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New to me 1997 F250

Just got my first diesel truck. I have had cummins boat motors before but this is the first truck.



The truck has 130,000 and is in great condition (one owner, little old man). Picked it up for $5800. My question is what mods should I do to get good performance without affecting the reliability of the truck. From what I have read on here I think I want to do gauges, a 6637 intake, a PHP chip, and exhaust. Should I do turbo back or is just the new downpipe sufficient? The truck will be used for runs to Home Depot and 1-2 trips a year pulling a 25' center console to the Keys. Do you guys think the 6.0 tranny cooler is neccesary? Also, thinking about doing some cosmetic things like spray in liner (might do bumpers and grill with it also). Thanks in advance for your knowledge and advice! Mark
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Welcome to the org go turbo back honestly, nothing beats a straight pipes diesel IMHO php has great tunes, and as far as the Trans cooler how heavy is your center console and do you still have the stock cooler or has it been upgraded already

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Stock cooler and boat+trailer weighs about 7500lbs.
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you can never over cool a trans. turbo back is nice, i'm not a fan of the straight pipe, i find teh drone to be obnoxious. the stock pipe will be fine if you want to do a DP and gut the cat to save some $ instead of the whole exhaust and welcome to the addiction.

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I love my straight piped trucks, but you could just do a down pipe only

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I think its hard to beat the sound of 5inch straight pipe on these trucks. Thats what i have and i dont notice any drone.

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For me the engine noise is louder in the cab can't hear exhaust unless I'm I town with windows down


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Went with the down pipe and gutted the cat. Sounds good and seems more responsive. Next is gauges then thinking PowerHungryPerformance for the chip. Plus did the intake kit from Riff Raff. Riff Raff is very fast on shipping and their prices were great. Might have to loosen the downpipe again and make a little more room b/c it seems really close to the firewall even though I bent it.
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