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Old 02-07-2010, 16:20   #1 (permalink)
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New truck to me.. 5.4 upgrades??

Hi,
I just bought a 2002 F350 XLT CCSB 4x4 with a 5.4 and 6spd manual with 17,900 original miles. I have a 2005 Excursion with diesel, but since the F350 will be my daily work truck, I would like to know what to do to give it a bit more umph and a bit better MPG. I have been told by a F150 owner that the Borla Exhaust is a good one. If I could afford it, a nice Lightning or Harley conversion would be sweet, but that will never happen on my budget.
Anyway my truck is pretty virgin, except in the last 4,000 miles a snow plow was added, but it has never even had a hitch!!!
Well, give me some ideas, and anything I need to know about the 2002 5.4 that might be a problem etc...
Thanks,
Garry in Alaska
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Re: New truck to me.. 5.4 upgrades??

You won't get the HP gains from light modifications to a gas engine as you would a diesel. Not to say that there's nothing to be had, but a cold air intake and exhaust would help breathing. Running synthetic oils everywhere possible would be another, good cost alternative. Synthetics don't add HP, they free up HP that would have otherwise been lost to excessive friction caused by standard oil. This normally increases fuel economy in everyday driving. Unless you get into the engine and add major components, you won't 'feel' any difference with standard bolt on mods. Especially not on a 3 ton truck.
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