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Old 03-31-2012, 09:41 AM
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What the best way to get the most of of my truck? Any and all options
 
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What the best way to get the most of of my truck? Any and all options
Sorry bud, my crystal ball is in the shop, and my Internet goggles are flat busted, so I needs a little help here

And what is yer truck?

What are yer goals / requirements?

Do you have any sort of budget in mind?

Because I would suggest going straight to some form of forced induction and forgoing the various simple bolt-ons. A lightning swap for example.

 

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Old 03-31-2012, 10:01 AM
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2002 screw 5.4
Just trying to get the most out of the motor. It has a k&n that was on it when I bought it. It has 125k. My budget varies. Looking into all my options
 
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Its a fx4 lariat.
 
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Ok.

To do this right you need some sort of plan.

Is yer budget in the hundreds, or thousands? That will determine what you can, or cannot, do.

Do you have a power figure in mind? Real Power costs money.

Existing motor choices are bolt-ons and/or internals. Internals tend to get expensive real quick.

More info please.

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Lets start in the hundreds. As for numbers I think its stock 260hp. I'm not sure. I know I want exhaust but that doesn't add a whole lot.
 
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Lets start in the hundreds. As for numbers I think its stock 260hp. I'm not sure. I know I want exhaust but that doesn't add a whole lot.
That's correct, unless it a full-zoot true dual, LT's, hi-flows, mandrel tubing, straight-through muffler and x-pipe stainless system - which will chew through yer $hundy$ budget all by itself. Good, positive tangible gains though - especially when coupled with a good custom tune.

Simple Bolt-ons include underdrive pullies, e-fans, gears, custom flash device running premium octane fuel (2V's respond better to this - a 3V can get more out of 87 tuning due to VCT) ... that's aboot all you can do externally ( not including a blower)

CAI - no gains.

With all of that the gains are nice but not huge. It's still a ~5500 lb brick with lousy aeros.

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So a tuner would be a good 1st step. Edge,gryphon,or sct? The pulleys is there a set or buy individual? Best place to get the stuff for a good price?
 
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So a tuner would be a good 1st step. Edge,gryphon,or sct? The pulleys is there a set or buy individual? Best place to get the stuff for a good price?
I favour SCT - but a custom tuned CS/CTS is a good choice as well.

www.vmptuning.com

Pullies - Troyer Performance, Summit, etc.. (it's a set - ensure it matches yer rib count, and that it's for a truck, not a 'stang)

Efans - that's a bit more complicated as yer choices are vast - here's a good read to get you started: https://www.f150online.com/forums/ex...than-fans.html

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What do you want more power for? Towing, hauling, bragging, burn-outs, local drags?

Hell, my 232,000 mile 97 still has all the power I need to tow a #5000 up 6% grades...

I'm too old to worry about the last 3 things in my first sentence, but I do like a nice seat 'O' the pants feel...

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More of a sounds good and gets out of its own way more or less. Burnouts and drags arent for me anymore either.
 
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I'd just get a nice cat back exhaust for the sound part (I did that way back in 2001 when I first got my 97). That'll eat up 'hundreds' of $$ right there.... Another 'hundreds' for a tuner and on and on!

Remember that there is always a give and take with every jump up in power... Decide what you are willing to give in order to take...

Good luck with the project!

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What the best way to get the most of of my truck? Any and all options
one of the most vague statements ive ever read.


if you want the MOST out of your 5.4 go 4V twin turbo


but seriously, a sct tuner, efans, and exhaust with gotts mod would be more than enough to eat away at your budget
 
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More of a sounds good and gets out of its own way more or less. Burnouts and drags arent for me anymore either.
A stock 5.4 gets out of its own way. Get a decent exhaust to make it sound good and get a programmer with custom tunes to optimize the power and mileage.
 
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i would go with a magnaflow muffler, that have a nice growl with no drone.
 

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