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Everyones Advice on upgrades!

So here is the deal, I just bought the first diesel......A 03 7.3 with 80k miles. The first owner didnt even put a hitch on it, and there is not a scratch on it, basically a brand new truck! But I have some big plans here and want some advice. The truck is used as a daily driver, and it will not see a whole lot of towing either.

Exhaust if 1st, 4 inch or 5 inch? Im thinking 5 inch only because of the next set of upgrades, MBRP 4 inch with a free tip is down to 283, and 5 inch is 340, without a tip though and not a name brand through rolling smoke diesel. Temp differences between the two? I know the sound is the main difference though...

piller gauges are next, the tripple set of course,

DP tuner with some high horse settings of course

Stright Veg oil kit.



Im located in tulsa, oklahoma, and I already picked up a hitch though. im looking around 450 tops for the exhaust, but the less the better, im a struggling college student, but once Im out and making some money, then ill be upgrading to SS and such

and some set of tranny upgrades, but I have not looked to much into this yet,

They will most likely go in this order as well, but exhaust HAS to go on this week, Im tired of the stock!

ANY advice would help!

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What is your budget? I can put together a kit for you.

Also, there is no temp difference between 4 and 5in exhausts. Actually, there is no difference between your stock setup and a 4in once you replace the muffler. The turbine flange outlet on the turbo is smaller than the stock pipe.

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where you located? i have a brand new oem hitch for our trucks just taking up space in my garage. even have the bolts to go with it. ill sell it cheap. pick up only tho cause shipping would be expensive. ill take $75 bucks for it

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it will not see a whole lot of towing either.

Exhaust if 1st, 4 inch or 5 inch?

piller gauges are next, the tripple set of course,

DP tuner with some high horse settings of course

Stright Veg oil kit.

and some set of tranny upgrades, but I have not looked to much into this yet,
If your not towing are you going for big and bad or smooth and fast?

4" or 5" do diff. like stated above the output on the stock turbo flange is small. even with a big turbo it would be hard to out flow a 4" system.
I have not done all the research yet but most 4" systems have a 3.5" downpipe.( your stock is 3.5" ) When I upgrade my turbo I will get a true 4" system to match my new turbo. as for now I am happy with a better muffler on my stock system. It was $120 installed at my local Big Truck exhaust shop.

for gauges you may want to consider the quad piller for the ford, if you are going to do some big mods. I tow alot so I went with engine oil temp as my 4th gauge. I like to see the true temp of my oil. If you have a bearing going out in your motor you will see it in higher than normal oil temps.
If its a toy with some big mods a fuel pressure gauge would be good maybe.

The DP tuner and TS tuner both have the ability for custom tunes. which is a good thing when you get past the "normal" mods

Tranny add a cooler.

Have fun there is a lot to read on here. The search function is great.

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If your lookin for chealp and quick the 10k or 5.6k are pretty popular. Look in the tech section for details but i would add a switch cuz they can get annoying but an egt guage would be a good idea first. Do the diy intake while u do your exhaust its cheap and easy. Search around tho like tdeal said theres lots to learn and lots of cheap/free mods on here.

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TS PERFORMANCE 6 POSITION CHIP with K&N INTAKE KIT:eBay Motors (item 120448591080 end time Jul-25-09 18:58:45 PDT)

Here a good one.
TS PERFORMANCE 6 POSITION CHIP
K&N INTAKE KIT

This is basically what I have for an intake. same filter and it looks like a bent piece of 3" exhaust pipe.
The is a basic chip. but can be custom tuned for future mods. It is the same one I have.
You will not be able to use the 140HP tune if you only do intake and exhaust. The EGT temps will get to hot.
I have a little more than 350 in mine. this is a good price in my eyes. some like the TS some like the DP both are good in my eyes.
maybe someone else will comment

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TS 6 position (stock,40,60,100,140,high idle)
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