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post #1 of 28 Old 01-11-2009, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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I tried a search and got no luck soo, I was flipping through the Jan. issue of Diesel Power and saw a write-up on a company called Dr. Performance on page 65. They had a 'black box' that worked pretty much like a chip or tuner but it didn't reprogram the computer, it just 'tricked it' or modified the signals and added more fuel. It is not suppose to leave any traces of modifying so you would be able to keep your warranty.
Has anyone tried one of these and how well do they work? I would like to get 'some' more out of the truck but I'm not looking for 150hp/200 tq. I would rather be conservative and take care of the truck, not to mention the $2k or more I payed for the extended warranty. The article was on a 6.4 and got pretty good results. I asked about the 6.0's and they do carry two boxes for it. I just need to know how they do as far as performance and reliability. Sorry for the long post but my curiosity is killing me.
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They work and it sounds like it would suit your wants well. Since they intercept the signals and modify them they leave no footprint that I am aware of on the computer. I have no experience with dr but have run a different brand and they do well. You wont have all of the performance that you could get from a custom tuner but if it isnt what your looking for and you dont want to worry about warranty issues then you would be happy.

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That's great, all I'm looking for is enough power to turn the tires over, if floored from a dead stop. I have a Lightning with a 6lb pulley if I need serious speed. I don't daily drive either one of them so I may give them a call.
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SCT is the only way to go for any kind of power modification for a 6.0 no matter if you are going for a world record or just a Daily Driver with a bit more power

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You don't want something that just intercepts and modifies the signals. That can lead to a whole hosts of problems that will have your truck in the shop more then you'll be driving it. Plus devices like that have been known to wreck havoc on the torqshift if you have the auto tranny.

If your going to play around with this stuff do it right the first time or don't do it at all.

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You don't want something that just intercepts and modifies the signals. That can lead to a whole hosts of problems that will have your truck in the shop more then you'll be driving it. Plus devices like that have been known to wreck havoc on the torqshift if you have the auto tranny.

If your going to play around with this stuff do it right the first time or don't do it at all.
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That's what I used on the Lightning and I had no problem blowing the factory warranty since it was half gone anyway. I actually extended the warranty on this truck and hate to 'void' it due to a tuner. Lightnings aren't known to leak oil and the other problems that are associated with the 6.0's. I like this truck but I don't trust my luck with it, especially since I bought it used. It already has an oil leak to be addressed.I may not do anything if it will screw up the transmission. Is there a way to use the SCT programmers and not leave any 'codes' for it behind? Mod friendly sealers don't seem too common around here.

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Is there a way to use the SCT programmers and not leave any 'codes' for it behind? Mod friendly sealers don't seem too common around here.

A good tech will still be able to find some tall tale signs of a tuner being used, even the "box" that you mentioned would be detectable especially if you used it on a 6.0 when they go digging to do the heads that were just shoot because of said "box".

Now as far as just codes, when I had SCT, it didn't set off any codes so in that respect I think your covered. However, like I said there are other ways to go "digging" around if they really wanted too(which they probably would if your in there for a major drivetrain warranty issue).

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