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Setting up a higher milage truck for towing
The truck is a 2001 Excursion with 180K miles towing a max 10,000 lb toyhauler (1000 lb tongue weight). The truck is 2WD with a gentle highway life and no towing to this point. Everything appears stock in good working condition.
The goal is to build an economical, reliable tow rig without a crazy high budget. I will tow in the mountains and on interstate like roads, but probably will not exceed 65-70 mph. Fuel mileage is more important than speed to me.
From the reading I have done the following seem like things to do. Am I missing anything, or have I included things that are not needed...inquiring minds want to know
Manual Lock up overide on converter (or possibly a tune to do this)
Valve Body (BTS or Wood)
Is a billet Torque Converter worth it?
Transmission Temp guage
mild towing tune should I go the programmer or tuner route
economy tune for not towing
"poor mans" engine brake using the EGBV (possibly a tune with this)
Using the OBDII port to run "gauges" for EGT and boost etc. using a computer, iphone...
Napa filter intake
Not too sure if I want to do a turbo back exhaust...ultimate power is not the goal, and being an excursion I am concerned with the "boominess"
air bag rear suspension
F350 rear sway bar???
If you had say $1500 what would you do?