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Tuner/Programmer Debate

Let me begin by saying yes I know there are already a million threads about this topic but thats the problem! trying to search through all of that stuff to find what I'm looking for is a huge indeavor and I dont wanna go through that.

so I'll just ask the simple question...what tuner or programmer is best for a 6.0if I'm just wanting to gain about 50hp at the very most. I'm not looking to blow 2,000 dollars but I defenitaly want a high quality device.

any help?
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SCT X3, It programs your engine AND transmission they work much better when they are in sync compared to generic off the shelf tuners. I would take your time do some research.

I would suggest buying and edge insight as well , this is not a tuner but a monitoring system. It will monitor everything that is recommended.

By the time you get the tuner, custom tunes, edge insight and egt probe probably around 1000.

My looney tune is a non studded version, and my trucks hauls *** IMO anyways

edit:: regarding fuel mileage, higher hp tunes will give you the BEST mpg if you drive it respectably

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PHP CTS Evolution, custom tunes, monitoring, and enough left in the budget for FICM tuning, and PCM rollback.
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thanks for the replys guys. I've also heard alot about the H&S XRT, how good is that one?

and also I've heard tuning and/or chipping our 6.0 can be very bad for our trucks just because of thier problems to being with. is this true or as long as you do it right its fine?
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Address the other problems first, check your coolant/oil delta, FICM voltage, EGR solution of your choice, coolant filter. Try an FICM tune,ECM rollback and monitor of your choice. at this point you will have a great running reliable truck. Not fully bulletproof (but what truck is). Then if you want to play you have to (at least be ready) to pay.
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Address the other problems first, check your coolant/oil delta, FICM voltage, EGR solution of your choice, coolant filter. Try an FICM tune,ECM rollback and monitor of your choice. at this point you will have a great running reliable truck. Not fully bulletproof (but what truck is). Then if you want to play you have to (at least be ready) to pay.
damn I didnt realize this much went into gaining an extra 50hp. I knew the EGR and cooler thing was a problem but I didnt think I would need to fix or replace all that just to run a tuner
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You don't. He's just recommending you monitor things before adding hp cuz there could be underlying issues that would make it inadvisable to add power.

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$300 can delete the EGR and add a coolant filter, then if your FICM, and oil cooler,egr cooler, and head gaskets are good, a $150 FICM tune can give you your horsepower and better mpg. No tuner required unless you want to switch between tunes/add more power.
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I just bouht an Edge Evolution for my truck and love it it does everything the insight does plus programs. Edge syncs the engine and tranny also. My shifts are much firmer. I can tell you I have 4 canned programs from just tranny, economy, tow, and extreme.

Plus you can connect an egt probe and monitor up to 11 PIDS.

the tranny does nothing to the engine just ups the pressures for better shifting.
the economy adds 15hp , 55trq
tow 55hp 110trq
extreme 100hp 200trq

I had to try all the modes and I will never drive a stock diesel agian.

I paid 100.00 bucks SCORE......so look on craigslist / ebay they're out there


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