So I guess I'll be starting a build thread to document when and what happens to my truck and engine as things progress. Wasn't planning on starting building now already, had wanted to wait till I take my truck off the road, but I holed a piston last week, so... The truck currently has 170K miles, I run 80-90K a year. My plan is to upgrade the internals, and to get the engine running cooler while towing. I don't want to sacrifice reliability, so I won't be doing everything I had originally planned to do. I'll have to wait till I retire the truck to do an all-out engine build... Feel free to chime in with advice/suggestions...
Here is what I currently have done to the truck:
-5" downpipe back no-muffler exhaust
-Airdog II 4G
Plans are to add:
-Fingers oval bowl pistons
-Thought about doing Carrillo rods, but since I won't be building a high horspower application, I thought I'd wait to do that till the truck retires, and I do a full build. I can use the money on something else. Think that'll be alright?
-CP3 over CP4 : Maybe, thoughts? Wait for this till later?
-ARP head studs
-SDP S475 over stock turbo : Will I have to use the SDP intake and coolant tank with their twin kit?
-Will be putting together an oil cooler system, not sure where I'll mount it yet, would like to mount it in the front, but there's not much place there, so might have to mount it underneath somewhere with fan...
-Maybe upgraded intercooler??
So what are your thoughts? I'm still in the planning stage, and need to make some calls tomorrow morning to make sure I'm on the right track. I'll be doing the build myself. I hope to start teardown on Tuesday or Wednesday...
As she sits right now...
--2015 GMC 3500 SRW/CCLB--
Engine rebuilt @ 170,000 miles due to hole in cylinder #7
First start on 5/13/16
255k miles on 4/1/17, and goin' strong...
S&B Intake, 3" MBRP downpipe, Flo-Pro 5" downpipe back exhaust/no muffler, PPEI tuned no longer, MOONSHINE tuned by Tony @ RidgeRunner, Airdog lift pump...
Monitoring via CTS2
Fingers Oval Bowl pistons @ 17.5:1 .040 over
ARP main and head studs
Keyed crank and cam
SDP CP3 coversion w/ Sportsman pump
305/55/20 MT Baja ATZ P3s on stock 20's...
Kryptonite tie rods/centerlink