Programmers & Electronics Buyer’s Guide – JET, Bully Dog, Edge

Electronic programmers and modules are key components in the modern world of computer controlled automobiles. Today's programmers are designed to maximize both the power and efficiency of your vehicle's powertrain. They also play a key role in maximizing the power you can gain from bolt-on performance items such as intakes and exhausts. Whether your goal is to maximize power, fuel economy, or both there is a vast market of available programmers to suit your needs.

Programmers & Electronics Overview

Programmers and Modules: What's the difference?

Programmers - Programmers are generally devices that work in conjunction with your vehicle's data port. Programmers access the vehicle's onboard computer via the vehicle's data port changing parameters within the ECU, resulting in different tunes. In general, they do not offer shift-on-the-fly power levels and tune changes are done with the vehicle off.

  • Connect via the vehicle's data port
  • No permanent attachment to vehicle
  • Changes ECU parameters, resulting in different tunes
  • Multiple tunes available
  • Internet Updateable
  • No shift-on-the-fly power levels (generally)

Modules - Modules offer many of the same benefits as programmers; however, they are wired into the vehicle and work with the vehicle's ECU, changing its parameters to increase vehicle performance. Many of today's modern modules come with digital displays and loads of functions, ranging from monitoring vehicle systems to analyzing 1/4 mile times to coaching your driving to increase your fuel economy. Being semi-permanently wired in modules gives you the ability to change power levels on the fly, whether it is by a dash-mounted switch or a fancy touch screen display.

  • Semi-permanent attachment to vehicle
  • Works with the vehicle's ECU
  • Shift-on-the-fly power levels
  • Available digital displays for monitoring and tuning
  • Internet Updateable
  • Multiple tunes

Programmers and Modules both are typically internet updateable via manufacturer's websites, allowing you access to the latest tunes for your vehicle or new applications. Both typically offer multiple vehicle tunes from mild to wild. Whichever direction you decide to go, there are plenty of options available right at your fingertips.

What to look for in a Programmer

Vehicle Performance - Some programmers have evolved into monitoring stations that allow you to keep in touch with your vehicle. These premium dash- or window-mounted programmers will help you keep an eye on how your vehicle is performing while giving you enhanced performance at the same time.

Updateable - Some companies offer performance updates that can be downloaded from their websites for free.

Fuel - Some programmers require that you use higher octane fuel in order to achieve the maximum horsepower benefit.

Performance Levels - Some programmers offer different levels of performance. These levels can either be adjusted “on the fly” via a switch or can be reprogrammed while the vehicle is off.

Pyrometer - Does the diesel programmer include a pyrometer to help you monitor exhaust gas temperatures?

Tire Adjustability - Does the programmer allow for tire size and gear ratio adjustments?

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Superchips

What makes Superchips the world's best-selling brand in the business? Just two things: its products and its people. With over 26 years in the business, Superchips delivers unmatched engine tuning performance with quality products built by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. If you are looking for more power, a variety of customizable settings, excellent customer service and many exclusive features, then Superchips is for you. Superchips tuning is based on optimizing the powertrain to deliver the unique combination of dramatic power gains and improved drivability. Installing a Superchips programmer is easy; just plug it in, answer a few questions about your vehicle and preferences, and in fewer than ten minutes you'll have Superchips power in your ride. Experience the difference today.

  • Cortex is the best street-legal programmer you can buy with an industry first two-year powertrain warranty. Select from custom engineered street & track performance, towing power, or fuel economy tunes and a variety of adjustable features to personalize your experience. Advanced features include: tire size and gear ratio calibration, shift point adjustment, shift firmness, speed limiter and rev limiter, and the ability to read and clear trouble codes. It acts as a data acquisition information hub, real-time sensor monitor, and delivers vehicle performance stats like 1/4 mile and 0 - 60 times.

