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    Post Chip or programmer for 2003 chevy 1500

    Hello all,
    I am new here so I hope that I put this in the right place.
    Ok, I have a 2003 chevy 1500 Z71 with the 5.3 liter. I am trying to get more mpgs, and/or more power. I have 35" BFG allterrains and I tow a 20' pontoon boat on the weekends along with runing fire calls for my fire Dept. I am looking at some headers from Summit racing for an increase, and I have also been looking at tuning chips. I dont need to do anything crazy to the trucks computer but i would like to have the ability to change the power and Mpgs. Is there a simple chip like super chips 2950.
    Summit Racing Part NumberSRC-2950
    Do you all have any suggestions on what to use that is simple to use and not to extravagant??
    Thank you all very much!!!

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    Diablo Sport Predator, $275 and you get the best bang for your buck. Probably the most versatile handheld tuner on the market for under $300.
    2003 Silverado 2500HD 6.0L Vortec V8
    2" Body Lift
    3" Suspension Lift
    Skyjacker Hydro 7000 Shocks
    Skyjacker Steering Stabilizer
    35" Tires with 20" American Racing Rims
    Velocity Cold Air Intake
    Billet Throttle Body Spacer
    BBK Performance Headers
    MBRP Cat-Back Exhaust System
    DiabloSport Predator- Soon to be tuned by Diablew

    "Soon to be leveling-kit"

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    Cool chip or programmer for 2003 chevy 1500

    X2 what Metaluzc said. DiabloSport Preditor programmer. 4WheelOnLine.com has 'em for $280.00 shipped.

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    Ok, thanks alot!! I will post sooner or later what I will do.

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    I say Diablo also! I'm happy with it and easy to use

    2006 silverado z71
    295-70-R17 nitto trail grapplers
    flowmaster 40 series dumped
    2'' rough country leveling kit
    k&n CAI
    throttle body spacer
    De-badged
    15'' kicker cvr & 2 10'' kicker cvr /w 1800 watt kenwood amp
    7'' jvc kw avx810 double din
    diablosport predator

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudislife2 View Post
    Hello all,
    I am new here so I hope that I put this in the right place.
    Ok, I have a 2003 chevy 1500 Z71 with the 5.3 liter. I am trying to get more mpgs, and/or more power. I have 35" BFG allterrains and I tow a 20' pontoon boat on the weekends along with runing fire calls for my fire Dept. I am looking at some headers from Summit racing for an increase, and I have also been looking at tuning chips. I dont need to do anything crazy to the trucks computer but i would like to have the ability to change the power and Mpgs. Is there a simple chip like super chips 2950.
    Summit Racing Part NumberSRC-2950
    Do you all have any suggestions on what to use that is simple to use and not to extravagant??
    Thank you all very much!!!

    My vote is for a custom tune from blackbear. I've talked to several people about this topic and all of them that switched from the hand held programmers to a custom tune have been 100% satisfied with the results. Once I finish getting my performance parts ill be going with a custom tune.
    Bagged 06 Silverado Crew Cab.

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    get the diablo...

    and if you want even more giddy-up, you can always get a custom tune made for it specifically for your truck if you wish - by a diablosport CMR custom tuner like me - and you'll still have the flexibility of the handheld, instead of having to swap modules, ship them out, etc etc...
    06MonteSS


    2014 Camaro SS - 2SS, RS pkg., short-throw shifter, NPP perf. exhaust, BMR strut-tower brace, Cold Air Inductions cold air intake

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    yea i would say custom tune as well, if you were building your truck a little more, but for what you want the diablo will be just fine. i was leaning for the custom tune before my programmer, but i wasnt done building my truck, and im still not, with a custom tune your kinda just stuck with what you got, cant modify anything, but dont get me wrong custom tunes are good, i just think not for what you want. youll be happy with the diablo

    2006 silverado z71
    295-70-R17 nitto trail grapplers
    flowmaster 40 series dumped
    2'' rough country leveling kit
    k&n CAI
    throttle body spacer
    De-badged
    15'' kicker cvr & 2 10'' kicker cvr /w 1800 watt kenwood amp
    7'' jvc kw avx810 double din
    diablosport predator

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    If you are 100% positive you have done everything you want to performance wise, go with a custom tune, but if you feel that in the future you will be buying additional mods, go with the DSP. As 06MonteSS said, you can also get a custom tune with your DSP.
    2003 Silverado 2500HD 6.0L Vortec V8
    2" Body Lift
    3" Suspension Lift
    Skyjacker Hydro 7000 Shocks
    Skyjacker Steering Stabilizer
    35" Tires with 20" American Racing Rims
    Velocity Cold Air Intake
    Billet Throttle Body Spacer
    BBK Performance Headers
    MBRP Cat-Back Exhaust System
    DiabloSport Predator- Soon to be tuned by Diablew

    "Soon to be leveling-kit"

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    Well as far as performance mods go for later i do want to do a true dual exaust not a cat back, and I am considering a k and n intake at some point later. So I think i will go ahead and go with the chip. It will do what I need it to do for a while. i am going to build front and rear bumpers before i do the exaust and intake.I appreciate the advice and I will post later when I get it.

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