haha very funny!
With the air cleaner lid....cut away the sides! that REALLY opens it up
free mods FTW!!!
chips...I'm not sure I haven't had mine chipped yet, and I don't think I'll bother. I've heard good gains about it, but I've yet to see a before/after dyno, so I'm a bit skeptical.
Mufflers: again...if the rest of your truck is not built, it will be more sound than anything. I've got a 2.25" system w/ a Magnaflow and a turndown and I LOVE it....
Clifford performance makes a header (if you want to do the full exhaust) that I've heard gives you good gains, BUT...the header alone is 3-400 and from what I've heard it's not a perfect fit, so you'd have to redo your whole exhaust.
A cam really wakes these engines up, but again, only with the help of a header, and then you're into well over a grand (header, cam, exhaust) for not too much power.
The way I built my motor is when it started rod knocking I tore it down and started sourcing parts...I found *ALL* of my performance parts cheaper than OEM replacements (just gotta look around
) and stuff like shaving the head 20 thou instead of just smoothing it was 5 bucks extra. The only thing I spend money on basically was my cam. And now that I've got all the core stuff done, I'm thinking of doing a few more (intake/header/redo exhaust/convert to carb).
But while my motor was running happily, I left it alone cept for the intake/exhaust/ignition and a V8 flex fan (again...got it when my OEM clutch fan died)
ooh that reminds me....a junkyard (V6 '90s Taurus) electric fan will free up a few ponies!
I mean if you gave me a ROUGH budget and how deep you wanted to go into it, I could help you better....but unless you want to spend several grand on it, it's really not worth messing with it.