  • The Superchips Flashpaq is the number one selling programmer, period, and there is no hard part in the industry that can give you more power per dollar. But if you like hard parts, Flashpaq works with almost every cold air intake, low-restriction exhaust system, and even some aftermarket throttle bodies. Choose from multiple power levels and a variety of user-tunable options. If you're burning gasoline, Flashpaq gives you dyno-proven power for either 87-Octane or 91-Octane, and a custom-engineered towing file for truck and SUV drivers. Diesel burners can choose from max performance, towing, or economy tunes.

  • Superchips Jeep Flashpaq optimizes on and off-road performance to deliver the most reliable and capable power in the industry. Your Jeep operates under demanding conditions and Superchips delivers. Tune for improved day-to-day performance, towing, fuel economy, or even select Superchips exclusive crawl tunes for serious off-road adventures. The Jeep Flashpaq includes 4-HI axle locking on Rubicon, real-time idle control to run accessories, and tire, axle gear, and transfer case gear plus many more unique Jeep tuning features. Experience the Superchips difference today.

Banks Power

For huge performance gains and optimum engine output, no one does power like Banks does. Featuring an extensive line of Banks tuners for optimizing engine power and efficiency, each Banks tuner is custom-engineered to give you fast and easy horsepower and torque gains in just minutes. Available in a variety of configurations, Banks tuners offer industry-leading performance far beyond what their competitors offer. No other engine tuners offer bigger gains, and no other manufacturer has the same reputation for performance as Banks. Stick with a proven winner in Banks tuners and watch your horsepower numbers skyrocket.

How to Install a Banks PDA Tuner
  • The all new Banks iQ represents the reinvention of the art and science of vehicle-user-interface. We've given Banks iQ the power of a true PC and opened up an entirely new world. It's not just information; it's total control. Use the Banks iQ 5” color touchscreen to adjust power levels, control downhill cruising speed, adjust braking intensity, custom-tune numerous performance parameters, measure vehicle performance, read your altitude- and GPS-corrected speed, and so much more, all on the fly! Listen to music, watch videos, play games, and review Microsoft® Office documents. Banks iQ opens a window into the vital inner workings of your vehicle's ECU, letting you see what's beyond your dashboard gauges. Set audible alarms, read and clear trouble/diagnostic codes, log data, and measure horsepower and acceleration while even customizing your own layout, content, and colors! To top it all off, the Banks iQ Dashboard PC is available with both the Banks Six Gun and the Economind line of tuners.

  • Announcing the last word in programmers for your 1999 - 2003 Ford Power Stroke pickup. The Banks AutoMind programmer comes "ready to run" with pre-loaded power for your 7.3 liter diesel with towing, sport, or economy settings right out of the box, and right for the job at hand! Its calibrations were developed with power and increased MPG in mind. The AutoMind can also display a host of critical engine functions and provide "service technician" diagnostic capabilities with its ability to scan and clear vehicle trouble codes. Intense, usable, real Banks horsepower...It's in the DNA!

    • The latest in handheld Flash tech
    • Pre-loaded with dyno-proven tuning files
    • Instantly checks and clears OBDII diagnostic trouble codes
    • Full speed limiter adjustment capabilities
    • Built-in on-screen real-time data
    • THREE complete custom tunes:
      - Tow (40 hp)
      - Street (90 hp)
      - Performance (110 hp)
    • OEM factory PCM tune data backed-up for quick and trouble-free return to stock settings
    • And best of all, there's legendary Banks engineering and quality throughout

Hypertech

Get the most bang for your buck from the leader in high-performance tuning products. Hypertech Power Programmers deliver more power per dollar than any other bolt-on modification you can make. Plus, with the increased fuel mileage it pays for itself in less than a year! For over 25 years, Hypertech has developed specific tuning optimization techniques that maximize engine power and efficiency. Optimized means that it just can't get any better!

