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Welcome to the build thread of Megatron. The basic plan is to make a push to compete in the 2015 Diesel Power Challenge after falling short in the voting for 2014. My previous attempt sported 850whp in a truck designed to do most anything. This time around the truck will be well north of 900, might chase 1000, but that's getting ahead of myself. The goals for this build will be consistency, which means a suspension setup that focuses on traction and functionality instead of bling. The suspension will be bolstered with the likes of Thuren, Carli, and a little magic from Fox Shocks. This year, I will again be using compounds to get to my goal. The plan is to up both existing turbos to larger billet wheeled versions. I will continue the usage of Borg Warner chargers. With the added air, I'll be going to at least 75% over nozzles, although burning clean is one of my main concerns. Overall, the truck will be similar to last years version, but turned to 11. With some solid planning, and little cunning I look to be on top. Here's to beating Optimus Prime, and his hard charging setup!

Here's what's currently installed:

Performance:

Industrial Injection 62/475 Phatshaft Compounds
Industrial Injection 125hp Nozzles
ATS Dual Fuelers
Airdog II DF-165gph Lift Pump
Hamilton 110lb Valve Springs
A1 Technologies H11 Head Studs
Banks Technicooler with 3.5" Boost Tubes and Intake Horn
EFI Live by Anarchy

Exhaust:

MBRP 5" Stainless Steel Axle Dump System
MBRP 5" Muffler
FTE 30" Resonator
MBRP 5x6x18 Black Tip

Transmission:

ATS 5 Star Torque Convertor
Billet Input Shaft
Billet Output Shaft
Red Alto Clutches
Kolene Steels
Billet Struts, Accumulator, etc.
Racing Valvebody
ATS Deep Pan
ATS CoPilot

Exterior:

SRT-10 Hood
Colormatched Plastics
Tailgate Cap/Spoiler
Truxedo Lo Pro QT

Wheels

Fuel Hostage 20x10 -24 in Matte Black
Toyo Open Country AT II 275/65/20 (34")

Suspension

Daystar 2" Level Kit
Bilstein 5100 Series Shocks
Flight Fabrications Ladder Bars

Project: RELAPSE

Engine Upgrades

Coat Pistons
Carillo Rods
Hamilton Extreme Duty Pushrods
Fluidampr
ARP Rocker Studs
ARP Main Studs
Hamilton 188-220 Camshaft
Fleece Coolant Bypass

Fueling Upgrades

Exergy 100% Over Injectors
ARP Injector Stud Kit

Induction Upgrades

Something wastegated.
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Miscellaneous Upgrades

Flex-A-Lite Electric Fans
Boost Activated Multi Stage Methanol

Exterior Upgrades

Clearance and Shave Front Fenders
Paint Front and Rear Bumpers
ALL WHITE ERRYTHANG.

Interior Upgrades

Suede Headliner
Katzkins Leather Interior
Hydrodip Plastics

Suspension Upgrades

Carli Track Bar
Thuren 2" Lift Coils
Fox 2.0 Resi Shocks with CD Adjusters
Synergy Steering Box Brace
Flight Fabrications Limit Straps
Flight Fabrications Ladder Bars

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This should be fun to see come together. Lots of pics! :thumbsup:
 

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Should be a good build. Only thing I would exchange is dump the banks intercooler and put that money towards dual pumps. Nice build though, wish I had some extra cash
 
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Should be a good build. Only thing I would exchange is dump the banks intercooler and put that money towards dual pumps. Nice build though, wish I had some extra cash
I can do the duals in combination with the IC, but for towing I'd like to keep this truck running as cool as possible. I do like the simplicity of the stroker pumps though.
 

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The 80 is a little overkill for your goal. I was in that ballpark on a 75. Yes it was hot, but let's be honest, you'd have to be made of money and/or a little crazy to actually use 800 rwp while towing. I had different tunes for that. Then again when you're towing in conditions where EGTs are going to be an issue, that primary is already gonna be singin so spool isn't going to be much of an issue where EGT while towing is concerned... at least when we're discussing compounds in this range.

This is a popular power range and a common turbo that keeps popping up is a 78/92/1.1 T6. It would be the turbo I would run for 800. I'd also run a completely stock (externally gated) HE351 with it. Would be a fun setup.

