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Join Date: Sep 2012
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Convertibles leak. There is no way around it. LOL I feel your pain. I have a '95 Cobra hardtop convertible. It leaked around the A-pillar roof joint seal. Common issue. Then again, I have never seen a convertible that did not leak from BMW to Chevy. I have worked on cars and trucks for about 20 years now.
A monitor? Like gauges and sensor output? A Mini-Maxx or Spartan Phalanx or a few others can accomplish that plus give you the ability to tune and delete the truck.
I'd say 1-9 are must-dos if you don't know the service history on the truck.
#14 is preventative. You cold also do a coolant, oil, and transmission fluid filter as well. An AirDog or FASS for removal of air from your fuel would be great as well. This is all peace of mind stuff.
If you plan on owning this thing for a while, I'd go ahead and delete the EGR and DPF ASAP. You'll need a tuner to remove the codes. I'd say these two are the ones most likely to bring your motor to its knees.
Anything beyond this is just for fun or because you want to play. If you run big boost and push for 600+ HP and 1100+ lb-ft, get ready for headstuds and transmission work. You're not going to find another truck that responds like these things to simple mods. That is also a problem because you can inexpensively step into a very expensive situation.
It may be your only purpose in life is to serve as a warning for others.