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Third Generation Duramax Electronics/Tuners Discuss 2006-2007.5 LBZ & LLY Duramax engine electronic upgrades including chips, tuners, programmers, etc.

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Old 01-03-2013, 02:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What makes a tuner "Good"

I have a Hypertech programmer on my 2007 LBZ and have been thinking of upgrading. I know EFI live is the best, but don't want to pay for that, so I'm thinking PPE. I've read PPE and the LBZ are a perfect match.

What makes the PPE "better" than the Hypertech? I run the Hypertech on level 2 because it gives me the best mpg's and level 3 is all the power I need/want. Plus, I can tow on any level. Can someone give me specifics on what makes one tuner better than the other.

I'm all stock except for 4" MBRP exhaust and downpipe.

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Old 01-03-2013, 05:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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davisenvy,

We have our EFI Live options competitively priced with the other box programmers out there. For example our DSP5 Pre-tuned ECM for a stock transmission/stock turbo truck is available for $549.00 and our SPADE Jack with the DSP5 option is $699.00.

Our Pre-tuned ECMs are probably our most popular product because they are affordable, simple to install, and perform better than any programmer on the market. We pride ourselves on our quality of calibrations and high level of customer service. We guarantee satisfaction with all of our products.

If you have any questions please let me know, I am always happy to answer questions or help you in any way possible. I can be contacted via email ([email protected]) or at our shop by telephone (815-923-4315).

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I paid $125 for my Hypertech off Ebay. I have run it for 10k miles with no problems whatsoever. It shifts smooth and eats tires. I like the fact that it is safe on my engine and tranny. An extra 50-60hp and 2mpg gains are also OK by me.

My question is, what makes the higher dollar tuners better? More power? If I am OK with the power I'm getting from the Hypertech, would there be any other benefits from a more expensive tuner?

Salesmen, sell me your tune and explain to me why it is better than the one I am running.

Forgot to add I also have an Edge CTS gauges w/pyro
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Sorry for the delayed response, it has been a busy first half of the week.

The programmer that you have right now is set up to go into the calibration and make a set number of changes to your calibration, in other words it produces a very generic calibration. When we build a calibration we start with your stock tune file and build the calibration specifically for your model truck and the supporting mods that you have done to your truck.

Our customers that have switched from a box programmer to our tunes usually report that they are running much lower EGTs, they have access to much more power, enhanced drive-ability, smoother power distribution, and the ability to have a calibration for just about any driving situation. The end result is a happier and better performing engine and a more satisfied driver.

An extra 50-60 HP is definitely achievable depending on how you want us to set up the tune file. An additional 2 MPG maybe possible but hard to guarantee because there are many factors that we can't control that go into fuel economy.
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I have a Hypertech programmer on my 2007 LBZ and have been thinking of upgrading. I know EFI live is the best, but don't want to pay for that, so I'm thinking PPE. I've read PPE and the LBZ are a perfect match.

What makes the PPE "better" than the Hypertech? I run the Hypertech on level 2 because it gives me the best mpg's and level 3 is all the power I need/want. Plus, I can tow on any level. Can someone give me specifics on what makes one tuner better than the other.

I'm all stock except for 4" MBRP exhaust and downpipe.
I don't know why people think EFI life is expensive. It's CHEAP compared to most of the tuners out there.

I sold my PPE tuner for $300 more than what I paid for a EFI-tuned ECM with a DSP2 switch. Having that automatic turbo brake for grade braking is PRICELESS.

A tuned ECM from ATP is about half the price of what somebody else in this thread is trying to sell you. And they're some of the best tunes you can buy, unlike smany others.

Give them a call. http://atptrucks.com/
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Oh, and if you want to know what makes some of them "better", just drive some of the ones that aren't. You'll know in a big hurry! Trust me on that one!
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