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Does it hurt to keep changing your tune ??

I have a 05 f-350 powerstroke,

i got a Superchips micro tuner,

during theweek i keep it on economy & set it to max performance on weekends,

Does it hurt the computor to keep switching like that ???


One more question, what is a flash ?

is it something i need to have done ?

i hear of guys having problems after there truck has been flashed.

thanks for all your time & help, i learn alott on this sight..
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A flash is when the dealer installs (flashes) new programming to your trucks computers. They are basically software updates to fix problems with the software/hardware on the truck.

I am pretty sure everyone here will tell you to get rid of the Superchips tuner and get an SCT with custom tunes. No it probably won't hurt the computer but I wouldn't swear on the rest of the truck.
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whats wrong with the superchips ? i only paid 150 for it & i bought it for the able to read codes. it seems to make the truck run alott better but im new at this.
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Do a search, I'm sure you'll find why having a SCT is in my opinin better than having a generic based programmer. The SCT is capable of using custom tunes that you get from several different people. Once again do a search and you'll find who people like. Matt from Gearhead performance, and Eric from IDP are some of the popular ones.

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I have the Superchips flashpaq 1855...it is a good tuner for the money ($200)...and it has a safe performance tune...but it would be more like the street tune on an SCT X3. The SCT is great if you can afford it, and its what I plan on next. But the superchips tuner has suprised a lot of Dogde and Duramax and other Fords as well...I put done 713lbs of torque @ wheels with the superchips...and it firms up the tranny shifts good...Ive had it for 30,000 miles and no issues! SCT will lay close to 800lbs @ wheels in the Xtreme race file...and it is a sick but pricey tuner

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The SCT with custom tunes actually tunes your transmission as well as your computer..alot of the tuners out there just tune the computer ONLY which can be hell on a transmission...

If you read the review on the forum you will probably see that pretty much everyone on here is running a SCT with tunes from either gearhead or IDP...both have good custom tunes.

With custom tunes you can tell them exactly what mods and stuff you have done to your truck and what exactly you are looking for in a tune and the tuner will make one for you....thats the good thing about them.

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with the sct will the trany have to re-learn every time the tune is changed?
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with the sct will the trany have to re-learn every time the tune is changed?
Yep. Its not that big of a deal. I just load a tune and drive it like normal. I dont do anything special to make it "learn"

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I dont know how long the actual "learn process" is but I would take it easy the first 100 miles or so just to be safe...its not going to hurt anything if you dont but just peace of mind for me.

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I dont know how long the actual "learn process" is but I would take it easy the first 100 miles or so just to be safe...its not going to hurt anything if you dont but just peace of mind for me.
That is what im thinking. When ever I do change the flash(rare), I let it go through every gear mergin onto the highway for about 20 min (cold run and warm run) then re-start the truck before I put it through what its designed to do. This is only right after I reflash, which is not often at all.
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