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post #1 of 25 Old 06-10-2013, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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is the php ficm programmer worth it

is it worth it or should I just send mine in for the atlas 40. i'm running viv's tunes, and trucks studded. I tow 8-9k every weekend. but thought about doing the strat rollback too. soo what yall think.

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If you do the strategy rollback, I believe you will need new custom tunes...

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2003 F-350 6.0L.
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SCT tuner-awaiting custom tune
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Just send the FICM and have the Atlas 40 installed. Doesn't sound like you really need the other FICM tunes. As for the Strategy roll back, if you run your truck with the stock tune this might be an advantage. Otherwise the tuner can base tune on whatever strategy you want.
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it sounded like viv didn't, I just want to try it to see if it helps the mpg, gearhead said he can change it with the tune guess i'll be shipping mine out next week

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S&B intake
CFM+ INTAKE ELBOW
4" TURBO BACK STRIAGHT PIPE NO CAT
SCT W/ VIVS TUNES
ZOODAD MOD
SUPERCHIPS DUAL LAZER GAUGE (EGT&BOOST)
ford blue spring
banjo bolts
and heck its my slowest vehicle gotta work on that
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I bought the tuner and have no regrets. It gives me the flexibility to change when and/or as needed. The tunes will cause an increase in Egt's so if I was towing a heavy load or steep pass I wanted the option to drop it back down. It is also nice to experiment using the Econo, 40, 80 and Herc. with my different tunes. Once you program w/o the tuner you are stuck with the good and bad of it unless you either wait again or God forbid go to the dealer. I much prefer to retain as much control and options as possible.


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and it monitors right, might be worth it, is there a windshield mount for it. be nice when we go on trips to turn it up, or even if im towing light on flat ground round here. wish I caught it when it was on sale.

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S&B intake
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SCT W/ VIVS TUNES
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SUPERCHIPS DUAL LAZER GAUGE (EGT&BOOST)
ford blue spring
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I bought the tuner and have no regrets. It gives me the flexibility to change when and/or as needed. The tunes will cause an increase in Egt's so if I was towing a heavy load or steep pass I wanted the option to drop it back down. It is also nice to experiment using the Econo, 40, 80 and Herc. with my different tunes. Once you program w/o the tuner you are stuck with the good and bad of it unless you either wait again or God forbid go to the dealer. I much prefer to retain as much control and options as possible.
what kinda mileage u get with your different combos

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S&B intake
CFM+ INTAKE ELBOW
4" TURBO BACK STRIAGHT PIPE NO CAT
SCT W/ VIVS TUNES
ZOODAD MOD
SUPERCHIPS DUAL LAZER GAUGE (EGT&BOOST)
ford blue spring
banjo bolts
and heck its my slowest vehicle gotta work on that
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I like mine but....I rarely change tunes. I generally leave mine on the Atlas 80. I am currently showing 17.9 mpg on my trip computer. My last few tanks have hand calculated at around 16 mpg.

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The "Lie-o-Meter" says I am averaging around 15 mpg but I have my foot in it a lot too. The best I saw was on a trip to Oregon at 19.5 mpg with the Atlas 40 all highway and cant remember which custom tune. Memorial weekend I averaged 13 mpg with a camper in the bed and trailer behind that pulling a very steep and long mountain pass. That was running IDP's Tow tune and the atlas 40. But that's the beauty of owning the tuner you can tweak it until you find the sweet spot which will be different on all trucks


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Just wish it was a little cheap, 400 is alot for just 4 tunes and some monitering

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S&B intake
CFM+ INTAKE ELBOW
4" TURBO BACK STRIAGHT PIPE NO CAT
SCT W/ VIVS TUNES
ZOODAD MOD
SUPERCHIPS DUAL LAZER GAUGE (EGT&BOOST)
ford blue spring
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