Performance Programmers & Electronics – Hypertech, Superchips, Edge and other Performance Programmers & Electronics
Performance Programmers & Electronics – Hypertech, Superchips, Edge and other Performance Programmers & Electronics
Electronic programmers and modules are key components in today's 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 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, these do not offer shift-on-the-fly power levels and all tune changes are done with the vehicle off.
Connects via the vehicle's data port
No permanent attachment to vehicle
Changes ECU parameters resulting in different tunes
Multiple tunes available
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 with loads of functions, ranging from monitoring vehicle systems, to analyzing quarter-mile times, to coaching your driving to increase your fuel economy. Because they are semi-permanently wired in, modules give 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
Programmers and modules both are typically Internet updateable via manufacturer’s websites. This allows 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
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.
Is the programmer updateable? Some companies offer performance updates that can be downloaded from their website for free.
Some programmers require that you use higher octane fuel in order to achieve the maximum horsepower benefit.
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.
Does the diesel programmer include a pyrometer to help you monitor exhaust gas temperatures?
Does the programmer allow for tire size and gear ratio adjustments?
Use less fuel and get more power with the E-CON Economy Power Programmer. The E-CON Economy Power Programmer is designed for drivers who need better fuel mileage and more power, but don’t want to pay for other high-performance features they may not need. Every E-CON is programmed with Hypertech’s 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 1-2 mpg gains for gas applications using regular fuel and 2-5 mpg gains for diesel.
Regular/premium/E-85 tuning for gas vehicles
Read, display, and clear diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs)
Easy, plug-and-go installation
Internet upgradeable to a Max Energy Performance Tuner
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, including:
The most power for towing, period!
Adds up to 176 hp for diesels
Adds up to 54 hp for 89/91 and E85
Increased fuel mileage of 2-4 mpg
Adjust cooling fan "on/off" temps
Read, display, and clear DTCs
Easy plug, push, and go installation in less than 15 minutes
Hypertech’s Speedometer Calibrator can correct the speedometer and odometer for tires up to 54" (depending on the application) and/or non-stock rear gear ratios. This new device is engineered for consumers who want the speedometer recalibration functions of the Max Energy Programmer without the additional expense of the other tuning features.
Recalibrate speedometer/odometer for non-stock tire sizes and/or gear ratio changes
Many tuners reduce fuel delivery as exhaust gas temperatures rise, but they ignore the powertrain! Banks finds the limits of the engine and powertrain, then adds mission-critical Active Safety safeguards to Six-Gun, so it won’t exceed those limits. As a result, Six-Gun thrashes challengers, not your truck! And, with the addition of the Banks iQ Dashboard PC, you'll get a powerful micro-computer that lets you know the inner workings of your vehicle's ECU. Just select what you want to see and how you want to see it, and you are set!
Destroys the competition, not your vehicle!
Change-on-the-fly power (includes fuel economy level)
Announcing the last word in programmers for your 1999-2003 Ford Power Stroke pickup. The Banks OttoMind 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 OttoMind can also display a host of critical engine functions and provides "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 technology
Pre-loaded with dyno-proven tuning files
Instantly checks and clears OBD-II DTCs
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
Cortex is the best street-legal programmer you can buy with an industry-first, two-year powertrain warranty. Select from custom-engineered street and 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; adjust shift point, shift firmness, speed limiter, and rev limiter; and read and clear trouble codes. Works as a data acquisition information hub and real-time sensor monitor, and delivers vehicle performance stats like quarter-mile and 0-60 times.
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 drives. Diesel burners can choose from max performance, towing, or economy tunes.
The Superchips Racing tuner for Ford, GM, and Dodge diesel-powered trucks are easy-to-use and include up to four standard tunes with more extreme tunes available for purchase through Superchips' Internet software. Additional features include diesel particulate filter (DPF) management, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) management, wheel/tire and gear calibration, speed and rev limiter adjustment, diagnostic read and clear, and real-time performance monitoring for more than 20 PIDs, quarter-mile, and lap timing.
The Edge CS in-cab controller, monitor, and digital gauge display features a full-color, high-resolution, 2.4", button-controlled screen. The 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, day and night.
The Edge CTS in-cab monitor and digital gauge display is a full-color, high-resolution, 4.3" touch screen device. The CTS has all the features of a CS, but also comes equipped with a video-in port allowing users to connect to Edge’s state-of-the-art back-up camera (sold separately, including night vision and locking license plate mount) or any compatible, off-the-shelf backup camera or video source.
Full-color, high-resolution, 4.3" touch screen
Multiple power levels for mileage, towing, and performance
Available for gas and diesel applications
Video-in port that connects to Edge back-up camera, DVD player, or any other compatible camera
Compatible with optional EGT pyrometer for engine protection
Includes light sensitivity meter to dim screen as ambient light decreases
Displays and clears DTCs
Displays alerts and records such as rpm, mph, and EGT
0-60 and quarter-mile performance test with drag-strip, Christmas-tree lighting
Displays up to eight parameters at a time in digital display mode
Monitors and displays DPF status on new emission diesel trucks
The Triple Dog Gauge Tuner (GT) is a vehicle engine tuner, monitor, gauge, and diagnostic device all in a single unit. The GT dramatically improves the utility of several vehicle applications by providing an increase in horsepower and torque, and by improving fuel economy through better engine tuning. The GT monitors and displays more than 15 different vehicle parameters (PIDs) and it includes our all-new Driving Coach feature which teaches end users to maximize their vehicle's fuel economy potential. The GT performs vehicle diagnostics by reading and erasing DTCs; this level of vehicle transparency isn’t offered by any other OEM or aftermarket product. Also included is our performance testing feature designed to test a vehicle's performance capability on the drag strip. Couple this with our free PC analysis software and users can also determine vehicle horsepower. The GT does it all and it works on most late-model gas and diesel pickups.
The DiabloSport Trinity is one of the most advanced tuning devices on the market. It has the capability to tune, log, and record data; display and customize virtual gauges; read and clear trouble codes; and even compute multiple track times. The DiabloSport Trinity is the answer to all of your EFI tuning needs. Trinity supports all vehicle applications under a single part number, which means you have the option to tune multiple vehicles with only one Trinity (but only one vehicle can be tuned at any given time). With a high-resolution, color touch screen, state-of-the-art graphics/GUI, and the ability to customize gauge layouts, the Trinity enhances the interior of any vehicle. The Trinity also has the capability to control and communicate with external devices, such as the DiabloSport Extreme PowerPuck, DiabloSport EGT Module, and other third-party devices.
DiabloSport Trinity Dashboard Monitor and Tuner
Number of power level settings: vehicle-dependent
Select power level on the fly: no
Rev limiter adjustment: yes
Top speed adjustment: yes
Internet updatable: yes
Automatic transmission adjustment: yes
Approximate power gains: varies by vehicle
State legal in 49 states
High resolution, 320x240, full-color touch screen
Virtual gauges; customize your own gauge layout
Virtual drag strip; computes quarter-mile, one-eighth-mile, 0-60, and 0-100 track times
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