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Old 10-29-2014, 08:04 AM   #1
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Anyone put a power chip in their tow vehicle? A little checking shows I can get one for $69 that will give me 30 hp and 30 ft/lbs increase. Mine does ok but I would like to get a little more torque out of it and a power chip is a lot cheaper than buying a new truck. Are they difficult to install?
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:38 AM   #2
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I have a BD chip in my sons 2000 f350 diesel that I purchased many moons ago. It has three program settings 40hp 80hp and 110hp. I had it programmed to the lowest setting of 40hp and it is a noticeable difference both towing and just around town. I would be weary of boasting your hp too much especially if towing as these power boosts lead to higher tranny temps. Get a good set of gauges to monitor your temps. My chip just plugs into the processor under the dash.
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:54 AM   #3
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Most newer vehicle respond better to having the computer "re flashed" with better timing table and a/f tables.

"Chips" are old school.
Handheld programers are the here and now.



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You may want to check with RAMforumz or similar forum as quite a few of the members seem to run chips. You need to be careful of some of the chips as they can give you drive-ability issues.
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You may want to check with RAMforumz or similar forum as quite a few of the members seem to run chips. You need to be careful of some of the chips as they can give you drive-ability issues.
I would also call Got a Ram - 5 Star Tuning and pick their brains. buddy called w/question for his v10, he was on phone forever with them, and they were very polite/informative.
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Chipping a gas engine is basically a waste of money. Diesels are much more modifiable and actually gain something by doing modifications.

Chips and CAI's are nothing more than placebos and a waste of money. IMO of course.
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Old 10-29-2014, 12:58 PM   #7
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Most newer vehicle respond better to having the computer "re flashed" with better timing table and a/f tables.

"Chips" are old school.
Handheld programers are the here and now.



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Yeah, that's what I thought. I am not looking for a HP gain, but thought if I could shift the torque curve down a bit I might get better power and towability. Stock my max torque is at about 3600 rpms and towing I am usually running at 1700-2200 rpms. I guess that it warrants ALOT of checking before considering it....
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Chipping a gas engine is basically a waste of money. Diesels are much more modifiable and actually gain something by doing modifications.

Chips and CAI's are nothing more than placebos and a waste of money. IMO of course.
I respectively disagree.
I re flashed my 05 6.0 silverado and observed and calculated a 1-2 mpg average gain in towing and a 2-3 mpg average in unloaded scenerios.
That's a big gain imo.

Figure this, unloaded @ 2 mpg over 26 gallons.
That's roughly 50 more miles per tank and at a tank of gas a week over 52 weeks I think the math speaks for itself.

Will you see or feel a seat of the pants feel like a diesel?
No not likely.

IMO it's worth it.

I pulled a hill in Guttenberg Iowa before and after with my 14,000 lb trailer and 2 as able to achieve 5 mph difference tune vs not flat out wot both pulls.

Anybody ever been to Guttenberg Iowa from the south knows the hill.




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Another vote for 5Star, when it comes to a tuner with a gas motor. Their good people. The tuner program they loaded, did seem to help my 2010 F150. The tranny shifts at a slightly higher rpm, finds the gears immediately when it does shift, and the throttle seems more responsive. Not so much a power gain, as tweaking what's there to work better.
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Chipping a gas engine is basically a waste of money. Diesels are much more modifiable and actually gain something by doing modifications.

Chips and CAI's are nothing more than placebos and a waste of money. IMO of course.
I also disagree....I used the programmer from Mike @ 5 Star on my V-10 and it really made a difference!
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