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post #1 of 22 Old 05-27-2013, 05:17 AM Thread Starter
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Which FICM tuner?

I'm interested in getting a FICM tuner for my truck and don't know what one to use.

I have just a factory FICM which is still running great so have no plans to upgrade. I'm running tunes from Matt, Eric, and Vivian. I have the CTS for monitoring capabilities.

Since I have the CTS already I don't want to purchase the gryphon programmer Bill sells for the FICM because that seems like a waste if I already have a monitor. I know I can request the programmer and then send it back I think. Does Eric's programmer come with different files like Bills?

For you guys with FICM tuners, which one did you guys like best and seem to provide the best performance? Thanks for everyone's input and help.

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Check out this thread, there is a lot of really good info.

IDP FICM PROGRAMMER ?'s

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Check out this thread, there is a lot of really good info.

IDP FICM PROGRAMMER ?'s

I appreciate it. I did see this thread and it has some good info. I see that you are running the CTS and also have PHP's FICM programmer. Are you using the gryphon programmer? Does it look like the edge insight and how does it work?

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The PHP programmer is the looks like the edge attitude programmer, I use it just like the SCT, plug it in to program then go back to the CTS for monitoring. I did notice a difference in throttle response and spool, I usually run atlas 80 or Hercules because I'm on stock sticks right now, they are pretty hot and egts can climb really fast. Overall I'm very happy with the PHP ficm tunes, but have never run IDP ficm tunes so I can't compare the two.

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Last I knew IDPs tuner only has 1 tune on it and PHP has 4 on it. The price range isn't much apart and you get more with PHP and you can change the tunes when you want. With PHP you can buy another license for like $150 and can tune another 6.0. I ran PHP on my 03 and loved it.

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Last I knew IDPs tuner only has 1 tune on it and PHP has 4 on it. The price range isn't much apart and you get more with PHP and you can change the tunes when you want. With PHP you can buy another license for like $150 and can tune another 6.0. I ran PHP on my 03 and loved it.
Thanks guys for the input. Think I'm going to go with the PHP one. I'm also looking into getting a replacement wheel for my powermax from MTW and between the two change things up some.

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Php has the remote tuners on the shelf right now - ie no wait. So you can order the $150 option and have it in few days. At times there was over a months wait. Php and fcimrepair dot com have a lot of good reading on their websites.

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IMHO I like both. Having said that the IDP FICM programmer comes with 2 files on it, Inductive heating tune and a performance tune. I am currently running the performance tune. I have bigger injectors so with any of the tunes over a Atlas 40 on PHP's would just cause excessive EGT's for my truck. IMO as I said having run both IDP's performance tune is probably around the same power output as the Atlas 40. I have noticed faster spool up, WAY less lugging when the converter is locked and climbing a hill, lower EGT's and faster startups. IDP has other tunes to go along with their programmers for larger injectors that I haven't tried as of now. In either case it's hard to say if you would be making a bad choice by going with one over the other. They are both great and do what they advertise.

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Not to hijack, but I was looking to send my Ficm to PHP and was wondering has anyone got the Atlas40 and wish you had gotten the 80 and vice versa? With me sending mine off I just want to be satisfied.


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Not to hijack, but I was looking to send my Ficm to PHP and was wondering has anyone got the Atlas40 and wish you had gotten the 80 and vice versa? With me sending mine off I just want to be satisfied.
You order php remote tuner it comes with all 4 tunes you can try and decide which one you want. They let you keep it for 7 days before they charge you late fee. So you can test them all then choose and send tuner back for $150, or pay $400 and you get all 4 on the tuner to keep and change at leisure. Php has Dyno charts on there website for with no ECM tune AND with ECM tune so you can see results. If you tow over 8k trailer they don't recommend over Atlas 40. Of you don't tow then go with the 80!

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