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First impression-FICM REPAIR/ATLAS 40 tune

Installed my rebuilt FICM last night, Ed Stefan, as usual, came through in a timely manner. I was concerned my truck would be down for the big "Superstorm Sandy" event, but I was pleased to see the FICM here when I got home yesterday.

Put it in last night, (boy that last plug is a pain in the azz with that coolant line hanging over the FICM) plugged everything back in. I had my batteries on charge while the FICM was out for repair, so I disconnected them while I worked to allow for a VCT re-learn when I restarted. The truck started right up, and sounded great, FICM voltage holding 47-48.5. I allowed the truck 5 minutes idle time to re-learn then went for a 20 mile test drive of different driving conditions. (pulling grades, full throttle, etc) I was impressed right away with throttle response, it was definitely improved, not astounding, but snappier. The truck definitely had better torque, I noticed much less push on the accelerator to get up to speed and hold speed. What was wild though, was on a smooth, straight, stretch of road wet from the storm, I kicked it into passing gear, and the rear got squirrelly at 65-70 mph! YOWSER! It never did that before, and my tires are in great shape. Overall, I can see where the Atlas 40 will save fuel, (with less throttle input) and will definitely pull better (PHP's graph of the Atlas 40 shows a HP increase to 365, and torque to 700 lbft, YEOW!) Did I experience stunning performance? No. Improved, definitely. I feel it is definitely worth the extra coin if you need the FICM repaired anyway. I'm still running my stock exhaust and cat, I'm planning on getting a cat delete pipe, I'll see if that untaps a little more juice. But overall, I'm very happy with the results, thanks Ed and PHP, nice package!

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Glad to see your happy with your FICM tune!

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I like the tune also. It goes good when you stack it with another custom tune like from Vivian or the like. Stack the stacks on top of stacked stacks.

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Did same repair/tune in september by Ed with same results as you described. Very pleased also. A digging bar fit into the cat on my 05, that and a sledge hammer emptied it out, then reinstalled it on truck.
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This is the mod I want to do and will do. I just have to wait unil my FICM gets worse.

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I should have mine back Friday....I hope I am as happy.
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Installed my rebuilt FICM last night, Ed Stefan, as usual, came through in a timely manner. I was concerned my truck would be down for the big "Superstorm Sandy" event, but I was pleased to see the FICM here when I got home yesterday.

Put it in last night, (boy that last plug is a pain in the azz with that coolant line hanging over the FICM) plugged everything back in. I had my batteries on charge while the FICM was out for repair, so I disconnected them while I worked to allow for a VCT re-learn when I restarted. The truck started right up, and sounded great, FICM voltage holding 47-48.5. I allowed the truck 5 minutes idle time to re-learn then went for a 20 mile test drive of different driving conditions. (pulling grades, full throttle, etc) I was impressed right away with throttle response, it was definitely improved, not astounding, but snappier. The truck definitely had better torque, I noticed much less push on the accelerator to get up to speed and hold speed. What was wild though, was on a smooth, straight, stretch of road wet from the storm, I kicked it into passing gear, and the rear got squirrelly at 65-70 mph! YOWSER! It never did that before, and my tires are in great shape. Overall, I can see where the Atlas 40 will save fuel, (with less throttle input) and will definitely pull better (PHP's graph of the Atlas 40 shows a HP increase to 365, and torque to 700 lbft, YEOW!) Did I experience stunning performance? No. Improved, definitely. I feel it is definitely worth the extra coin if you need the FICM repaired anyway. I'm still running my stock exhaust and cat, I'm planning on getting a cat delete pipe, I'll see if that untaps a little more juice. But overall, I'm very happy with the results, thanks Ed and PHP, nice package!
I did the same last night and i would have to agree. The Atlas tune is the only tune Im running now, I did a 250 mile trip today and hand calcuated 21.3 MPG @ about 73 MPH. Thats 4MPG better then before.

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only tuning my truck has is the atlas 80 ficm tune and it made a huge difference from stock.. and i gained 3mpgs.
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