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Old 04-24-2012, 11:39 AM
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Eco or Tow Tune? Daily Driving

Hey all, I had a general question that I have seen mixed emotions on. For a daily drive tune (max of 15 in town miles daily), would you drive with a Economy or Tow tune? I am currently running an Edge Evolution #15003 (I know know, let the SCT comments roll) and here are the tune settings:

Eco: 15HP / 50-60 (dont recall exact) Ft lbs torque
Tow: 60HP / 120 (again, dont recall exact number) Ft lbs.

I would like to see a milage gain, but if the Eco tune only gives me 1-2 MPG, its not really worth it.

What are your guy's thoughts, besides switching to SCT?

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Old 04-24-2012, 12:14 PM
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Sorry I dont know of a "right" or "safe" answer to give you with your current setup....I dont want to be "that guy" that makes you buy a new tranny down the road
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:16 PM
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I wasn't aware that I could do that!? Will it overide my canned tunes?
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I dont really know


All I know is it is the new alternative for guys that already have evolutions...And he's been getting pretty great reviews lately so I would


While your dealing with him...get a FICM tune while your at it to help some more with mpgs and a bit more response from your truck


Call and talk to Bill... He will explain all the neccesities...... all we know is hes great and he does it
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I would get rid of the canned tuning with the Edge. The main reason I say this is the advantage of SCT being able to utilize tuning the transmission, versus the programming relying on transmission relearn to adapt to the new power band.

As for your fuel mileage concern, run the highest HP tune you feel comfortable with. Here's why I say this. Under my SCT street tune (approx 400HP) , I see around 10% MPG improvement over stock. With my X-Race file loaded (approx 440HP) and a responsible right foot, I see around a 15% improvement over stock.

Stock: 12.5 mpg city / 14.8 mpg interstate
Street: 13.4 mpg city / 16.2 mpg interstate
X-Race: 14.2 mpg city / 16.8 mpg interstate

Real World results with an SCT and IDP tuning, on a 8050# dually with 4.30 gears.
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Colo Dually, when you are in the street tune or the extreme street do you take advantage of any of the options such as transmission firmness or increase of pressures? I just installed mine and really didn't know if I should click on those options.

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Colo Dually, when you are in the street tune or the extreme street do you take advantage of any of the options such as transmission firmness or increase of pressures? I just installed mine and really didn't know if I should click on those options.

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I have the regular street, reason being is I still retain some towing capabilities with the tune. (IDP recommends staying under 8K if I remember right, with street.) With my X-Race file (which is my daily driver), the transmission shifts very firmly and quick, and the TC locks up in 2nd gear. With this file I can avoid smoking at all and drive like anyone else, and still have a lot of power available.

I do not alter any of the other parameters as of right now, I don't hit the track much or show off. I'd have no way of telling for curtain that an adjustment would be beneficial. If you are to start manipulating it, I recommend giving the transmission time to learn the original program. Then if you feel like you want to mess with options you have a baseline of how the program works, and can get at least a driver's feel of any gain or loss. It would be easy enough to return to the baseline program later.
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I have been running the Evolution canned Tow tune for 2 years. The truck gets around 20MPG on the interstate and has a significant increase in power over stock. The trannie shifts much firmer as well. No smoke either. I like the fact that for less than $400 you get a tuner and gauages. I wouldnot go beyond the Tow tune because of the trannie issues that I have heard of.
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