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help me spend my money!

no i will not send the money to you!

i will be coming into an extra $600 (have a buyer for a set of super swamper that are not in use!) and i've decided that (now that my truck is paid off) i could spend the money on the truck.

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2006 FX4 4.0 SOHC, auto, 4.10s. stock size tires at least for now. no mods.

considering:

a cold air intake: (stipulation is no oiled filters) volant or AFE dryflow. any opinions?

power programmer: which one's the best? really want better shifting, more power would is expected. the abiltiy to correct for oversize tires is a plus.

james duff traction bars: beating around on the street, and in deep snow i get some pretty wicked wheel hop, would like to correct this.

anything better bang for the buck: whatever you can suggest that will help that's not on the list.

a nice exhaust: i'm placing this one last on the list for a reason, i think that all 6 cylinders sound lousy piped up.

now obviously all this is alot more than $600 (especially that the canadian dollar tanked again!), so help me decide where to put the money.


thanks for the help guys!
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programmer and duff bars or put money towards wheels and tires....tint
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I would do the Duff bar first, I love mine, then a different muffler, cheap yet sounds good!
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for exhaust. hands down the best muffler i have heard on a 4.0 is a spintech pro street muffler. about 100bucks.

throw on a new intake filter or kit.

and a programmer and theres your 600 bucks gone.. ha

or just save it until closer to christmas time when all the online accessory stores have holiday sales and get alot more for the 600
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no i will not send the money to you!

2006 FX4 4.0 SOHC, auto, 4.10s. stock size tires at least for now. no mods.

considering:

a cold air intake: (stipulation is no oiled filters) volant or AFE dryflow. any opinions?
Heard good things about Volant.
power programmer: which one's the best? really want better shifting, more power would is expected. the abiltiy to correct for oversize tires is a plus.
Not sure, never researched.
james duff traction bars: beating around on the street, and in deep snow i get some pretty wicked wheel hop, would like to correct this.
Idk
anything better bang for the buck: whatever you can suggest that will help that's not on the list.
Dry NoS Kit
Sway Bar
Throttle Body Spacer

a nice exhaust: i'm placing this one last on the list for a reason, i think that all 6 cylinders sound lousy piped up.
Get true duals, you'll lose some lowend HP/TQ but the tuner chip will fix it.

thanks for the help guys!
jahred
Thar ya go.
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Xcal is best bang for the buck.

Please do not ask about a CAI, use the search button.. you will find they are useless, especially on our trucks as the timing gets pulled after tempuratures exceed 80 degrees... = loss of power.
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Xcal is best bang for the buck.

Please do not ask about a CAI, use the search button.. you will find they are useless, especially on our trucks as the timing gets pulled after tempuratures exceed 80 degrees... = loss of power.
Volant and aFe are the boxed filters, like stock only flow better, and not open to the elements/heat.
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Check out my web page.. (2006 FX4)
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Send me your money, and you will get the same performance increase due to WWR (Wallet Weight Reduction)!!
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Check out my web page.. (2006 FX4)
yes, i have looked at your web page before, and i would appreciate your opinion more than most, if only because we have almost the identical truck, and you have most of or all of the mods i'm interested in. what worked best for you?

so far it looks like the traction bars are top of the list.
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www.slrmotorsports.com my buddy put one on his jetta and it really worked. We couldnt believe it for the price. We didnt dyno it so we're not sure if he really got 50hp and 50ft lbs but it made a very noticeable difference.
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so i'm not saying that is flat our bullsh!t, but i'm certainly thinking it loudly!

50HP on a ranger is approx. a 24% increase, the only thing that will actually net that much power is a shot is nitrous or a blower.

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As far as bang for the buck.. underdrive pullies and a x-cal w/good tune are tops. The duff traction bars helped and are pretty cheap all things considered.

The e-fan on modern cars are not worth too much. However the motor will be noticably smoother at idle and low rpms.

The K&N intake is worth it but only if your at high rpms often.

The aftercat.. is more ego than performance. But hey.. that's a part of modding.

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okay, so it would seem that the best use of the money would be a tuner and the traction bars.

if i remember, you have some strong feelings about who to deal with, and who has the best tunes for the programmers. refresh my memory, what do you reccomend?

as far as the electric fan goes, would it help the engine warm up noticably faster? i'm in a fairly erratic climate, it's been below freezing at night for about a week now, and i will usually seen -35F to +95F in a year.

also, with the traction bars, i've seen people run the rear mount in single shear (with one bracket per side) and in double shear (with two brackets per side). do you just ask james duff to ship you an extra pair of brackets at whatever extra cost and they bolt up that way?
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you have some strong feelings about who to deal with, and who has the best tunes for the programmers. refresh my memory, what do you reccomend?
Yes I do. IMO Bama had the best tune. However I had GREAT DIFFICULTY in even talking to Doug or anyone at Bama.
I now use Lasota racing

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as far as the electric fan goes, would it help the engine warm up noticably faster?
Not really. The engines temp is controlled by the stat for the most part. And PCM to a small degree. A e-fan would allow for a quicker warm up.... But only if you were letting it idle for more than 10minutes before driving. The stagnet engine room heat will aid power steering fuild temps and clearing the hood / windshield area a bit. But on a fuel injected modern car the coolant temp is controlled by the stat and cooling ability of the rad/heater core.


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also, with the traction bars, i've seen people run the rear mount in single shear (with one bracket per side) and in double shear (with two brackets per side). do you just ask james duff to ship you an extra pair of brackets at whatever extra cost and they bolt up that way?
I've only been using a single bracket. No issues at all. Even launching at the dragstrip they have not budged at all. They still look just like the pics on my web page.. except rusty from last winters salt.

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so Bama had/has the best tunes in your opinion, but you've been tuning alot yourself from my understanding, how much better is the tuning that you have been doing for your application, to word it differently, how much happier are you with your tuning over the Bama tune?

i should really thank you, you are being very helpful.
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