  • Use Less Fuel and Get More Power with the Hypertech E-CON™ Economy Power Programmer. This programmer is designed for the driver who needs better fuel mileage and more power, but doesn't want to pay for other high-performance features they may not need. Every E-CON™ is programmed with Hypertech Max Energy Tuning. Max Energy tuning extracts every bit of energy possible out of every molecule of fuel, giving you more miles at part throttle and more power at wide-open throttle. Hypertech customers claim 1 to 2 MPG gains for gas applications using regular fuel and 2 to 5 MPG gains for diesel.

    • Regular/Premium/E-85 tuning for gas vehicles
    • Read, display, & clear DTCs
    • Easy plug-and-go installation
    • Internet updateable
    • Internet upgradeable to a Max Energy
    • 30-day satisfaction money back guarantee
    • Will not void factory warranty
  • Max Energy Tuning extracts every bit of energy possible out of every molecule of fuel in order to increase engine efficiency, horsepower, and torque. Hypertech-optimized power tuning delivers excellent power gains (horsepower and torque), great drivability with smooth transmission operations, and can be used for towing up to the maximum weight specified by the vehicle manufacturer. Hypertech delivers the most power for towing, period! Plus, many other adjustable features:

    • The most power for towing, period!
    • Adds up to +176 hp for diesels
    • Adds up to +54 hp for 89/91 and E85
    • Increases fuel mileage 2 - 4 MPG
    • Adjusts cooling fan "on/off" temps
    • Reads, displays, & clears DTCs
    • Easy plug, push, and go installation in less than 15 minutes
    • Internet updateable
    • 30-day satisfaction money back guarantee
    • Will not void factory warranty

Edge

Get enhanced performance, improved vehicle efficiency, and significant gas mileage gains with Edge products. Edge's lineup of proven performance electronics components let you to take control of your vehicle and recalibrate stock settings, allowing you to tune your performance for more horsepower, gas mileage, or towing efficiency. Edge electronics have been tested to provide as much as 7% instant gas savings right out of the box, along with a number of other performance enhancements.

  • CS Power Programmer by Edge
    Evolution / Juice with Attitude

    The Edge CS in-cab controller, monitor, and digital gauge display features a full-color, high-resolution 2.4-inch, button-controlled screen. Each CS features a ruggedized case, user-friendly buttons, an easy-to-navigate menu, and a light sensitivity meter that automatically adjusts the brightness for improved viewing for day and night driving.

    • Full-color, high-resolution, button-controlled 2.4-inch screen
    • Multiple power levels for mileage, towing, and performance
    • Available for gas and diesel applications
    • Compatible with optional EGT pyrometer for engine protection
    • Includes light sensitivity meter to dim screen as ambient light decreases
    • Internet updateable
    • Displays and clears Diagnostic Trouble Codes
    • Displays Alerts and Records such as RPM, MPH, and EGT
    • 0-60 and 1/4-mile performance test with drag-strip, christmas tree lighting
    • Displays up to 8 parameters at a time in digital display mode
    • Monitors and displays Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) status on new emission diesel trucks
  • Edge CTS Power Programmer
    Evolution / Juice with Attitude

    The Edge CS in-cab controller, monitor, and digital gauge display features a full-color, high-resolution 2.4-inch, button-controlled screen. Each CS features a ruggedized case, user-friendly buttons, an easy-to-navigate menu, and a light sensitivity meter that automatically adjusts the brightness for improved viewing for day and night driving.

    • Full-color, high-resolution, button-controlled 2.4-inch screen
    • Multiple power levels for mileage, towing, and performance
    • Available for gas and diesel applications
    • Compatible with optional EGT pyrometer for engine protection
    • Includes light sensitivity meter to dim screen as ambient light decreases
    • Internet updateable
    • Displays and clears Diagnostic Trouble Codes
    • Displays Alerts and Records such as RPM, MPH, and EGT
    • 0-60 and 1/4-mile performance test with drag-strip, christmas tree lighting
    • Displays up to 8 parameters