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Old 05-23-2013, 06:33 AM
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I am new to the forum and have some questions. I have an 03 f350 7.3 with 5" exhaust and a tymar intake system. I want to start making some simple effective upgrades and will have to replace exhaust soon. I have read about the generation 2 wicked wheel, bts transmissions, r38 or 2stage turbo's and several tuner and chip recommendations. I would like to keep it as simple as possible but put the best possible equipment in the truck. I like things to be bullet proof. I really do not need anything beyond 600 ft lbs of tourque.

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The reason for replacing the exhaust is that it is in need of repair. It getting some holes in some spots on the tail end so I am sure the rest is not far behind. Just wanted to get some advice on quality replacement. I would stay with 5".

The biggest reason for keeping this truck in top running order is in tribute to my late father. It was his truck. He was a diesel mechanic for over 30 years. He worked on Gray hound buses, Mack Trucks, Cat and everything in between. Every morning when I get in the truck and start it up its like saying hello to my dad.

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Old 05-23-2013, 06:47 AM
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Transmission is a must in my opinion. I've been shown time ad time again not to cheap out on the transmission. I would hold off on the wicked wheel if you intend to get a whole turbo. The 38r is a good one. You can really find some good deals on turbos right now it seems like. And a chip for sure, there's LOTS of good companies offering tunes. Gauges are a must if your going to do anything though.
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After intake and exhaust, the next mods are usually adding gauges and tunes. At this point you can start getting into the bigger mods such as turbo, injectors, fuel system, trans, etc...

The GTP38R is a good, proven turbo and it is a drop in replacement for the stock unit. BTS is a great/strong transmission.

In your case, I think gauges and a tuner would be your best next step. You can go with a multi-position chip and some analog gauges, or you can go with an all-in-one monitor/programmer. We have both of these setups available if you are interested and all can be seen on our website HERE.

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hell its almost over 500 ft lbs of tq stock.
your gonna be around 700 ft lbs tq with good tunes, intake, exhaust.
custom tunes provide better shift strategies than stock/canned tunes.

get a aftermarket valve body for the transmission
john wood, bts and others make good valve bodies.
and if you want to keep the transmission cooler get a 6.0 transmission cooler.

oh and whats wrong with your 5 inch exhaust that you need to change it?
larger, free flowing exhaust is better, whether its straight piped or has a muffler.

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hell its almost over 500 ft lbs of tq stock.
your gonna be around 700 ft lbs tq with good tunes, intake, exhaust.
custom tunes provide better shift strategies than stock/canned tunes.

get a aftermarket valve body for the transmission
john wood, bts and others make good valve bodies.
and if you want to keep the transmission cooler get a 6.0 transmission cooler.

oh and whats wrong with your 5 inch exhaust that you need to change it?
larger, free flowing exhaust is better, whether its straight piped or has a muffler.
The exhaust system is getting old and will need repairs soon. I will stay with 5" just not sure about which product.

Thanks for the response.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:26 PM
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i would say diamond eye and mbrp make great, cheap kits. and anybody with some tools can install it themselves.
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I highly recommend the PHP Hydra Chip. Tons of tunes to choose from, 17 can be loaded onto it and can accept anyone's tunes (except DP). Its $425 which is the same or less for what you'll pay for a custom 6 position chip from anyone else that will need to be removed and mailed back if you want to change tunes. I can simply hook my laptop up and change all tunes in about 10 minutes.
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Get tuned and monitor egts and boost at least,
trans temp and fuel pressure would be good too.

Enjoy and start saving for a BTS.
Get one as soon as you can afford one, not when you need one.

Next Injectors with glow plugs and new uvch harness upgrade.
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