Did you notice any improvements with the intake? I hear it's not worth it. Did you go paper filter or rechargeable?
Last edited by NiceGuyEddie; 07-11-2012 at 02:26 PM.
At our HP levels, we probably won't notice the intake. I notice a BIT more turbo zing, but probably more psychological than anything. I mainly wanted it because everything else I own has washable filters. Once a year I just wash them, put on a minimal amount of their oil, and keep driving. Not a SPEC of dirt in the intake tract(s).
I still have to smog mine, so I steered away from the EGR block and PCV. At this point, all I have to do is swap my exh (45 minutes) go get it smogged, and swap it back.
I changed my fluid not too long ago, however next time I do I'm going to switch to synthetic. I kinda feel like a cheap bastard for not already doing it on a truck I plan on keeping awhile. I'm really looking forward to see how much my trans temps decrease after a deep pan and synthetic fluid. I'm hoping for 20-30 degrees. Well see.... I'll likely add a trans temp gauge to the a-pillar to get a more accurate reading too.
I get you on the clearance issue. You can get a GM pan they make for the Kodiak. It holds roughly 1-2 more quarts and is about $100. There another company and I can't remember if it's B&M or someone else that also makes a more shallow pan.But if your only running under 190 why bother!
On the smog deal: My mom works for a dealer so they just smog it there for me.
How's pricing on that RaptorBlood compared to Amsoil or Royal Purple (the two I planned going with).
Last edited by NiceGuyEddie; 07-12-2012 at 10:56 PM.
The more tire you ask it to pull, the more work it's having to do BEFORE you start to actually work it. Bigger tires are heavier, have more rolling resistance, and are paddling against the open-air. Nothing is free, though. Bigger tires look better, but you gotta pay to play.
I just ordered 4 more gallons of RaptorBlood and it was $116. I don't know how that stacks up against others, it's just what I run in my 28+ other vehicles.
28+ cars? Wow. I need to get into whatever business your in! I remember a thread a while back showing that massive garage/shop you built.
I'll try the RaptorBlood. I just ordered the diff cover and trans pan combo from Alligator Performance. I'll let you know how the temps change.
I assume you run synthetic oil too? Which oil do you run? I'm also sitching over to synthetic oil at the same time. Which means I'm going to order the oil filter bypass kit and oil psi gauge. I figure if I'm going to buy a new pillar pod for the trans gauge, I may as well buy one with one more hole and add the oil pressure gauge too. I've read about a few guys having issues with their factory gauges saying low oil pressure.
Thanks for all the info! My next truck will be a defiantly be a DRW and most likely lowered rather than lifted, but that will be years from now.
I get all of my trans stuff from www.transmissioncenter.net . They have all of the pans, coolers, etc. I am always upgrading the several TH700R4 overdrives I have, so I whenever I get a servo, shift kit, or springs, I order another gallon or 4 of the RaptorBlood. I would never expect much more than 5 or 10 degrees of temp drop from syn trans fluid - as that would mean the stock stuff was absolutely in-adequate. I have witnessed a solid 10 drop, so I am perfectly happy with that. I used to get to 205 at most leaving Havasu at 116 ambient, pulling their first hill on the I-40 (7%) with AC and all the aforementioned stuff.
Don't trust the stock oil gauge? Gonna replace the speedometer, tach, volts and water too? Personally, I don't run the truck hard enough to worry about the stock gauges. They are more than sufficient for me and the ECM will shut things down if there's an un-read problem anyway.
You do realize that's a ONE HUNDRED TWENTY POUND gauge we're reading, right? I thought it looked low also, but then started really looking at the gauge. I realized the pressure is not "low", the scale is BIG. Besides, even if you go by the "race motor" scale of 10psi per 1000rpm......we only need 30psi MAX.