Hey all. New to the forum. Just inherited my dad's 2002 since he's moving up to a diesel. 2002 4.7 Access Cab TRD Off-Road Package with stock class III hitch. Only mod is a drop-in K&N filter. He bought the truck in 04 at 45k and just hit 195k. The only, and I mean ONLY work that has ever been done to the truck was timing belt change at 130k, front struts at 150k, and new radiator just a few months ago. The truck has been great to him just like any other Toy, and so far all I have noticed are occasional rough starts after sitting for more than 2 days and a couple hard shifts with a good size load in the bed. Have been reading as much as I can on here about getting the truck up to date with service and maintenance and here is what I have gathered so far: Run a can of Seafoam though the gas, half can through the oil, and half can though the intake. New PCV valve, clean MAF, fuel filter, new spark plugs, change rear end gear oil (RP) and add friction modifier, new tranny fluid (On the fence about about a full tranny flush, heard positives and negatives) and possibly add magnifine inline tranny filter. Since this truck has basically been driven daily with absolutely zero maintenance (minus the obviously necessary timing belt change). I would really appreciate some input on the things I can do to keep this thing on the road for another 200k.
Onto my second order of business, and what the title of my post implies, I would like some of your professional thoughts on performance upgrades. Been reading various posts for the last week or so to avoid questions alreadyI plan on being on the road this summer pulling a travel trailer and expect to put on about 30k with the trailer. I know I am going to be pushing (but not going over) the 7200lb limit with the trailer and all of my tools and materials. Just like every other dude with a 1st Gen I'd like to get the most bang for the littlest buck. (I know, gotta pay to play, but I want this stuff so I'm not having panic attacks while going up the 5 mile 10% grade hills in West Virginia, not so I can show my buddies how fast and loud my beat up looking truck is.)