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Parts for mild performance upgrade

Thinking of spending some $$$ on the 7.3. I'm happy with the truck as a daily driver in it's current configuration, but have recently purchased a 5th wheel (28 ft), and was wanting a little more power for towing. Here's what I was thinking; any feedback/suggestions would be great!

Stage 1's w/6-pos chip
WW2 - Would a ported housing be of much benefit?
RR? - Should I just do a RR, or go ahead & do upgraded pump & bowl delete?
HPOP - Do I need to upgrade, or will a good stock one be fine w/stage 1's?
High capacity trans pan? - does this really help?
6.0 trans cooler

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Re: Parts for mild performance upgrade

I would invest in a better valve body for the trans before spending the money on the bigger pan, I dont really see were its an advantage. Just holds more fluid, cost more to fill. Dont see were more fluid will keep it cooler, just take longer to warm up.

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I would invest in a better valve body for the trans before spending the money on the bigger pan, I dont really see were its an advantage. Just holds more fluid, cost more to fill. Dont see were more fluid will keep it cooler, just take longer to warm up.
What kind of improvements will an aftermarket valve body provide? Sorry, I'm kind of ignorant on transmissions.

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Thinking of spending some $$$ on the 7.3. I'm happy with the truck as a daily driver in it's current configuration, but have recently purchased a 5th wheel (28 ft), and was wanting a little more power for towing. Here's what I was thinking; any feedback/suggestions would be great!

Stage 1's w/6-pos chip
WW2 - Would a ported housing be of much benefit?
RR? - Should I just do a RR, or go ahead & do upgraded pump & bowl delete?
HPOP - Do I need to upgrade, or will a good stock one be fine w/stage 1's? stock is fine
High capacity trans pan? - does this really help?this-> Waste of money and actually keeps fluid hotter as its not able to circulate efficiently. Get a BTS valve body it firms the shifts and also tunes the trans you could say for the extra power.
6.0 trans cooler
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Thinking of spending some $$$ on the 7.3. I'm happy with the truck as a daily driver in it's current configuration, but have recently purchased a 5th wheel (28 ft), and was wanting a little more power for towing. Here's what I was thinking; any feedback/suggestions would be great!

Stage 1's w/6-pos chip
WW2 - Would a ported housing be of much benefit?
RR? - Should I just do a RR, or go ahead & do upgraded pump & bowl delete?
HPOP - Do I need to upgrade, or will a good stock one be fine w/stage 1's?
High capacity trans pan? - does this really help?
6.0 trans cooler
I've got a 27' 5th wheel, weighs around 7500-8000lbs when loaded up. My personal recommendation would be a custom 6 position chip, 6637 DYI intake, and free up the exhaust (straight pipe is cheap as well), with gauges as the first mods. My PHP 80 Tow Tune is excellent and really moves the camper with ease while getting good MPG's.

I'd also recommend a Valvebody or the Tugger Shift Kit with a 6.0 Cooler as well.

Then I'd look into your other mods - injectors, WW2, RR, HPOP etc.

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I've got a 27' 5th wheel, weighs around 7500-8000lbs when loaded up. My personal recommendation would be a custom 6 position chip, 6637 DYI intake, and free up the exhaust (straight pipe is cheap as well), with gauges as the first mods. My PHP 80 Tow Tune is excellent and really moves the camper with ease while getting good MPG's.

I'd also recommend a Valvebody or the Tugger Shift Kit with a 6.0 Cooler as well.

Then I'd look into your other mods - injectors, WW2, RR, HPOP etc.
Already got intake, exhaust & gauges; is my sig not showing up on my posts? On the 6.0 cooler, I recently saw a post on 1 for sale & there was a question on whether it was the 18 or 21 row one. Whats the deal there?

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Already got intake, exhaust & gauges; is my sig not showing up on my posts? On the 6.0 cooler, I recently saw a post on 1 for sale & there was a question on whether it was the 18 or 21 row one. Whats the deal there?
The 6.0 cooler should be either 26 or 31 rows. I'm pretty sure the stock cooler on our trucks is 9 rows, so there is a huge difference when upgrading to the 6.0 cooler. I opted to get my cooler (26 row) from RockAuto because it was the lowest price, and I couldn't be happier. It does a really good job of keeping the temps in line.

If you PM me, I'll email you the install guide I used. It was very informative, and had quite a few pictures as well.

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18 row might be a be v10 cooler..which is probably just fine and a direct Bolton...but better be way cheaper then the 26 row.

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6.0 trans cooler installed

Got my 31 row cooler installed last week & towed my 5th wheel shortly afterwards.... WOW, what a difference! Last time I pulled it, trans temps got up to 240, this time it didn't even touch 180! Granted, the ambient temps were cooler this time, but i still think this is one of the best investments I have ever made for this truck.

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Ive heard the 31 rows are really good for heavy towing but overkill if towing light (under 10,000) unless in the rockies. I always use the bigger is better rule though.
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