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11-20-2008, 01:27 PM #11
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All valid reasons for both. Custom tunes are cheaper and can be tweaked to your liking. Programmers have set tunes to flash your ECM for a variety of uses from economy, towing, and performance. I have a programmer on my diesel and run it on a mild 70HP tune that helps me to achieve the best mileage (17-20mpg) and if i want to impress my friends I can plug it in and push a few buttons to load a hotter tune. Having the ability to remove the speed limiter, calibrate my speedo, put my tranny in re-learn mode, read and reset DTC's, and run live diagostics has been awesome. I have never had it custom tuned so i can only give my opinion based on owning a programmer. Eventually I will be going with EFIlive so that I can install a variety of tunes as well as do my own custom tuning with my laptop.
It's really up to you and what you have the need for. Anything is an improvement over stock for sure.Darcy
2006 Silverado 2500HD LT3 4X4 CC SB Duramax LBZ
Tuff Country 6" lift, 35" Toyo M/T's on 20" Ultra Peacemaker wheels, Quadzilla Stealth2 programmer, Diamond Eye 5" cat-back exhaust, factory Special order color Yellow.
11-20-2008, 02:24 PM #12
01-25-2010, 06:09 PM #13
What about HP Tuner thru a reseller with the tune?Best Regards,
01-25-2010, 06:16 PM #14
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My HHR and My Silverado both have a Trifecta Tune.
I will be a test truck for some Trifecta goodies through this spring. Right now the 4cyl mode is more aggressive on my 8-4cyl. Went to Omaha over new years and averaged 21mpg when it was -4 degrees and down to -15 during the trip. All this was with the cruise set at 70 mph.2009 Chevy Sliverado Std cab 5.3, 4 speed Auto 2wd, Trifecta Tuned
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01-25-2010, 11:47 PM #15
Id say go with the custom tune...Ive got a programmer now and its okay but it didnt give me the power gains I wanted...yeah its nice having the flexabilty of changing it on the go and bumping up shift points and taking off the limeter is cool in all but at the end of the day day it doesnt beat mashing the pedal and beating out another truck with a programmer05 silverado 1500 4.8L v8
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Superchips flashpaq tuner
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02-01-2010, 09:04 AM #16
Some of the new tuners out there like Edge, Bully Dog and Diablosport also have the ability to display gauges. This is a significant cost savings over going with a pod and gauges. Cleaner look, more reliable, programming, flexibility, re-sellable and a warranty... Those were my deciding factors for running the Edge Evolution in my current Silverado. Next I'll be trying out the BullyDog GT Gas. Both are really nice displays as well.
Its all in what you need out of your purchase...08 Z71 Victory Red Crew Cab
Ground Force 2" drop in rear, 22" wheels, Toyo ST Rubber, K&N Intake, Magnaflow Duals, Bully Dog Prog., Weathertech Floormats, Grillcraft Grill, Undercover Sing Case, Viair Compressor, Wolo Horns, Hellwig F&R Sway Bars, Plasmaglow LED's, PEAK backup camera, Husky Mudflaps....lots more in the works.
02-01-2010, 05:51 PM #17
02-01-2010, 08:31 PM #18
you can get a Predator for 1999-2010 trucks... there are different model predators for different model year trucks...
you can find the right one by selecting the info here:
and they allow you to adjust things like:
Timing Table 1000-3800rpm (+15/- 20%)
Timing Table 4000-4800rpm (+15/- 20%)
Timing Table 5000-7000rpm (+15/- 20%)
Fuel Table 1000-3800rpm (+/- 20%)
Fuel Table 4000-4800rpm (+/- 20%)
Fuel Table 5000-7000rpm (+/- 20%)
Idle (+ 500rpm / -300rpm)
RPM Shift Points
MPH Up and Downshifts
Cooling Fan ON and OFF temperatures
Re-Calibrate Speedometer for Gear and Tire Size Changes
Upshift torque reduction (all gears) ON/OFF
Adjust for different injector size
Adjust COT enable temperature
Plus, you can get custom tunes written specifically for your vehicle by a DiabloSport CMR tuner - then import it to your Predator and install to the truck... and still maintain the adjustability of the parameters listed above if you change your setup and want to tweak any of those things yourself...
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