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Keeping a Good Truck Good
I've had my new to me 2004 with 36K miles on it for about 2 weeks now. The previous owner babied the hell out of it and it has an impecable maintenance record and the OASIS was pretty damn clean as well with only an EGR cleaning and standard recalls. Its idling and running a bit funny these days but goes to the dealer on Monday to get cleaned up and checked out.
So I want this truck to make it to the 300k mark and will invest what I need to in order to make that happen...it may take some time to round up the funds but I'll do what I need to.
Here is what I think my minimum will be:
ARP Studs and HG
Aftermarket EGR Cooler (I don't want to delete if I can get away with this setup)
SCT with tunes
EGT guage at minimum (thinking livewire to kill two at once)
I'd like your opinions on the order that these make sense. Where I'm getting hung up is: Should I wait for these things to break before replacing, should I do them all at once or does it make sense to go cooler before studs and see what happens etc.
My thoughts at this point are:
Do the cooler and filter (since I can do this myself), get the livewire with EGT (again I can handle this), possibly some exhaust to let her breathe.
I drive like a grandpa but want a little better milage and the EGR valve shut off. Poor truck feels so de-tuned and I want to let her out a little.
So what are the flaws in my plan and what would you do if you were me.
Thanks in advance,
2004 CC-SB 4x4 King Ranch 8" Skyjacker 17" MT SideBiters, 37" MT Baja MTZ's, Road Armour front and rear winch bumpers, PIAA lights all around, Thule Racks, SCT Livewire IDP Tuning, EGR and Kitty Delete, Under Armour and Wounded Warrior Project Wrap
Turbo and Exhaust on Deck...