Cheap fast reliable,
A tuner alone will make a noticable difference, but I would put money into the rest of the truck first. IE your trans niose issue, there are detailed write ups on how to actually fix this issue. also a stock auto doesn't handle power well. you will likely blow through the converter in short order.
There is no recommended cheap power recipe on a stock auto vp44.
Thanks for your comment man, So i contacted the previous owner and he said it does already have the ground setup for the alternator/trans noise canceler, he said he got it from thoroughbrediesel and installed it already so im good as far as the trans noise goes and the trans shifts perfect. Also like mentioned above the trans was already rebuilt once and has the updated internals in it so im hoping that will buy me some time until i can afford a stage 1 trans which I think will be plenty for my needs. I already had the trans pan off to swap filter and governor solenoid just to be safe and added fresh oil and the inside of the trans looked mint and so did the oil, no metal at all found inside either..
So far this is what im thinking:
1.Quadzilla I-quad (This should add 40-60hp and should allow me to use m ipad mini to monitor all the important perimeters such as EGT, Boost, Trans temp, oil pressure, intake temp and so forth.
2. 4" turbo back exhaust
3. 75hp SAC style injectors (opinion on best ones to get for stock hx35 turbo? I hear the Bosch RV-275 are good as well whats your opinion?
4. Stage 1 trans upgrade but I would wait until i burn up my current converter or trans first
Anything you guys could add to the list or would think i should change or info on exact brands/names for what programmer, exhaust, and injectors you would recommend would be very appreciated.
I think if i stick with just these mods and dont go much farther i should have a reasonable power increase and as long as im not beating on it (which i don't) my trans should hold up for quite awhile. Truck is more a daily driver/work truck to pull my trailers.
Here is a Video I made on my youtube channel when I first got the truck and me adding the BHAF filter along with a new serpentine belt.