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Factory Spec: 4.7-liter V8 engine - 310 horsepower, 330 lb-ft of torque.


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Old 09-26-2009, 07:05 AM
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Well, if all goes well, Wednesday I will have a job, so now I gotta pick which end of the mod list to start on for my truck.

Here's what I'm looking at, recommendations would be wonderful.

Pro Comp 6" suspension lift $2800

4.56 gear swap $unknown

2008 engine conversion (No clue yet what the differences are between the engines, going to start looking first at the heads, etc.....unless someone can tell me what is different)

New tires/rims $1800 (Has to be done after the suspension lift though, clearance issues)

LSD conversion for rear end $Unknown (Though I did some research, and ended up finding this little beauty[carrier bearing] http://www.peytonperformance.com/ite...0--542070.html )

CAI $Unknown

Exhaust (Manifold back) $Unknown

Throttle body porting $Unknown

Driveshaft $Unknown (I'm thinking an alum/carbon fiber....not decided yet)

This is, naturally, my starter list. Once I get a second vehicle, then I will do a tear-down, see if I can get a better flywheel, new pistons, maybe rework the heads a bit. (Hell, probably end up taking the heads and getting cams custom made.) New crank....oh, the possibilities.
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Thanks for the info. I'm honestly going to do a bit more research for the carrier bearings, since the one you sent me is listed for the 4.10 top, and I'm going to be swapping out to the 4.56. The one I linked says "all" but that is never true.
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That's quite the list! Good luck with your mods.
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Thanks, though can I get your opinion? Here's the order I was thinking of:

Suspension lift -> tires/rims -> Gear swap -> 08 conversion -> CAI -> Exhaust -> throttle body -> driveshaft

What Im trying to do is stage the upgrades so that I get the most from each one. With doing the suspension and tires first, I should see the best performance from the gear swap, and with the gear swap, I should get a better feel from the 08 conversion.

Is there anything you would switch around at all and do differently?
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Maybe you should put the 08 conversion after the CAI and the exhaust
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I would do engine upgrades first. Once the lift and tires are on that motor is going to work harder to pull the truck. You will notice a decrease in performance, and fuel economy of course. If you pick up a tuner during the process, you can make the change in the computer for the new gear and tires also.
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Maybe you should put the 08 conversion after the CAI and the exhaust
Problem is, if the 08 conversion requires a different TB, or exhaust headers, then I will end up spending money twice for those parts.

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I would do engine upgrades first. Once the lift and tires are on that motor is going to work harder to pull the truck. You will notice a decrease in performance, and fuel economy of course. If you pick up a tuner during the process, you can make the change in the computer for the new gear and tires also.
Well, I had planned on the tuner with the lift/tires, to be able to convert everything over and still retain decent mileage. I'm also going to be picking up an '02 Sebring convertible Limited Edition for cheap, just gotta get an engine for it, and that will become my daily driver.

Though doing the engine work first will be easier, since each step is cheaper, and I can save up for the lift/tires easier that way.....just gotta get some more info, see what the 08 conversion is going to require.

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Well, I had planned on the tuner with the lift/tires, to be able to convert everything over and still retain decent mileage. I'm also going to be picking up an '02 Sebring convertible Limited Edition for cheap, just gotta get an engine for it, and that will become my daily driver.

Though doing the engine work first will be easier, since each step is cheaper, and I can save up for the lift/tires easier that way.....just gotta get some more info, see what the 08 conversion is going to require.
Hey that's cool. My brother had an 03 (I think it was an 03) and loved it.

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Hey that's cool. My brother had an 03 (I think it was an 03) and loved it.
It's my mom's car, great exterior and interior...she just blows up engines a lot. So, I snag it for 5k, get an engine for about 1k, drop it in...and paartttaaayy.

Edit: Anyone got a reccomendation for a tuner? I was looking at the Hyperpac, I like the screen system, but I can't find any info on whether or not it supports the 4.7 platforms.

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