Hey guys I'm a long time Ford nut
but brand new to the glory of the Powerstroke and thus brand new to the org. I've got a bone stock 97 crew cab 4x4 F250 that we call Papa Smurf. After I sell off my old gasser and it's parts I think I'm going to have somewhere in the neighborhood of $4000 to throw into the truck. I'm spending about a grand on fixing some of the issues it currently has (broken down springs, terrible shocks, sagging doors, bad glow plugs, leaky antifreeze etc.) but I'll have roughly $3k to spend on upgrades. My question to you guys who have been down this road (or want to go) is: If this were you, what would be your first priorities? Where would you put the money to get the best performance per dollar return?
After lurking on the site for a while, the general jist I've gotten is that a gauge package to monitor EGTs, Boost, and tranny temp is a must. I've also figured out that folks are big fans of the Tony Wildman chip. Beyond that it seems the AFE stage two intake, a 3" downpipe into 4" exhaust, and a 17* or Adrenaline HPOP are the best early upgrades. Future plans include Swamps 200/30% (Stage II?) injectors and a Hypermax intercooler (I know some will cry nay saying I should go with the 6.0 intercooler if anything but I don't really want a bunch of custom fit, I want the kit).
Anyway fellas, that's just the ideas I've gotten from lurking. What do you guys think?