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Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Newellton, LA
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My advice for more power, speed, and reliability is to take the Bully Dog and throw it in the trash. It will trash your trans. You can continue to use it as a monitor if you want. Get you an SCT tuner and some custom tunes from any tuner, $300 + cost of tunes. If the truck is not studded then you need to do that, you can get bigger tunes for studded trucks, $1500 - $4000 depending on if you do it yourself or not. You can get you FICM tuned and that helps with low end power, $150. Then you can step off into bigger injectors and turbo, around $3000 - $6000. Remember that once you start getting close to 500 RWHP you need to start looking at a built trans. I have a BTS trans, $6000. Junk the factory fuel system and get a good fuel system with a RR, $1200++++ depending on some things. Fuel system will not really help with power but it will keep you from starving your injectors and spending unnecessary cash on replacing injectors all the time. At least a 4" free flowing exhaust, $300 - $600. S&B intake, $350.
Traction - air the tires down to 45 psi unless you are loaded then air them up to recommended specs, $$ free. This is where I run mine at, it helps tremendously with the ride quality and traction. If I air my tires up to the 75 that they are supposed to be at, I can't keep it straight at all if my foot is in it. Also you can install a Detroit TruTrac, you really don't need this until you start getting over about 550 RWHP. You are a long way and a lot of cash from that point.
This is my advice on the 2 things you wanted to know about. Sound is cheap HP is not. You will have the "out of cash" mod at some point. I have about $22k in mods on my truck and am somewhere in the high 400's RWHP maybe, just maybe 500 RWHP, but doubt it.
2012 F250 Lariat CCSB FX4, Gooseneck and 5th wheel prep package, H&S Minimaxx, 5" AFE SS straight pipe, EGR delete with factory EGT sensor, 35" Toyo MT's on stock rims, and Bilstein 5160 shocks.