hypertech vs. superchips

Discussion in 'Performance & Fuel' started by Slow1500, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. Slow1500

    Slow1500 New Member

    I was just curious as to what your opinions are on the two tuning products and what experiences you may have with them. The reason to my interest in these is because I would rather not spend that much on actual "tuning software" nor have to buy a laptop. I could also purchase a reprogrammed pcm but that is a pain to deal with because I did that with my grand prix for years. The only Superchips programmer that MIGHT work is limited to '06 model year...not an '07 specific(not available). Plus it's more expensive than Hypertech. The new Hypertech model can tune over 100 gm vehicles in a wide range of years...much more flexible. I can get them both at-cost from a friend at an autoparts store, with the Hypertech about 40-50bucks cheaper. I would definitely lean toward ht. I know may not be worth it b/c it's only a 4.3 but it's all I have to work with...plus it's just fun to mod.
  2. Gmcsuvguy

    Gmcsuvguy New Member

    I don't have any experiance with the Superchip but I recently added a Hypertech Max Energy Programmer to my arsenal. Programmed my 99 s-jimmy with the 4.3 and noticed a good difference, was getting between 2-3mpg better( I am running premium fuel also now). I then put it in my 01 Yukon with a 5.3l and was amazed at the bottom end power increase, it blew me away. In my opinion the Hypertech is WELL worth the money.
  3. Slow1500

    Slow1500 New Member

    Thanks a lot. The Max Energy from Hypertech is what I was talking about and leaning towards. If you could tell a difference in your 4.3 then so could I. It sounds like it's worth the money.
  4. Gmcsuvguy

    Gmcsuvguy New Member

    With the newer vehicles the programmer lets you make more changes than the older models as well, lots of choices for transmission shift points, firmness, timing, etc.
  5. omegafiler

    omegafiler New Member

    I've had both on my YD, and the Flashpaq was way better overall. It had a better handheld, easier to use, backlit display, faster, etc. Oh, and it had way more HP/TQ than the HT did. :)

    Ultimately got rid of it due to a 1-2 shift lag issue they couldn't fix. And the HT was just too mild for my money. So I went the custom tune route and haven't looked back.
  6. sierraman

    sierraman New Member

    i have the hypetech, love it
  7. Slow1500

    Slow1500 New Member

    Yeah I've read about the superchips gettin a tad more power out of it but supposedly the newer HT max energy tuner is much better than the 3rd gen. Besides, I can't even order the older tuner anymore...not available from where I will get it.
  8. omegafiler

    omegafiler New Member

    I wouldn't get the MaxEngery hoping for any more power. :) I called Hypertech awhile ago when they came out. They basically said it has the exact same tunes as the previous model. It's just in a new package and internet updateable.
  9. Gmcsuvguy

    Gmcsuvguy New Member

    Ultimately it is your decision based on what everyone else can tell you about their experiance. Good luck with your decision.:great:
  10. finalday7

    finalday7 New Member

    Omega is right on it being basically just the same tunes in a new package. I have a Max Energy and love it. Huge throttle response gain and I got almost 3mpg gain over stock. Best part is, the Max Energy comes with a 30 day money back guarntee.
  11. Slow1500

    Slow1500 New Member

    Oh ok, I was just going on what I read from Hypertech. It does make sense that it's the same tune just in better packaging. I guess the new version is just more flexible. So far I've only heard good things about it...may have to wait for my tax refund, bonus, or something.. don't have the cash just yet.

    Another ?... Can you have more than one vehicle tuned at a given time? The 3rd gen would only let you have one tuned and would not let you tune another vehicle till you returned the last one back to stock settings..
  12. Berubejam

    Berubejam New Member

    what is a good company that sells a software program that will let you do a custom n/a tune, or at least a tuner that can be modified for further performance by specifying further upgrades. (ex. different tunes for exhaust systems, camshafts, headers, ect)
  13. omegafiler

    omegafiler New Member

    Yeah, all of the current handhelds are like that. You can only tune one at a time. If you want to tune more, you need to buy another unit, or invest in custom tuning software - in which case you need to learn how to use it first. :)
  14. omegafiler

    omegafiler New Member

    Do a search for Custom Tune. You'll find there are quite a few options for a custom mail-order tune (they send you a new PCM). Just about all of them will allow free updates if you mod your vehicle later or want a different type of tune.

    If you want to do it yourself, HPTuners and EFI Live are popular options. But there is a whole lot to learn before you start tuning away.
  15. Slow1500

    Slow1500 New Member

    Finally tuned the truck today...pull above 2500rpm is much better now. That's normally where it started making power anyway. So far it's a good tuner...definite difference.

    When I first hooked it up it found two engine codes. I looked them up in my Haynes manual and it said it's running lean on banks one and two. I can only assume that's because of my K&N intake and Magnaflow allowing it to flow more air. The engine lilght never came on though. I cleared the codes and proceeded to tune. Runs fine.
  16. finalday7

    finalday7 New Member

    Congrats, glad you like it. :great:

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