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post #1 of 14 Old 03-10-2013, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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FICM or ECM tuning advice

Looking to get some expert advice on which way to go.

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2005 F250 FX4 SC
117K miles
BPD oil cooler / EGR cooler
Amsoil throughout
Coolant flushed and replaced with xerex
coolant filter installed
all computers reflashed


I bought it a few months ago and removed the Diablosport programer and did the upgrades listed. My main use for this truck is daily driver and rare towing when the Marine Corps moves me (about 6k lbs).

I do not intend on dropping the money on doing studs any time soon as I dont intend on modding it to get crazy power or drag race it. Also, I got a kid on the way so I'm trying to limit my expenses.

Since arriving in Florida about a month ago, it feels like the truck is slightly harder to start. Takes about 5 second crank for the first start of the day. Much easier on subsequent starts. I checked the FICM and it meters at 48.3 V with key on engine off and through out the start to engine running.

I'm looking for a tuning solution, if there is one, to help with the starts and hopefully give me a little more responsiveness off the line and hopefully increase MPG. She seems sluggish when accelerating from a stop, like trying to make a left turn across traffic.

My highest priority is maintain the utmost reliability. I started looking at some of the tuners like the SCT and came across the FICM tuning by PHP but I'm confused by their website. What do you guys suggest for my goals and maintaining reliability / longevity?

Thanks for the help.
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Get an sct so you get the trans tuning to go with some added power.
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I can comment on the FICM tune part for ya, Ive got the Atlas 80 and the truck loves it. Gets up and go's alot faster off the start and actully got some extra mpg's out of it. Downside I tow and Im not liking the egt's. But if it was just a daily driver around down it would be the way to go....

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I have an SCT tune from IDP and PHP FICM programmer. The Atlas 40 made a huge difference on my truck even with the custom tune. You can still tow with the 40 as well. Noticed around 2-3 mpg better. The SCT will give you more options but i never would have guesed that a FICM tune would make that big of a diff. in reguard to throttle response.


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^^^^Agree100%. The truck just feels like you took the load out of the bed!

BPD OIL COOLER W/COLD WEATHER PACK & BPD oil bypass amsiol filter
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,edge turbo timer
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SCT + Innovative Diesel's FICM programmer. The bottom end throttle response is great. I've had some other issues, so I'm not able to give MPG numbers. The throttle response alone was worth it to me.

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The low end power improvement with the Atlas 40 FICM tune is great compared to stock. I didn't gain any MPG, over the last 4 tanks I'm down by about 1.5 mpg.
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So would it be safer with no studs to just run a ficm tune like the atlas 40 or would a mild ECM tune be safe as well?
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Personally, I think either is a gamble with a truck running stock TTY head bolts. Some trucks the stock programming wasn't even "safe" enough. YMMV
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So would it be safer with no studs to just run a ficm tune like the atlas 40 or would a mild ECM tune be safe as well?
You can get low pressure cylinder tunes with ECM tuning, they can really customize them, the atlas 40 is all I'd go with ficm tuning and I'm running it and feel fairly safe

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mods:
Banks Ram air
Sinister Coolant Filter
Swamps 48V FICM with PHP Atlas 40
B&W turnover ball hitch
EGR Delete
Diesel Site Intercooler Boots
SCT livewire TS 5015 w/IDP custom tunes
Agressive street, Tow W/jake brake, Economy

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2010 Ford Explorer 4.6 24V V8
1999 Ford Mustang Cobra 4.6 32V V8
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