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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 04:04 AM Thread Starter
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experienced advice wanted on adding hp for towing

I have had my truck now for 3 years. I want to safety add some power to my truck. When I am hauling, whether it's with a trailer, or just a load of fire wood in the bed, it pulls down more than I want or like.
I have been looking and reading up on adding power to her for about a year now. I think I am ready to start ordering parts, but I wanted to run it by you guys first, to see what people that have been in this for some time think about my plan. If I have something wrong or need to change something please let me know and why.

Truck is,
2000, f250, 7.3, ZF6, 4x4

Due to budget it will mostly be one at a time.
But this is my list of things to do in order.

MBRP 4" turbo back exhaust
6637 air intake kit
regulated fuel return kit
Bellowed up pipes
Garrett EBPV delete turbo pedestal
Gerrett 38R turbo
New set of injectors, (stock split shot or stage 1 single shot)
6 position tune

Ok, so am i missing any thing or need to change anything?
Thank you for your help and advice.

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 04:34 AM
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Re: experienced advice wanted on adding hp for towing

If your on a really tight budget forget the rr fuel and the ebpv delete...if your gonna stay with stage 1's or stock. Gauges are a must with bigger sticks along with good custom tunes. Safe+more power don't really go together but I know quite a few people with 200k+ miles being chipped. The only people I personally know over the 400k mile mark have bone stock trucks but whats the fun in that....

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Re: experienced advice wanted on adding hp for towing

X2 on the gauges! You really wanna know what your boost and most importantly, your EGTs are, especially if you're towing.

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Re: experienced advice wanted on adding hp for towing

What do you have now? If stock, get the basic intake, exhaust, gauges and chip and feel the difference. You may not need to get as in depth as you're thinking if you're stock right now.

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Re: experienced advice wanted on adding hp for towing

6637 intake, muffler delete or walker muffler, EGT gauge at least, custom tuned chip, valve body, and 6.0 cooler. Add a WW2 and you will be surprised how much just that will help. Then a little down the road you can do the turbo, injectors, and HPOP. And it most definitely won't hurt to adjust your wastegate arm so that it has maximum preload.

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Re: experienced advice wanted on adding hp for towing

how do you know if your wastegate is bleeding off prematurely?


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Re: experienced advice wanted on adding hp for towing

Well I say safely with the understanding that when adding power there is a risk. I just don't want to do something that is a no-no out of ignorance.

My budget won't let me buy everything at once but it won't hurt me to buy things as I go.

I plan on putting a boost gauge and EGT gauge on the truck. If there is any other gauge I should seriously consider please let me know.

Truck is totally stock right now. With right at 200K on it not figured it could use injectors and a turbo. And I'm the type of guy that if I'm replacing it, might as well go bigger or better.
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Re: experienced advice wanted on adding hp for towing

As for other gauges, oil temp probably isn't a bad idea, but not absolutely needed.

And for the turbo and injectors, there is nothing wrong with going bigger, it just costs more. You would be amazed how much of a difference it makes to rebuild the turbo, upgrade the thrust bearing to a 360 version, and put on a new billet wheel like WW2 or RiffRaff. The decision is yours of course, but I just rebuilt my turbo and did some maintenance while I was in there. all in all I was under $500 and the truck is much much better, especially with a trailer full of wood.

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Re: experienced advice wanted on adding hp for towing

not a bad lookin list, don't waste 500 dollars on a stock turbo. Too many 66mm drop ins for cheap to be spendin 500 on a turbo that is stock. If you need a 3rd gauge i'd suggest a fuel pressure guage
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Re: experienced advice wanted on adding hp for towing

Might want a trans temp gauge as youll be towing.
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