Just remember, there are many ways to skin a cat. There isn't really any 'right' way to do it, though there are many wrong ways. I don't see anything that sticks out here as being 'wrong'.

I would prefer to see a Garmon transmission on that list, but that's my personal opinion. You may want to look into some extra cooling with that race valve body. I know mine is in excess of 200# line pressure. That extra pressure makes a lot of heat. Going down the highway with the converter locked isn't an issue, but stop and go traffic will cause that temperature to rise quite a bit.

Good luck with your build. Nice Camaro :thumbsup:
 

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Thanks. The only reason I have the 80 under there is that I talked to a guy with compounds here and the altitude causes these chargers to run out of steam pretty quick. The trans builder I used had a couple 1000+ hp trucks under his belt, and so far it has been a nice tranny; now it's time to hold its feet to the fire!

I'll look into the 478, but my 351 has been dealing with a lot of compressor surge towing. Every time the TC locks up it's barking away.
 

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I agree with monkeybrain. However we put a 62/71/14 over a s476 wih billet wheel and race cover on my buddy Dusty truck. That set up was slick and will support 800 hp and he tows with it.

I would go duel cp3's just my .02.

Everything else looks good in your build! Good luck and take lots of pics!
 

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Ya I agree. ^^ 63/80 is a little much for what you want and a smaller turbo setup will spool and tow better while still being able to acheive your power goals.
 

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Looks like a good setup. I've thought about a 63/80 myself for the 8-900 range before.
 

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Build looks good. I would definitely recommend dual pumps over a single for sure. And the Camaro is NICE!!!
 

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Thanks. The only reason I have the 80 under there is that I talked to a guy with compounds here and the altitude causes these chargers to run out of steam pretty quick. The trans builder I used had a couple 1000+ hp trucks under his belt, and so far it has been a nice tranny; now it's time to hold its feet to the fire!

I'll look into the 478, but my 351 has been dealing with a lot of compressor surge towing. Every time the TC locks up it's barking away.
That's a great point. It's not something I normally think about down here at sea level. I would definitely err on the bigger side under those circumstances.
 

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Plus it gives me some room to go bigger later, and who doesn't want that? :thumbsup:
Only people who haven't modded before. How many times do we hear; "I'm only going to do intake and exhaust."?? Then the same member comes back asking about a programmer, then injectors, then turbo... etc. :hehe:
 

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Only people who haven't modded before. How many times do we hear; "I'm only going to do intake and exhaust."?? Then the same member comes back asking about a programmer, then injectors, then turbo... etc. :hehe:
Exactly. I only told myself I couldn't so one thing with this truck, and that's chase the fastest title like the other car :hehe:
 

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To the OP. As Smkhzrd mentioned earlier I am running a compound set up with a 62/74/14 under a billet 76mm with a race cover, 150hp injectors, dual cp3's and a smarty SSR for tuning. I use my truck for everything from daily driving, towing, and racing. My truck runs great and towing is a dream with this set up. I live at 6000' elevation and have towed up to 10000' and all the way down to sea level. I tow anything from a small 10 foot enclosed trailer up to a tandem axel dual wheel flatbed gooseneck loaded to the nuts with hay. Since you said you tow your camero I can give you a fairly good example. A few months ago I towed a 2002 F150 extra cab 4x4 from flagstaff Arizona to Cedar city Utah on a flatbed car trailer. I towed up and over Jacob lake which is just under 8000' elevation and is a fairly steep climb. I pulled the mountain in 5th gear at 55mph could have pulled faster but the turns prevented that. Hottest egt's I saw were 1100 degrees I could not get them higher (This was the first pull with the new set up so I was logging info and pushing it to see the difference from the single turbo). When I got in to Utah I dropped to 2800' elevation and then pulled black ridge that goes up to 6000'. I pulled that at 80mph 6th gear with he cruise on and the truck never missed a beat. Egt's never went over 1000 degrees when I was climbing black ridge. When pulling with the truck I use the POD on the smarty to dial in where it runs best with the current load. I always have power on tap and it pulls hard all the way through the rpm range. Hope that helps some with your build if you have any questions about my set up or anything else hit me up. Good luck I look forward to seeing the progress.
 

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Dusty, how much did the F150 load weigh with trailer? My trailer and car weigh 10k together, which isn't crazy heavy or anything, but just to see how they compare.
 
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