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Personally I would not get a tuner/monitor combo that has to be plugged in for the truck to run. Somebody does the 'ol smash and grab and your in instant limp mode.
Aside from the CTS, torque pro or FORScan are easy cheap monitors. However if I where going to have a phone/tablet monitoring system, I would have a dedicated device. Parring the phone to the truck all the time would be inconvenient at best.
The nice thing about the CTS is you can monitor different modules PIDs at the same time, i.e. trans temp/coolant temp/aftermarket pyro and so on. There are add on pressure sensors and its backup cam capable, there is also a maintenance minder if your into that sort of thing. You can also set alarms for different temps, i.e. EGT<1200* or EOT<230*(I'm not hip to all the apps can do but maybe TorquePro can do this?). The down side is you cannot see all live data/PIDS where you can on FORScan.
As far as shift on the fly the big advantage is if you tow heavy and drive empty, back and forth. The time it takes to lad a tune is not that big a deal IMO, but the transmission relearn every time is a PIA and likely not the easiest on the tranny. Don't tow at max gross on a race tune. If your just looking for a little better drive ability and anti after treatment then all you need is a tow tune.
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