There are so many factors that come into play when you’re trying to get optimum performance out of an engine. You have engine rpm, engine temperature, airflow, fuel pressure and even turbo boost pressure. Then factor in your vehicle and the work requirement you’re placing on it, and you find that you literally need a mini computer just to make things mesh.
That’s where your tuner comes in. It offers you a programmable mini computer that can balance all these elements together for maximum results for your vehicle requirements.
Some tuners are very basic, others feature a lot of bells and whistles. It just depends on your needs.
The editors of Diesel Tech magazine has compiled a few tuners that are available to help you find the one that is perfect for your own truck’s work requirements.
Edge Evolution CTS2
Innovation and quality are part of Edge’s DNA. The Evolution has no peer in the marketplace and is designed for WOW. Evolution is the ultimate in-cabin tuner and digital gauge package packed into one killer product.
It includes performance tuning levels for mileage, towing, and all-out power. The Evolution is the ultimate package for any performance enthusiast. The Evolution offers 50-State legal tuning, allowing it to be used on trucks in any state legally.
With CARB-compliant tuning reaching up to 150 hp, the Evolution can provide the power and mileage anywhere.
Superchips Flashpaq handheld tuner is a state-of-the-art device that offers all the great power and fuel economy improvements that Superchips’ customers have come to love plus a whole lot more.
Superchips offers more horsepower per dollar than anyone in the marketplace. The Flashpaq offers multiple tuning levels to accommodate various lifestyles and driving patterns. Our team works to ensure the driving experience is incredible whether the truck is towing a boat, getting you to/from work, or taking the family around town.
Put the right tools in your toolbox. The FlashScan V2 and FlashScan HD from EFILive allow you to scan, data log, and reprogram your vehicle for maximum performance and outstanding drivability.
Features include: multivehicle licensing, remote tuning, custom operating systems, tune file security, free software updates, quick setup, and read and clear DTC codes. The latest update includes Dodge Cummins OBD2 security unlock, additional controller support and a new custom operating systems.
FlashScan supports Duramax 6.6L 2001-2011, Duramax 2.8L 2014.18, Dodge Cummins 5.9L & 6.7L 2006-2018 and Cummins HD 2007-2018. With EFILive’s integrated AutoCal and AutoCal HD platform you can supply your tunes to customers anywhere in the world.
Price: $899-$1299. Website: www.efilive.com.
Banks Power introduces the newest in its Derringer family of performance inline tuners. The Derringer adds a tested best-in-class horsepower gain of 61 hp and a best torque gain of 112 lb-ft.
Exclusive features include Banks AutoRate which intelligently provides optimum power by reading the vehicle’s rpm, speed, gear, EGT, coolant temp and more off the OBD-II diagnostics port. Banks TransCommand protects the transmission with intelligent power delivery for slippage prevention and smooth shifting.
Combining the Derringer with Banks iDash 1.8 Super Gauge adds functionality to the system allowing you to select from a total of six power levels through the gauge and monitor up to 300 critical engine and tuner parameters like boost, EGT, power added and even allows owners to command a manual DPF regen.
Price: $479-$799. Website: www.bankspower.com
Make your diesel more efficient and fun to drive with our Stealth Module. Your module will be a stand-alone computer that simply plugs in under the hood of your truck.
It will not increase fuel volume, so there’s no need for any other modifications. Make your truck work smarter, not harder. Get that extra boost in performance without any harmful side effects. It fits most late-model Powerstrokes, Cummins and Duramax vehicles.
Price: $450-$600. Website: www.steathmodules.com
The BDX hand-held performance tuner from Bully Dog gives drivers the edge they need, whether tackling tough terrain, pulling a heavy payload or maximizing fuel economy on the highway.
Its sleek design, full-color display and customizable gauges help track and adjust powertrain performance to deliver more horsepower and torque when it’s needed most. Cloud-based tune delivery over built-in WiFi means that the BDX will always be running the latest tuning—enabling drivers to stay one step ahead of the pack.
Price: $399. Website: www.bullydog.com