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post #1 of 65 Old 03-21-2014, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, I just went from an XRT to Spartan tunning with the nDash module on my '09. I do not like it one bit, but i am willing to wait it out and hear what ya'll have to say before i go a different rout with it.

I tried the 300 tune and the motor seemed to handle it pretty well, but the transmission hated it. I did the re learn like the sticky suggested and added 1/2Q of ATF, and it didnt seem to clear up after doing so. I have only put around 20 miles on the tune. I spoke with spartan and they advised me to drive on it for 7-10 days and it should adapt to my driving habits. Has anyone else noticed the transmission shift better after driving on it a little while? This thing tosses me around in my seat trying to find the next gear. From 40mph and up, i can stomp on it and it does pretty good. but from a dead stop, it slams and revs high before going into the next gear. My xrt with the transmission tunning was a lot smoother. Any ideas?

Also, how does a guy just get use to the injector rattle in the 310 and higher tunes? I know its not harming the motor, but it sure doesnt sound healthy. Any input will be much appreciated. I know Spartan does good work, because i read up on a lot of sites that people love it. I WANT to love it, just want to know if im doing something wrong here.
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traction bars and should get better with time

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The transmission should shift more consistent and smooth after about 100 miles or so.

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ive got traction bars (pro comp) although i hate the traction bars. I get some vibration at low speeds and a faster vibration when i stop on it at higher speeds after installing the Tbars. but thats for a different thread. I will try it out and see how it shifts over time. I just dont want to be driving around a truck that is so uncomfortable to drive all the time.
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For me I liked the h&s trans tuning over spartans trans tuning. Spartans shifts where to harsh for me and I had traction bars to. For a dd I would go back to h&s or run a 210 or under tune on the spartan as the 210 had good shifting

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I'm running the 250EL tune shifts great, firm but no issues with the rev slam. Give it some time and miles. Mine never had the rev slam issue but I can say that after 120 miles it smoothed out even more.

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In for this thread. I just picked up a spartan this week for the new to me 08 that I traded my 6.0 for.
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When I first installed mine it was the same way. I was worried, but was told to give it some time.

Truck specs are in my sig, 3.73 rear end, and I run the 300EL (all HWY MPG). I've been told the EL (Early Lock) is best for 3.55 & 3.73...but ultimately it's preference.

Mine had the same symptoms as yours but I put a hundred more miles on it and it's DEFINITELY shifting better. I say give it a little more time.


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When I first installed mine it was the same way. I was worried, but was told to give it some time.

Truck specs are in my sig, 3.73 rear end, and I run the 300EL (all HWY MPG). I've been told the EL (Early Lock) is best for 3.55 & 3.73...but ultimately it's preference.

Mine had the same symptoms as yours but I put a hundred more miles on it and it's DEFINITELY shifting better. I say give it a little more time.


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I really appreciate your response. I run the 275el tune and I testedI it some more yesterday, and I got on it to try it out after driving around for a little bit, and around 50mph it couldn't decide what gear to shift to. So I came to a complete stop and just tried driving normal, and the dam thing was stuck in 2nd or 3rd gear i believe. It was moving so slow and wouldn't wrap up. I knew it wasn't in 1st. But I'm still willing to give it some more time and see how it is. I just don't know if I got a weird set of tranny tunes or something.

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Give it time, It smooths out. I really never have any issues with shifting on any tune I run, went with PMF trac bars and pretty much did away with all harsh shifting.

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