Thanks for the advice. My truck is stock. Looks like I will be getting a gauge for it soon. I don't know much about trannys. What makes them get hotter shifting or running in a lower gear longer?
Sounds like you have a sweet rig in the making
It's not that expensive for our years,just a little time consuming if you're anal like I am!
When pulling loads...consider the EGT temp (Exhaust gas temp).
This is a temp to watch so you don't melt the valves to the seats-thus engine breakdown
Tranny temp gauge,it's like water boiling...don't go over 212....others on here will give input as they work on these things all the time
Honestly,do some homework and look into some upgrades to make your rig what you want....some exhaust,air intake, and a tuner will make you see a whole new truck that does what want.......
Don't take my word for it......it's a live and learn experience
When I did it....I couldn't believe the difference