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Old 03-07-2008, 01:41 PM   #1
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Using programmer for tow vehicles

Not sure how many of you guys and gals out there are car buffs... But I was curious if anyone is using a programmer to get more power out of their trucks. I have a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 with the 5.9L gas engine. I see that Superchips makes a setup with a "Tow Performance" option.

Just curious!


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Old 03-07-2008, 01:50 PM   #2
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The locals that I have talked with say they are great if you have a diesel but are of no value on a gas engine. I have asked about this a lot and always get the same answer. One truck assessory store (supposed to be the local guru) says he can give you a minimun of 100 horsepower with the programmer but would not waste his time putting one on a gas burnner. Therefore, I have quit asking about them and ask "Where is the next gas station". Hope this is some help.

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Old 03-07-2008, 04:36 PM   #3
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:52 PM   #4
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Some years ago I chipped a 97 5.0L AWD Ford Explorer that was already a gas guzzler. It did increase the horse power, but I had to stop at every gas station in the city. It did help a lot on the highway once you got up to speed. My buddy owned a performance shop so we played around a bit with the Diablo chip with a K&N filter. I also had a 98 F-150 that we put a throttle body extension on and it made a lot of difference in HP without a major difference in gas $$. With todays gas prices a chip that would change the shift pattern of an automatic is about all I'd consider, and an extension.
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Old 03-07-2008, 05:20 PM   #5
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Check my sig ... With my daily drive ( 70% exp ) I get 16 MPG and highway 20 MPG. Mind you my TV was rate 12/16. I would not even consider my soon-to-be TT without my tune.

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Old 03-08-2008, 04:10 PM   #6
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Our tow vehicle is a 2000 Ford Excursion 7.3L Power Stroke diesel. I use a Hypertech tuner and gain 100 hp and 165 ft. lbs torque. I tow a KZ 26P toyhauler and would not be without the tuner. We did at first tow without the tuner and the difference is amazing.

Tuner on gas is not much help. Go diesel.

The tuner also adds about 2 mpg in regular driving as well as tow.
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Old 03-11-2008, 05:24 AM   #7
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tuners and towing

the tuners are great for setting up a tow vehicle for towing RV's ect. However with experience, tuning up my "OLD 12V" '97 dodge, i found out that the tranny wont hold up to the new found power. I ended up putting a new ATS performance transmission. valve body, and Torque converter in. $2700.. OUCH
There is an article in the new Diesel performance magazine about using tuners and power adders and what the stock transmissions will hold up to. across the board (Chevy, dodge, Ford) will all hold about 50-75 more horsepower, and maybe 100 tq. After that, the experts reccommended replacing the Tq converter, upgrade the cooling system if automatic, and possibly the input shafts. If you like to use the right foot more than normal, you may be replacing tranny parts sooner than you think. (like I had to)
A $250-300 tq converter is a lot cheaper than a new tranny + installation. Believe me I've been there. Just a friendly FYI to everyone here wanting to do some tuning.
Im like everyone else, pulling 12K behind me and pullin it with the flow of traffic or staying 60mph while pulling up a 7% grade is great, but just think about whats cooking in that tranny :O(
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Old 03-21-2008, 10:51 PM   #8
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I have an 06 hemi ram 1500 q.c. shortbed, and an 08 Flagstaff V-lite 30WRLS.
I feel I need more power and stability when towing...suspension feels mushy and I don't feel safe traveling much faster than 60 mph. I think I will change the shocks, and possibly add a tuner/programmer for towing, and a dual exhaust system and an intake. My hemi is rated at 345 hp. stock, and with these mods, hopefully I can get over 400 hp. Also, any input/recommendations on the torque converter would be appreciated- Do I need to change it or not?? My trailer is rated at 5700 as delivered, and 7500 gross. Thanks,Randy
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:27 AM   #9
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I bought a Hypertech version and what a JOKE!! I can change 3 things is all on my dodge. I can select from 3 performance modes (one of which causes pinging immediately), Speed Limiter (towing that fast as if), and max RPM.

Anyhow 30 day return no questions asked and it will be going back on monday. I am going to order the Superchips because it has a lot more options. The middle grade on the hypertech did seem to make the engine run more smoothly and I did notice towing felt like it had plenty of power.

I was bringing the camper home for the first time and someone that knew me said stopped when I got home and said he tried to catch up but I must have been cruising pretty good (60mph on the back roads.).
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Old 03-23-2008, 09:35 AM   #10
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Sorry to hear of your experience with the Hypertech. I know several people that use them on Diesels including me and have great results. I suspect that it has to do with the gas engine although Hypertech usually does extensive testing before putting a tunner on the market.

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