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Old 10-18-2010, 08:58 PM
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Tune level for moderate loads and towing

Hello everyone,

I have a Spartan and at times tow about 4k or payload of about 1000# or more. I like to run the lower tunes, to be safe and cycle to egr...where should I stop as far as tune level? What do I need to keep an eye on besides egt to be safe. I need this last....I really like this truck compared to the gasser it replaced.
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Old 10-18-2010, 10:20 PM
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well from what ive heard most usually run the 210 tow tune, i am going to be towing this weekend for the first time with my truck with me and i would like to know for sure as well
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Old 10-19-2010, 06:11 PM
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I've been running the 210 tow tune for a little while now. When I'm towing my 12k pound toy hauler its GREAT, but when the truck is empty....not so much. During the 3rd to fourth shift(or maybe the fourth to fifth shift) the boost goes up instantly then back down and there is a noise in the cab that sounds like a a blow off valve or wastegate even thought the truck does't have one. Its better and doesn't make any strange noises if I get on it during the shifts but it not always possible to be aggressive with the throttle when driving from stop light to stop light. I'm thinking of switching to the 250 tune during the week and back to the 210 tow for the weekend towing duties , but I am a little concerned about swapping tunes that often.
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Old 10-19-2010, 07:23 PM
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I tow my 7,000lb travel trailer on the 250HP tune and it does awesome. I usually never have a down shift and the truck just cruises along at 70mph without a problem. I have never had any temperature issues either. For gauages, I watch my EGT's, EOT, and ECT. The trans shifts a bit firm in the 250 tune but the power and way it tows is awesome. You can tow that load on the 250 setting just fine. Just do it smartly. My EGR still cycles in the 250 setting as well. Only thing the 250 setting doesn't have is safety's built into it like the 210 tune does.
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so if i were to tow 5k lbs would i be fine with the 210
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:50 AM
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Yes, you should tow with no problems on the 210. Guys on here are towing 12,000+ pounds on the 210 tune with no issues. Like I said, I use the 250 tune all the time and it tows great and never once has givein me a problem.
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youll be fine with the 210 or 250. I pull 10k 5th wheel with with the 275 and like it better than the others. The 250 and up dont have the safties built in so you have to be smart and watch your gauges.
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Old 10-20-2010, 12:18 PM
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i use the 250 for a daily driver AND for pulling my 10K lbs toy hauler. great power and still pretty low egts. the only thing i have seen that is a problem is the high trans fluid temps while city driving.
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i think ill just use the 210 tow for my 5k trailer, does the tow tune have safties in it as well? and i heard i still use tow/haul with it, is that true? thanks
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:27 PM
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If you guys tow with those big ol Spartan tunes, you think i'm ok towing 7000lbs with my H&S xrt tuner set to 120 (40HP, 80HP, 120HP)? I didn't buy the thing for all power but it is addictive and I find myself torn between the 80 and the 120. I have an aFe stage 2 on the rig as well, no cat delete just dpf delete.
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