Originally Posted by mikezx1
thanks for the welcome.
i've been reading a lot about all i can do to the truck. there is a lot out there. still trying to get my head around it all. from what i gather you have to have a tuner and the DPF for the truck to run right or at all. so what is a good combo for me to run. not looking to drop my life's savings on it but not going super cheap either. looking more for MPG then anything. i know all the enviro crap is killing it. is it better to get the full exhaust w/ DPF or buy both sepretly. there are kits and stuff. i need a little help here. a little lost and over whelmed. thanks
I hear ya that it can all be overwhelming at first. I'd recommend just doing search on the DPF and EGT and familiarize yourself with those two parts of the truck since that's what you're going to hear the most about on these forums. It'll also help you understand what they do and why we want them off our trucks.
You're looking to spend between $1000 - $2000 to do the DPF delete, CIA, and exhaust, depending on what tuner you go with. The two main tuners are Spartan and H&S. I have the spartan and love it but you'll hear the same from H&S owners and they both have their pro's and con's but you can't go wrong with either.
As for the exhaust, you're taking the DPF out of the exhaust line so you can either just put a piece of pipe in it's place, or replace the entire exhaust all at once. Once the DPF is off the truck you need the tuner to reprogram the truck to run without the DPF on there. You can do a tuner without the DPF delete, but you can't delete the DPF without a tuner.
As for MPG, what gears do you have? That'll be one of the big determining factors in what kind of MPG you'll see. Hope you have the 3.55 gears, anything above that starts to bring your MPG down. I have the 3.73 gears and only went from around 11 MPG to 12 MPG after the delete and tuner. Results vary though from truck to truck though so don't take my example as the rule.
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