Originally Posted by natemoses13
I dont really plan to do any power upgrades since it is a work truck, so I don't think I should have a problem with egts in the first place, but I will tow heavy occasionally.
What brand of gauges are popular and reliable?
Congrats on the new truck! Welcome to the club! These trucks are real workhorses.
I have used AutoMeter gauges with good luck.
Even with a work truck, a good tuner can help. I have DP Tuners on 2 of my trucks, one of which is a 6sp. I've been running one on my F350 dually for 5 years, have an 80 hp economy tune I use 95% of the time, which picked up 1-2 MPG and alot of driveable power. The Deceleration tune is great for towing and even empty, kick it in, and the EBPV kicks in like a jake brake to help maximize the motors help slowing you down. Yes, you can switch tunes on-the-fly, while driving even. It's nearly instant.
Both trucks have these tunes: Stock, 1200 rpm hi idle, 40 0r 60 hp tow tune, deceleration tune, 80hp econo, and the red F250 has a 120 race tune.
Once you run a good tuned truck, you'll never go back...
You said you already have a big air filter...
Straight pipe the stock exhaust...
Gauges: Boost and EGT for sure...
Good tunes, not canned stuff like banks, edge, etc. Go for a DP Tuner, or others like the TS 6 position chips with tunes on them from people like Tony Wildmand, Bill at PHP, swamps, etc.