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Best Tuner and why?

So.... Who do you feel is the best tuner out there and why.

I want to know real reasons why and not just because.

I want to know if you have ran any other tuners to compare and who they where.

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This thread will only remain open if discussion can be civil with facts and issues, not heresay or opinions.

In otherwords...if you can add something useful to this thread...post it up. If all you want to do is fan the tuner flames...well...you can stay out voluntarily or we can help you stay out voluntarily.

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Ok I will start. I have ran the following

Bully Dog Power Pup - Ran this when I 1st got my truck. Had it on the truck for 10 mins and it didn't run right. White smoke and rough idle. Sent it back to an Edge.

Edge - About the same as the Bully Dog but it idled fine. Just wasn't happy with the way it ran and shifted.

TS Chip - Ran it for about 2 weeks till my tranny took a crap. Blew out OD then found out they suck when I found TDS. Sold it.

DP Tuner - Ran it for 2 years. Was happy with the power and the shift points. Always questioned the injector noise between the different setting. Ended up cracking all 8 pistons and both heads. Never over heated the truck or anything so it wasnt high EGT's. It was just piss poor tuning IMO. Bad star pattern burnt onto the pistons caused by to much timing. Then found out the injector noise was from to much ICP.

Now running a chip from Matt at Gearhead Automotive. I can't compare it stock to stock with the DP Tuner but the truck runs SO much better. No injector chatter or anything. The throttle is not tuchy like the DP was and way less smoke even with the 238 hybrids. Matt's tuning was so good that when I went to get live tuned by him there was not much more he could do to improve it. It was already perfect and hit over 500hp on the 1st run on the dyno.

So there are the tuners I have ran an my experiences.

I have a few friends with Powerstrokes. One with a chip from DI and the other from PHP. I have drivin them both. Both are very nice. The only complants I have is the DI Chip the idle is choppy but its not stock injectors and the other with the PHP the TC lockup is kinda hard but he dont have a shift kit or anything.

So please share some of your stories

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This thread will only remain open if discussion can be civil with facts and issues, not heresay or opinions.

In otherwords...if you can add something useful to this thread...post it up. If all you want to do is fan the tuner flames...well...you can stay out voluntarily or we can help you stay out voluntarily.

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I just found out that the previous owner put an ATS chip rated at 50 hp on my truck.

It ran just fine until about December 08, when all of a sudden the truck would only occasionally start. It took me 8 months to figure out what was causing my problems. To be fair, I don't think it was the chip that caused the problems, but the fact that it was coming loose.

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So.... Who do you feel is the best tuner out there and why.

I want to know real reasons why and not just because.

I want to know if you have ran any other tuners to compare and who they where.
I have had a edge evolution tuner and there was nothing wrong with it other than the fact it was generis tunes. If you are looking for good tunes IMO get a 6 position chip from one of the vendors and have custom tunes put on it for a similar price. and they can be easily reburned if needed, although there are some tuner out there only a few people can write tunes to them.


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Answer's in my signature.

Ran multiple tuners on the same setup, this one's the best for my driving styles.

Matt's tuning was PERFECT out of the box. You can't ask for more than that.

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I have had a edge evolution tuner and there was nothing wrong with it other than the fact it was generis tunes. If you are looking for good tunes IMO get a 6 position chip from one of the vendors and have custom tunes put on it for a similar price. and they can be easily reburned if needed, although there are some tuner out there only a few people can write tunes to them.

Didn't you read? I have a good tuner. Probably one of the best out there

I just want other peoples opinions since it is such a heated topic. I want people to be able to share there experiences so if someone comes on here looking for a tuner they can come here and read.

Thank you for you input. Whos tuning are you running now?

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Didn't you read? I have a good tuner. Probably one of the best out there

I just want other peoples opinions since it is such a heated topic. I want people to be able to share there experiences so if someone comes on here looking for a tuner they can come here and read.

Thank you for you input. Whos tuning are you running now?

may you should fill out a signature! or state that in the post with the question it read as it if you were window shopping, or better yet do a seach on here for this subject, it comes up all the time, and maybe people wont waste their time to answer it.

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