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Lightbulb SCT device questions and answers!

I want to start a post, which can hopefully be stickied. To answer some frequently asked questions regarding our devices and the Powerstroke community. Also, I'd like to dis-spell any rumors surrounding the use of our devices and Powerstroke trucks. The purpose of this thread is to hopefully prevent members of the PSD community from experiencing frustrations when using our devices. In addition, as we receive about 5 phone calls from diesel truck customer for every 1 gas cusotmer, it may help to reduce our call volume as well.


To start with I'd like to discuss custom tunes. It has been a huge mis-conception in the diesel community that custom tunes can be shared between vehicles. This is INCORRECT, custom tunes should always be considered vehicle specific, regardless of Year, Model, or Modifications.

We receive many phone calls from PSD owners that have purchased a device second hand, with custom tunes from one of our dealers, and after loading one of those tunes they are left with a dead truck. Obviously, this is not a very pleasant experience. Additionally, typically the truck will need to be towed to Ford for a reflash to get up and running and the tuner will need to come into us to be unlocked.

In hopes to avoid this frustration for others I am posting this here and opening up the discussion for any other questions/comments/ concerns.


Also, before anyone comments on the matter. It is POSSIBLE for custom tunes to work from vehicle to vehicle, if the strategies and other variables match. Unfortunately, there is no way for the end-user to tell what strategy and/or what modifications the tune was written for once the tunes are loaded to the device. So, ultimately it's kind of like playing Russian Roulette with your $50k truck... not a great idea.
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I have bought a used tuner with a custom tune on it, how can I find out if it will work with my truck?
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I have bought a used tuner with a custom tune on it, how can I find out if it will work with my truck?
The only way you would be able to know for certain, would be to ask the person that created the tune. Since that's not usually feasible in a situation like this, it is better to just purchase a tune that is correct for your truck. For the price of a new tune, you will be glad to not go through the aggravation of having a dead truck that has to be towed to Ford for a re-flash.

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Ken Im looking at buying an x3 sometime over the next month. Ive got roughly 25 .cef files. is there any way to transfer the files to the new unit without them all having to be re written?

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Flowmaster/MBRP Hybrid Exhaust
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Ken Im looking at buying an x3 sometime over the next month. Ive got roughly 25 .cef files. is there any way to transfer the files to the new unit without them all having to be re written?
Same here, I want to get an X3 to get the speedometer recalibration feature.

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Wouldnt it just be easier to buy a SF3 then you have the best of both worlds. You have preprogramed tunes you can use on any 6.0L. Then you could have custom tunes also if you wanted. Not trying to promote SCT but the canned tunes are pretty dang good! No? I have ran all of SCT's tunes for 6.0L and they seem to be really nice. Not too crazy but great power increase and overall seems to be safe for trucks without studs.
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