Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Mayberry, NC
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Congrats on a fine truck. First thing to get is gauges, this will allow you to derive a good baseline so you can see how all future mods affect your truck. I only recommend ISSPRO Gauges. If you want a great price on their EV gauges and A Pillar pod shoot me a PM and I will give you the contact info.
Unless you are planning on going over 400 ponies there is really no need in going to a larger exhaust plumbing. If your current exhaust is rusted out than it is cheaper to buy a new 4" system than replacing the stock 3.5 system, this is true because there is no many people making them. If/when mine needs replacing I will be using the MBRP system. The problem with the stock system isn't the size of plumbing that was the issue. The issue was the crappy offset muffler they used which necked down the stock 3.5 even further. Replace the factory muffle with a straight through design, like the BTM ( big truck muffler) from Napa, and you will flow plenty of air with the right intake. Again if you are not planning on over 400 ponies I highly recommend the Ford AIS intake. Nothing, and I mean nothing, will filter better and the extra air flow is just a huge bonus. The best part is it looks stock under the hood. If you are on a budget look at the 6637 filter that many use and does a decent job of filtration and it will flow more air than you will likely ever need.
I would also highly recommend using a coolant filter and change the front rotors out with the Powerslot/Hawks LTS combo, then replace the front brake lines with SS lines to really firm up the factory pedal. When installing the coolant filter it is a good time to switch to a true ELC coolant and switch the upper rad hose to the one used on a dual alternator set up so it will route around the fan belt instead of through it. As for TUNES? I am a huge fan of DP tunes, best place to get them is directly from Jody and Dianne themselves. As for which tunes, you need tell us or DP how you use your truck and you will get more accurate recommendations. If you have a auto trans put a tuned valvebody in it before you get the tunes, and be sure to tell the tuner you have done this so they provide the correct tunes.
Proud Father of USAF Airman
2000 F350 DRW,CC,LB, 4X4, Western Hauler Pkg.
Ford AIS/ BTM, FTVB
My CCV MOD, Coolant filter
06 Grill, 05 lights,6.0 trans cooler
Cyro/Hawks, JVC Touchscreen HU, JL C5's, Infinity 800watt amp,
DP tunes, 60 tow/80 e/120 race, on a SCT2 tuner
P3 controller, Brite Box Turbo Lifesaver
KMC Wheels x 4
Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Trucks With Generic Tunes