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post #1 of 37 Old 09-18-2013, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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TO FICM TUNE OR NOT TO FICM TUNE THAT IS THE QUESTION!!

I know this has been covered many TIMES with no real answers to the question from the tuners or people like INOVATIVE or PHP or VIVIAN or MATT @ GEARHEAD and so on I APOLOGIZE IF I LEFT SOMEONE OUT IF I DID PM ME AND I WILL AD YOU. So here it is!!!!!

1) On a heavily modified and tuned trucks with a stock ficm IS FICM TUNING ADVISABLE being injection PW timing is already changed ?

2) If you can do it to a heavily tuned truck, would you do atlas 40 or 60 or NONE AT ALL ?

3) Has anyone tested this while live tuning ?

4) When is it advisable for the new comers to the ORG to use a ficm tune.

Reason I ask is I have tried atlas 40 , 60 , 80 and last one and it seems to hurt my performance not help.

Last I would really like the input from the professionals that tune just a little bit of your time on this subject I'm sure would be GREATLY APPRECIATED BY ALL ON THE ORG!!

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I really hope this produces some good information!!

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For larger injectors I would only suggest idp's firm programmer simply because Eric designs those tunes for larger injector/nozzle combos.
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For larger injectors I would only suggest idp's firm programmer simply because Eric designs those tunes for larger injector/nozzle combos.
Hey your BACK!!! Yes im hoping that the tuners chime in as I want a fact based discussion on what they see work and not! They live tune and really now what works and doesn't. I may have a php gryphon ficm tuner for sale soon you now cac fund!!


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Interesting cause I'm on the fence about a FICM tune... Have been for awhile though

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Small ficm tune like ID's mild tuning....that's what I have and love it. I wouldn't run a 6L without ficm tuning....makes the truck run so much better IMO!

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I agree with Chris. I have IDP's mild FICM tuning and I wouldn't run a 6.0 with out it. I've tried PHP's FICM tunes and didn't like any of them. I agree with you Dale, they all seemed to not give me anymore power and in the case of the Atlas 80 and Hercules 100, they just gave me more heat. I had my IDP tune before I had PHP tunes so I just put my IDP one back on (as the PHP tuner thought that was my stock one) and sold my tuner. I have no plans to change the tuning in my FICM regardless of how big I go on injectors.

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I had IDP's older moderate FICM tune on my stock FICM and didn't like it at all. Made my cold starts harder and the injectors sound horrible, but I find all of Eric's tunes do that to my truck. PHP's Hercules on top of a high power ECM tune made my truck lope really bad at idle and I have since dropped it back to the 40hp tune.
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Lets keep in mind that almost all of the above posters have bigger than stock injectors, which effects FICM tuning.


Trucks running stock injectors will notice different results when compared to trucks with bigger injectors.


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Good thread Dale!

I too have been on the fence about a FICM tune. I am running stock turbo, injectors, and TTY bolts, so I have really only been considering the Atlas 40.

I am sure there is going to be some very good information in this thread.


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