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I'd choose dana/spicer for ball joints, u-joints, seals, timken bearings...
call Corey or or other vendors to get you dialed in for your goals. If you want reliability, I say stay stock, put a hydra chip and better intake, exhaust if you want and definitely gauges and call it good.
If you want more play, you will need a better built tranny and torque converter. I am not sure what the limit is of a stock tranny. I started with just a valve body when my truck was stock with a chip and exhaust. then i got stupid and threw a ton of money into my truck just to hang out with the cool kids.
so the choice is yours. My truck is reliable and fun and I have taken it on long trips without issue. Only failure I have had was when my stealth hpop failed recently with probably less than 10k miles on it. Just regular maintenance things. As long as you stay on top of everything and keep an eye on your truck; it should stay very reliable. Oh, my aftermarket nearly $500 fuel lab fuel pump recently took a dump.
oem parts typically last longer. performance parts I predict half life, depending on what it is. most reliable parts, oem.
one upgrade I highly recommend is a 6.0l tranny cooler or quality aftermarket version. this is needed with or without towing imo.