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$5k...What to do

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Thank's to all for doing the work to educate this NOOB.. With that, Ive obtained a loan for 5k to upgrade my 2011 3500. I plan on doing the work myself, and would like to gain drive-ability, power, fuel economy (even though 35's are on) with out rolling coal. Can you help me?

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If its not already deleted I would start there. My pick would be a H&S mini max with custom tuning. Then whatever turbo back exhaust you like 4" or 5" with or without a muffler. I would also delete all the egr stuff just for piece of mind and it really cleans up the engine bay.

The above should set you back around $2500 and it will feel like a different truck. IMO that's all you really need to make it run good and get good mileage and decent power. If it were me I would either not spend the rest of the money or put it towards cosmetic things at that point.

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I agree with BigCE. If not deleted, start with that. H&S mini maxx, 5 in TBE, and EGR delete kit with the pyro so you can monitor your EGT's. I got all of mine from Draconian Diesel including the custom tuning and it doesn't smoke at all. They do great work when it comes to this stuff. Like BigCE said, it will set you back $2500. Well worth the money though.

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Programmer: H&S Mini Maxx with MCC and trans tuning from Draconian or an XRT with Edge CTS if you are worried about theft (I've never had this problem but you never know).

Exhaust: a delete pipe is the cheapest but there are relatively in expensive TBEs to be had.

Egr: blockoff only or full cooler delete. Do one or the other.

If you're getting a loan, I suggest you not overspend and save yourself a bunch of money. For about 2k you can do a lot of good. And then if you don't beat it like a rented mule it should last a very long time.

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Please post full specs on yourtruck as it sits. Stock Except for the 35's?

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Exhaust: a delete pipe is the cheapest but there are relatively in expensive TBEs to be had.
if you really want to cheap out... Get a flange from SHIBBY, and make your own delete pipe.

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If you're getting a loan, I suggest you not overspend and save yourself a bunch of money. For about 2k you can do a lot of good.
Amen. Solid recommendation.
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Then transmission upgrades and possibly fuel upgrades after that...

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Ive obtained a loan for 5k to upgrade my 2011 3500. I plan on doing the work myself, and would like to gain drive-ability, power, fuel economy (even though 35's are on) with out rolling coal. Can you help me?
Seriously? A loan to "upgrade" your truck? You borrowed money to spend on a depreciating asset? Really.

Yes, I can help. Cancel the loan and immediately pay off any outstanding interest and fees, and forget this ever happened.

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Can't go wrong with transmission upgrades and build from there. You've gotta be able to put that power to the ground

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Seriously? A loan to "upgrade" your truck? You borrowed money to spend on a depreciating asset? Really.

Yes, I can help. Cancel the loan and immediately pay off any outstanding interest and fees, and forget this ever happened.
lol Sorry but I agree
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