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I don't tow but there's always a chance I would and I'd just throw a tow tune on with a lower ficm tune if I had to. I don't beat the piss out of my truck but sometimes I do rip on it. Is the stage 2 louder than the stage 1?
To me it's worth the extra ~$200 for the stage 2 because then if I ever upgrade my injectors I'll already have it. I don't plan on upgrading injectors anytime soon, though. I'd rather have quicker spool and better mileage, but I also want the most power for the money.
Stage 2 is based off 03- early 04 10 blade and yes it is louder, stage 1 comes with 13 blade but can get the 10 blade. If you plan on upgrading whenever you need injectors then sure go right ahead. I ran Atlas 80 with GH tow tune on the stage 2 and egts were 1250 pulling a grade at 70-75 mph, weighing 24,000 and had plenty of power. The stage 1 with stock sticks is quicker off the line running the same tunes I never had them redone between the turbos. I will never go larger than stock sticks and stage 1 suits me better but I did enjoy the stage 2. Be ready to replace your intercooler I blew mine apart at 40+ psi of boost as have many. You really can't go wrong with either of them to be honest if you plan on upgrading go stage 2, if not then go stage 1 or if you plan on towing max weight go stage 1. I would consider changing up pipes at the same time, don't be surprised if you see yours have been leaking at the bellows when you pull the turbo.
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