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need advice on upgrade

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Here's the deal. My truck has about 310k on it now and it's starting to feel a little lazier than it's newer days. I tow a skid steer loader pretty much on a daily basis and I need a little more power. I've been going out of town quite a bit lately and the hills are killing me. It wouldn't be so bad, but the truck is always shifting into the next gear as i'm going up the hill. I can't afford a new truck at the moment, and I really don't want to look for a new engine or tranny yet.

I was thinking about getting a mild chip, because I heard that they modify the shift points and give a bit more power. The truck still starts easy and doesn't smoke or anything so I'm assuming it has some more life in it. If the chip helps me out then I would definately do a downpipe and intake soon after. If it doesn't do anything then I'd be reluctant to do anymore upgrades.

I would like to get the chip asap. Wildman and Dp both look tied up at the moment, should I wait for one of them or look at something else? Also what are some recommendations for someone in my position?
What kind of tests can I do to see if pissing in the wind?
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believe it or not the tranny's original. It's never given me much trouble other than hard shifts into 2nd and upshifting too soon. I'd really like to see if the chips going to do anything first then I'll do the downpipe and intake asap. I'm assuming that VB stands for the valve body. Where can I get more info on this?
Any suggestions on what kind of program to look for?
I guess that's what I'll do then. I'll probably just pick up the whole deal. Chip, intake, and downpipe. I'll also get an egt guage.

Any suggestion as to what is the most economical, but still good setup.

Also, what can I do to check on the health of the engine.

How do I do the compression test. I've done them on bikes and gassers, but never a diesel. I've got some old glow plugs and I'm handy with a TIG, so I can make an adapter. I'm just not sure of the procedure. I'd imagine that I could just unplug the injector harness's and crank it 4-5 times for each cylinder.
Are the dp chips from beans from dp tuners. Are they worth the cash. I'm looking for a mild tow program and also downpipe and tymar intake. I'd especially like the chip to keep my tranny from upshifting so often on hills. It never seems to hold the right gear to stay in the powereband.
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