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post #1 of 22 Old 10-19-2012, 05:09 AM Thread Starter
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I know that this topic gets beat up and yes I have gone through teh last 10 pages of posts reading but here it goes.

2006 Lariat. I just finished my extended waranty so now is the time to pay attention. I had it in at a local shop for a checkover before mileage ran out. Obvious for my year is EGR on its way out and FICM low voltage.
My plan is to have the full pull done at our local shop including studs but need to gather that cash. Currently I have cat back exhaust and cold air intake. No tuner or monitor
Winter is coming up here in Canada and so I need to get my FICM taken care of ASAP. I plan on getting an Edge soon to monitor until I can get the $6000 for the BP.
I do not tow during winter but tow a LOADED 26' Travel trailer alot may-oct. Much of which is British Columbia Mountains.

So I was all ready to order up a 58v from BPD and figured I should check the forums first. However things have changed since the last I looked on these forums with regards to FCIM tuning.

So FICM upgrade + Atlas40 Tune from FICMrepairs.com = $475
or BPD 58v Upgrade = $695 - ($150 to sell OEM core) = $545

Opinions or suggestions please.

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Mike, you can't sell the oem core because the BPD is only the power side of the FICM. You have to use the logic side from your oem unit.

Consider that the oem FICM from FICMrepairs is istill the oem design without any fault tolerance and the BPD is a totally redesigned power section with built in failover redundancy. For what you are doing I wouldn't consider anything but the BPD just for the piece of mind if it were me. The BPD unit is far superior to the oem even if it has been upgraded/repaired.
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Yeah, part of me kinda wishes I spent the extra couple hundred bucks on the BPD ficm, just for piece of mind. I went with Vivians 58v upgrade. Lifetime warranty on powersupply side, i also ordered the php ficm tuner sort of as an experiment...expensive experiment. But I wanted to see what gains a tuned 58v ficm would make over 48v ficm, or if the gains would be washed out. Plus it gives me more options for towing vs the track, or let's say the dyno.

Fwiw, if you send Vivian your ficm, she doesnt have to reflash the vin to it or something, knocks 40 bucks off the price to put it at 360. The php ficm tuner is 400.



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Ed does excellent repair work no question about it.

But nothing out there right now beats the BPD unit

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I kind of figured as I was typing it that the core value was wrong. Never the less I ordered the 6 stage + my two free BPD t-shirts. Shipped out 2 hours later.


Now to find and order a programmer to get ready for my studs
SCT my best option?
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I kind of figured as I was typing it that the core value was wrong. Never the less I ordered the 6 stage + my two free BPD t-shirts. Shipped out 2 hours later.
Enjoy it!

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Now to find and order a programmer to get ready for my studs
SCT my best option?

SCT is the best option with a custom tune from Matt @ Gearhead Automotive.

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Mike, you can't sell the oem core because the BPD is only the power side of the FICM. You have to use the logic side from your oem unit.

Consider that the oem FICM from FICMrepairs is istill the oem design without any fault tolerance and the BPD is a totally redesigned power section with built in failover redundancy. For what you are doing I wouldn't consider anything but the BPD just for the piece of mind if it were me. The BPD unit is far superior to the oem even if it has been upgraded/repaired.
So are there any difference between bpd 6 phase(?)58v vs swamps 58V?

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The bpd unit is a completely reengineered power supply. The swamps unit

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is just a facty unit thats been upgraded

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So are there any difference between bpd 6 phase(?)58v vs swamps 58V?
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The bpd unit is a completely reengineered power supply. The swamps unit is just a facty unit thats been upgraded

Yep, Dave is correct.

It's a new, redesigned power supply for the FICM.

You still use the logic side of the FICM, but that is not the side that has issues; It's the power supply side.

BPD has eliminated that side of the FICM and replaced it.


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So getting the BPD FICM is just bolt on and plug in?



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