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Looking for opinions

Alright I'm thinking about sinking some money into my truck.

Right now truck is bone stock and I use it for business (contractor) and hauling my 5th wheel. We are looking at a long trip coming up and there are a few things I want to do but I may just do it all.

Here is what I'm looking at;

Spartan phalanx tuner w/15 tunes
DPF/DOC Delete
S&B Cold air intake
Down pipe
AFE 4" back stainless exhaust
Transfer Flow Inc. 60 Gal replacement tank
PureFlow tech Airdog II DF-165
Firestone Ride-rite rear airbags and dual air command

Too Much?

I do have concerns with winter and -36F temps. Right now my truck gels a few times a winter stock. I'm worried some of the above components will increase that chance. There is another thread discussing those issues, I just wanted to make sure I'm digging a whole with a garden spade and not an mine shaft.

Appreciate any and all input. BTW at some point this truck will be replaced with a new tow vehicle and will become a toy...

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for now I'd say the air-dog would be unnecessary. Plus I believe you will have to have custom tunes written to run that.Other than that I say go for it, but after your long trip maybe.

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Everything looks good. I agree with the above post about the Air Dog

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Alright I can skip the AirDog.

Do you think a Spearco Intercooler and new cold side pipe would be a better investment?

Why after the long trip...?



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I am also a contractor (usually have a bed full of building materials and/or tools), tow a 5th wheel when I get a chance to get out of town and I sometimes double-tow a bass boat behind the 5th wheel.

I've never been interested in "racing" my truck, just love having extra power available when I need it and hopefully an extra MPG or two.

I run the Spartan Tuned DashDaq, DPF delete system with a short Magna-Flow muffler, a "Green" Air filter and for towing, I added the RoadMaster active suspension load levelers.

I've experimented with various "tunes" and my choice for everyday driving and towing is the 250. It gives me the best fuel economy and tows my trailer/boat with lots of reserve power and without any heat issues, so I didn't have the need for the down-pipe. I still still remember the look of a couple of guys faces that I passed in New Mexico. I had been following them for about 15 miles on some very winding roads. They were driving 30 mph (60 mph speed limit). We finally got a short stretch of straight road so I put the pedal to the metal and passed them in a flash, running 80 mpg with my 5th wheel and boat! Never saw exhaust temperature go above 1200.

Adding the "Green" filter didn't seem to change things much over the stock filter, but it is reusable.

I've towed slide-in truck campers and 5th wheels for years and always used air bags. I carried a small air compressor (I could have installed an on-board compressor) because the airbags would leak-down a little and would require adjustment due to changes in load (fuel tank level, changes in how the 5th wheel was loaded, water/waste water levels in camper, etc.). Decided to try the Roadmasters on my 2010 F250 Crew Cab 4x4 and they do the trick, because they are self adjusting. Also, since they are an active-suspension component, they help my truck handle much, much better than the airbags, which tend to feel "rubbery", particularly in mountain driving.

The only thing that I wish I had was more fuel capacity. After doing the "research", I'm going to go with the Titan due to the construction and weight.
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The only thing that I wish I had was more fuel capacity. After doing the "research", I'm going to go with the Titan due to the construction and weight.

I looked at the Titan $1744.50 little steep, I can get a 75 in bed tank which increases my total fuel by 75 gal vs an additional 30.

Day to day I don't have the need for additional fuel as all my jobs are no farther than 12 miles out of town. However when towing I need extra fuel, I worry pretty easy and on the road I don't like to see my tank below half, when I don't know where the closest station actually is.

I run a B&W Turnover ball and Companion 5th wheel, which I can remove in 15minutes. My intention is to do the same for the in bed fuel tank. Put it in vacation only.

Push comes to shove I can add the Titan or whatever latter on. I just have to remember that Diesel weighs 7.15 lbs per gallon and I have to stay under the 3221 payload capacity.

I'm also looking at double towing in the future, wife wants a pontoon, but I'm thinking otherwise...that's the last thing I need a sail...

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Alright I can skip the AirDog.

Do you think a Spearco Intercooler and new cold side pipe would be a better investment?

Why after the long trip...?
The Spearco and CAC pipe are both good upgrades, especially if you ever tow. The CAC pipe is a good upgrade anyway, but the Spearco is not really needed unless your towing a lot or using the truck for competition use.

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The Spearco and CAC pipe are both good upgrades, especially if you ever tow. The CAC pipe is a good upgrade anyway, but the Spearco is not really needed unless your towing a lot or using the truck for competition use.
I tow pretty close to my limits, I think its worth the upgrade now, rather than suffer without it.

When the bill is over $4K might as well add another $1500...



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Well looks like I don't have all the funds I was hoping for. Made a smart move and made the wife happy...

None the less I'm moving forward just in steps.

Ordered MBRP 4" filter back in black and an S&B Intake today.

Step 2 will be after the first adn I hope to do the cold side intercooler pipe and down pipe. At least I'm correct in saying that these can be used without a tuner.

Step 3 will be the Spartan w/delete pipes

Step 4 Titan super series tank.

Depending on funds I may do step 3 after step 4 depending on the proximity to the trip. I definetly need the bigger tank for the trip.

I'll keep it posted...



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Spartan on Order

Well I knocked out step 2 and 3 today. Seeing as though my MBRP is on back order, and not shipping till the 16th I went ahead and ordered the rest.

Monday I should have;
Spartan loaded minus 275, 310 (gotta wait longer)
Powerstroker67's DPF/CAT delete 4" aftermarket
Cold side Intercooler pipe.
Down pipe.

After I get her all together we'll see how long I wait till I get the 275 and 310.

Hope to have the Titan before Sep 8th, and Arctic fox before October.

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2009 XLT F150 Super Crew Short Box 4x4 5.4L[
2008 Lariat F350 Crew Cab Long Box 4x4 6.4L
-Spartan tuned, S&B Cold Air Intake, Cold side Intercooler pipe, 4" Down pipe, Powerstroker67 DPF/CAT delete, MBRP 4" Black Series w/5" tip.
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