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best performance mods for 96 powerstroke

i recently bought a super cab short bed 96 powerstroke and i just was wondering what's the best chip and intake for it and how big to go on the down pipe?
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Tymar intake, Tymar 3" DP, someone else can chime in on the chip.

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97 F250 4 door shortbed, E4OD
DIY intake
Kingpin Dana 60
otherwise stock
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i put in a TS 6-Position burned by Kenny at KT Performance in my 96. Would recommend it to anyone. Tunes are fast as hell and customer service is amazing.
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Aaron didn't give you the number for Tymar Performance but it is 509-922-8785. Dale is the guy when it comes to a lot of performance parts for our trucks. He can set you up from the intake to exhaust, gauges, and a chip. If he doesn't answer the call just leave a message and he'll get back to you.

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Personally, I second the Tymar open element air intake without a doubt. Best bang for buck for sure. Next inexpensive mod would be the downpipe upgrade. You can probably do both for about $300 depending on where you live.

Depending on your budget and time, knowing what I do now, I would do the Tymar intake, full exhaust, gauges, and chip all at once. If you do just the downpipe, consider a "race pipe" also known as a cat delete pipe. You can make one yourself depending on how resourceful you are out of 3.5" or 4" piece of straight pipe, or get one included with the downpipe. A consensus for most is anything over a 4" exhaust isn't necessary till you are producing serious power. However, everyone is different, and there are some who have done 5" with no mods. I don't know if there are any gains of a 5" over 4" except sound and cool factor.

Gauges are really recommended, strongly recommended, if you are going to a do a chip and further mods. Monitoring what is going on with engine, trans, egt's, is protection well served. I put gauges in after the open element kit as my second mod. Gauge kits with pillar pod cost depends on 2 or 3 pod, and make of gauges. Dale at Tymar can get you set up, as with virtually any of the vendors on this board, with all your heart and mind could want.

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Just an FYI that the intake and exhaust mods really aren't "performance" mods by themselves. They will help lower EGTs, but without a chip and/or injectors you'd never really feel any performance difference by swaping the intake/exhaust only. Neither is a choke point for the stock program. They are however, must haves, to realize the full potential gains from a chip and/or injectors.
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There are a lot of options for what you are looking for. Some guys like to do the DIY intake(Tymar, 6637, etc.), and some like to get an actual manufactured aftermarket intake(AFE, S&B, etc.). Either one will work fine.

You will not fit any bigger than a 3" downpipe on the OBS.

As far as chips go... We have a couple different options available.

The F5- Holds up to 16 tunes, and can switch tunes on the fly.

The F6- Holds up to 16 tunes, and can also switch tunes on the fly.

The difference between the two is that the F5 must be returned to us if you want any new tunes added or old tunes updated. The F6 connects straight to your computer via USB. You will never have to remove the F6 from the truck to update tunes or receive new ones. We will e-mail you the files and you connect your computer to the chip to upload them. It is very convenient to be able to do this.

We also have another option for tuning. This is the Infinity. The Infinity is a programmer/monitor/code reader/tester/datalogger. It is a really awesome tool to have, and will do all of the tuning and monitoring you need.

Here is a little ad I made for it to show the main features.

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Slight opinion difference here. You will notice the downpipe replacement, it is like having the brake on when you let off the throttle with the factory pipe. With the 3" pipe you will actually coast. This was my first and only mod for 20,000 miles.

97 F250 X-CAB, LONGBED 4X4 w/ 38R and 5" SD Exhaust,DIY Tymar intake, hx hose, 203 stat, stage3 injectors, Beans Fuel system, Arp headstuds D60 w/Sky's rsk and shackle flip plus 4" lift springs, other mods include 5.13 gears arb front and detroit rear plus purple cranium products diff covers and gaurds, ATS s5 trans, bushwacker cutout flares and more to come.
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