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Finally have some time and money to get some more power. For the money, whats the best one to start with. Set of headers, DT Catback or a Tuner? I plan on doing all three at some point.

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I went tuner then cat back and now headers - which I may have my new long tubes for sale...
Just got the headers? Not liking them? If you had to do it over would still go for the tuner first?
 

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Yeah, I would still do the tuner first. But I would do headers next doing it over again.

As far as the headers, I ordered long tubes and was then relocated to an area for work that requires an emissions test. The long tubes require elimination of the primary cats so I wouldn't pass. I planned on using my other DD but I will need to haul a lot of equipment around so it will have to be the X. I haven't even unpacked them, still new in the box. I wanted to return them to swap them out for shorties but have had zero luck getting in touch with Prerunner parts via email and phone.
 

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I'd be interested in the headers asmy county does not have emissions, however I too may be on the move to Alaska so not sure what the emissions laws in and around the Kenai Penninsula are.

Haven't looked at tuners in awhile and when I search all I see is FS: Bullydog, Superchips. They're all for sale. Got to be a reason. I don't need any of the monitoring or live readouts since I have a carpc with dashcommand already running. Searching for PC based tuning software has been a bust, other than professional stuff I don't know how to use.

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Similar questions have been discussed on the site. This thread may be helpful to you: http://www.thenewx.org/forum/showthread.php?t=62649

Take a look. In that thread and others I have posted some detailed responses to the best bang-for-buck performance mods.

But to summarize:
A tuner is either the FIRST or LAST mod you want to do. If you plan on doing mild performance modifications - i.e. cat-back exhaust / CAI a standard tune is a great place to start. They are all about the same, from Hypertech, Bully Dog and Superchips. With the exception of Bully Dog providing transmission monitoring capabilites. They provide noticable bang-for-buck since they remove the throttle restriction the X has under 40mph. Plus used ones can be had for around $200 - making them fairly cheap as well. In addition to being easy to install.

Now, should you plan to go a little further in performance mods, even as simple as a full exhaust or IMS, let alone injectors, pulleys, superchargers, etc - you'll want to go custom from UPREV. And you'll want to do this after most of your mods have been completed as an UPREV tune is done specifically to your X and what's been done to it. I have written about UPREV here: http://www.thenewx.org/forum/showthread.php?t=55624

As far as exhaust goes IMO its the least bang-for-buck mod and depending on your threshold for noise, the most annoying. Don't get me wrong, an exhaust is worth it to enhance other mods (everything works together) - but to start with it and the costs associated with them, to me, its not worth it. I went through a few exhaust setups - detailed here: http://www.thenewx.org/forum/showthread.php?t=51565 In the end, I would go custom for the cat-back and perhaps go with short tubes. Also I did not have the best experience with pre-runner parts or the DT system. Not bad, but not good either. Others have had great experiences, so take it for what its worth.

A CAI is decent. I've outlined them here: http://www.thenewx.org/forum/showthread.php?t=49565

And lastly my other favorite mod for noticable, useable, everyday driving gains, is an IMS. It will work OK, should you use a standard tuner - or even a stock setup, but once you have an IMS + a few other things, you really want to be custom with UPREV.

Looks like I wrote a long reply when I meant to be short... oh well I hope this helps.
 

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Sorry, but there isn't even building codes in Alaska. As far as I know, there is zero emissions requirements for Alaska as a whole.
Well after researching as of 2012 you are correct, however at one Point Anchorage, Fairbanks and the larger muni's did in fact have emissions. Spend a lot of time in Alaska, Anchorage and the surrounding Kenai, Eagle river, Central Matsu are very modern and Im quite certain they have building codes. Thanks for the input.
 

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Similar questions have been discussed on the site. This thread may be helpful to you: http://www.thenewx.org/forum/showthread.php?t=62649

Take a look. In that thread and others I have posted some detailed responses to the best bang-for-buck performance mods.

But to summarize:
A tuner is either the FIRST or LAST mod you want to do. If you plan on doing mild performance modifications - i.e. cat-back exhaust / CAI a standard tune is a great place to start. They are all about the same, from Hypertech, Bully Dog and Superchips. With the exception of Bully Dog providing transmission monitoring capabilites. They provide noticable bang-for-buck since they remove the throttle restriction the X has under 40mph. Plus used ones can be had for around $200 - making them fairly cheap as well. In addition to being easy to install.

Now, should you plan to go a little further in performance mods, even as simple as a full exhaust or IMS, let alone injectors, pulleys, superchargers, etc - you'll want to go custom from UPREV. And you'll want to do this after most of your mods have been completed as an UPREV tune is done specifically to your X and what's been done to it. I have written about UPREV here: http://www.thenewx.org/forum/showthread.php?t=55624

As far as exhaust goes IMO its the least bang-for-buck mod and depending on your threshold for noise, the most annoying. Don't get me wrong, an exhaust is worth it to enhance other mods (everything works together) - but to start with it and the costs associated with them, to me, its not worth it. I went through a few exhaust setups - detailed here: http://www.thenewx.org/forum/showthread.php?t=51565 In the end, I would go custom for the cat-back and perhaps go with short tubes. Also I did not have the best experience with pre-runner parts or the DT system. Not bad, but not good either. Others have had great experiences, so take it for what its worth.

A CAI is decent. I've outlined them here: http://www.thenewx.org/forum/showthread.php?t=49565

And lastly my other favorite mod for noticable, useable, everyday driving gains, is an IMS. It will work OK, should you use a standard tuner - or even a stock setup, but once you have an IMS + a few other things, you really want to be custom with UPREV.

Looks like I wrote a long reply when I meant to be short... oh well I hope this helps.
Extremely helpful thank you! I've had the Volant CAI since day 1. Put a powercore in it last year. Other than I am stock. Appreciate the outlook.
 
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