Compression Ignition Addict
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: New Martinsville, West Virginia
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Yeah, what he said...
Gauges... must have before any chip, good idea no matter what. Set of Boost, EGT, and Tranny temp with a piller pod will run a little over $300.
DIY intake... do a search on this site for details, but it's a cheap and simple intake set up. Cost about $40-50, and about 20-30 minutes to install
Exhaust... straight pipe the muffler, it's not really that loud, or go with a Walker BTM muffler... not sure on the cost, but range from free (straight pipe I had in the garage, I had the welder and torches and buddys with beer) to maybe $150 if you went with the Walker and had a shop do the install. The stock size exhaust is ok to 350-400 HP, it's the muffler that's the 'bottle neck' in the system.
Chip/tuner... I have a DP-Tuner, have for a year and a half. Love it. There are others out there that are simular... DP Tuner, Tony Wildman, good custom burned chip that is selectable will do well for you. My DP can be switched from stock to 40+ HP tow to 80+ HP economey tunes at any time, instantly. Heavy load, flat ground, cruse in 80+ econo, hit a hill, switch to 40+hp Towing tune... shift on the fly! I paid about $440 for mine with 5 tunes.
All said and done, you can get good reliable 300+ HP out of your truck for about $800.
'99 E350 DRW Stahl 11' util box van, 7.3 PSD, stock. 138k SOLD
'00 F350 extcab, 9' utility bed, dually 228k
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E'99 F250 extcab, S/Bed 211k. Sidelined due to motor issues.
'00 Excursion Limited, 7.3PSD 294k
'84 Chevy K-30, 6.2L TD, woods/trail beater. 141k