucks performance for a daily driver and tow rig. I had a good combo of parts.
But, I needed more. So, I ordered a custom 4 position chip from Tony Wildman and went with stage 1, 160cc injectors. This is what I was looking for. It is now one mean truck, and will hang with the super duty 7.3's.
'97 F-350 "FORDOR" 4X4 (Dually Conversion, Shackle Reversal, Technicooler , Auto Meter Gauges, 4" DIY Dual Exhaust w/ '08 tips, 4" DIY intake w/ AEM filter
, Wicked Wheel 2, 360° thrust bearing, Homemade E-fuel conversion, Wildman Chip, 160cc DIY injectors
, DIY IDM mod
) 230K and counting...