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06-19-2019 05:18 PM
cjchico4
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Or there is the stage 1.5.
Yes but they don't offer it in a 10 blade which I want for the sound.
06-19-2019 04:45 PM
[email protected] Or there is the stage 1.5.
06-19-2019 12:42 PM
R&Rpowerstroke
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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.
06-19-2019 11:02 AM
kbnw15 I currently have the KC stage 2 on a completely stock fuel system and also run the SPD tune and their tow tune. I love it and had the intentions that you currently do. I figured get the most air moving so when/if I started adding fuel I already had the air. If I'm not mistaken you should be able to go up to 190/30s quite easily with that turbo. I personally didn't notice much difference in spool up time but I also very rarely used my truck in the kind of manner that that was an issue. I do tend to tow heavy whenever I am hooked up and I feel like this turbo and the tuning I had with it paired very nicely and hardly ever got high on the EGTs.
06-19-2019 10:23 AM
Heavy_GD @[email protected]
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06-19-2019 09:53 AM
ChrisSki If you contact KC Turbos directly, you'll get an honest answer. I contacted KC recently about my turbo and he talked me out of buying a turbo I did not need.
06-19-2019 08:56 AM
cjchico4
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Do you tow, and how do you drive your truck? I ran the KC stage 2 for a couple years and loved it. My original intention was to upgrade to 190-30's but decided to stay stock on sticks. Recently sold my stage 2 and bought a KC stage 1. I run either Atlas 80 or Hercules along with GH tuning and the Stage 1 is better for mileage, towing, and my dogs ears. It is quicker off the line as well, but overall boost on stock sticks is about 2 psi lower and on wot on a ff race tune it runs 50-100 hotter. I can still hit 40psi on the stage 1 and beat up on Dirtys and Dodges if I choose. It really depends on if you tow, what your future plans are, how much money you plan on putting into your truck, and how long you want to keep it. Personally I would lean towards the stage 1 unless you plan on upgrading your fuel, sticks, intercooler, oringed heads, and so on and so fourth. If you want quick spool, better towability, and overall lower cost go with the Stage 1.
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.
06-12-2019 01:21 PM
Sixleaker450 I have a BD stage 1 and 175/ stock sticks and it runs great and pulls hard. Minimal smoke (dependent on the tune) I am happy with the stage 1 as I do not plan to go with bigger nozzles.
06-12-2019 01:02 PM
R&Rpowerstroke Do you tow, and how do you drive your truck? I ran the KC stage 2 for a couple years and loved it. My original intention was to upgrade to 190-30's but decided to stay stock on sticks. Recently sold my stage 2 and bought a KC stage 1. I run either Atlas 80 or Hercules along with GH tuning and the Stage 1 is better for mileage, towing, and my dogs ears. It is quicker off the line as well, but overall boost on stock sticks is about 2 psi lower and on wot on a ff race tune it runs 50-100 hotter. I can still hit 40psi on the stage 1 and beat up on Dirtys and Dodges if I choose. It really depends on if you tow, what your future plans are, how much money you plan on putting into your truck, and how long you want to keep it. Personally I would lean towards the stage 1 unless you plan on upgrading your fuel, sticks, intercooler, oringed heads, and so on and so fourth. If you want quick spool, better towability, and overall lower cost go with the Stage 1.
06-12-2019 11:32 AM
junior125 I would go with the S2, seen as you can switch between the tunes you can figure out where you like it to be the best
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