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I wouldn't say that 1 year is particularly any better than any other year myself. The later model you go, the less likely you are to encounter a 53 block, which is a plus. However, many 53's don't crack, and I know of a 55 block that cracked the exact same way as a 53 does, so I don't think that that means you are necessarily in the clear.
In 01 and 02, the 6spd only came in the HO and the HO only came in the 6spd. In 00 and perhaps as early as 99 there were a handful of 6spd SO trucks produced. And if memory serves me correctly, those came with the bigger input shaft as well. If you are looking to hotrod the truck, stay away from an HO. They have higher compression and actually have smaller barrels and plungers as well and will flow less fuel than an SO. With that said, an HO can be upgraded to the SO pump, but that still doesn't change the difference in compression.
01 and 02 auto's came with a Hy35 turbo, very similar to the he341 seen on the early CR motors, the tiny exhaust housing and small wheels make them a pretty inefficient charger to run.
As far as performance modules go. You will want a fueling box, the vps aren't nearly as controllable through a tuner as a CP3 is. I am very happy with my edge drag box, and have no issues with it, in almost 5 years. The Juice is essentially the same program, but can be coupled with the attitude monitor. This will keep you from needing to buy gauges, but it gives you a lot more bells and whistles that can give you headaches with defueling. That is if you forget you leave them on. The adrenaline box is also popular, as is the TST. Adrenaline's seem to be kind of hit and miss. Some people have them work great and put down excellent numbers, and others have literally had them melt due to over heating. The TST is a very hot box, and is a fueling only box. So unlike the edge and adrenaline, it doesn't add any timing advance. However this more easily allows it to be stacked with a tuner like a smarty, which can be set with or without timing.
Anyways, thats kind of the basics for now. These things are fun little street trucks, with a kind of flawwed injection system (strictly the pump). And it really holds them back from being really competitive as well. But they do alright.
2000 2500 reg. cab 4x4 auto 577hp
09 6.7L QC LB stick, 4x4.
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