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Here is basically my set up:
2006 F450 - Regularly 25 to 35,000 total weight - Tow in the Colorado Rockies - SCT Tunes - Gear Vendor OD/UD - BPD oil cooler - Studded - BPD EGR, etc...
I installed the BD-Performance Tap Shifter and have the bugs worked out. I do not have very many miles of testing / driving due to the season, but I am impressed thus far.
One of the things that frustrated me about driving the truck before the Tap Shifter was the truck "knew better" than I did, what gear it should be pulling in, and whether the converter should be locked or not. It was like driving something the government set up!
Before the Tap Shifter, on a steep pull, the truck would lose the TC lock and start building heat. It also would not stay in 4th gear. I now have control over those events. MATT helped with the SCT tuning with these problems, but it still did not afford me the control.
I need more miles and travel conditions to be able to make a complete evaluation of the Tap Shifter. So far I am impressed with the control, and the engine brake feature is a definite improvement over stock tow haul.
The customer service and support I received from BD-Performance was also worthy of compliment.
The install was relatively simple as the instructions were well written and thorough. It is NOT plug and play, but relatively simple if you follow the directions step by step.
My only criticism about the product involves the install. I was not keen on cutting the factory Ford transmission wiring harness. Not the end of the world, but I really didn't like doing that. It would probably put the product at a much higher price point, but a connector set up like Edge products uses to connect to the computers would eliminate the wire cutting, and shorten install time.
More to come this summer, but in summary, if you want/need control of that stupid D321 transmission design buy this Tap Shifter.
Last edited by 2006F450; 02-16-2016 at 07:44 AM.