OK, I know they have been out for a while, but I wanted to put a review out there for the FICM tuner that Innovative is shipping out if you order today. I ordered my tuner on Black Friday to save a little coin and it got to me yesterday. On Monday I called them to see what they were really sending me because of how many different things I was seeing people say when I tried to look for reviews on all the forums...so here is what I found out:
They now ship their FICM tuner with ONE tune (which most people seem to know now) and it is a moderate/hybrid file that Eric writes for all of their FICM tuners. I was also told that if you plug the tuner into your computer, you CAN select a file that has inductive heating active (so I guess that means it really has two files on it, but the one that programs to the truck right out of the box has no inductive heating). HOWEVER, they will write you whatever kind of tune you want for your truck if you just call and ask. Anyways...on to the actual review.
This tuner comes in a nice little box complete with perfect instructions and the tuner itself is a pretty nice little thing. Install was a breeze. I already had my SCT tuner currently running Vivian's Looney Wild on the truck, so I returned it to stock in about 30 seconds. Followed the directions that came with the FICM tuner and pulled the relay, then went at it. It says in the instructions that it might not take on the first try, but mine went perfectly on the first attempt. Also, I have seen a few people that seem to be under the impression that this tuner doesn't store your stock file, but from everything it said while it was programming, it appears to have stored my stock file just like any other programmer would.
Once I finished with the programming, I started it up and let it run a little before reloading my tunes, didn't drive it though. So I loaded up my Looney Wild and let her warm up before I left work. Initial impression is that it starts just fine, even without inductive heating. The ficm tune really feels like it improved my powerband down low. The Looney Wild has a definite light switch effect to it, but with my IDP ficm tune it made it much more linear. I don't have to give it 100% throttle to get the same power out of it either, so I really feel that the claimed 25hp gain is there. Finally, it's been pretty chilly here in Delaware over the last few days and was below freezing when I started her up this morning. No inductive heat, exact tune they sent me and the Looney Wild. Started perfect. The only thing I noticed is that it is definitely getting more fuel at startup, she smoked a little for about 30 seconds and then cleared up no problem.
So, I think this tuner is awesome! Truck starts just fine, which seems to be a big worry with a lot of guys, runs great and has a much better throttle feel. If you're looking for a great price and great tunes, buy this one, just because it doesn't come with four tunes doesn't mean it won't work! (plus you can always call and get more