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Performance Programmers and 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
  • 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 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
  • Internet updateable
  • Multiple tunes

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?
  • Hypertech Max Energy E-CON

    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 updateable
    • Internet upgradeable to a Max Energy Performance Tuner
    • 30-day satisfaction money-back guarantee
    • Will not void factory warranty
  • Hypertech Max Energy Power Programmer

    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
    • Internet updateable
    • 30-day satisfaction money-back guarantee
    • Will not void factory warranty
  • Hypertech Speedometer Calibrator

    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
    • Read, display, and clear DTCs
    • Easy, 15-minute, plug-push-go installation
    • Upgradeable to Max Energy Performance Tuner
    • Free online updates
    • Street legal in 50 states
    • 30-day, no-risk, money-back guarantee
  • Banks Six-Gun Diesel Tuner

    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!
    • CleanTune technology
    • Change-on-the-fly power (includes fuel economy level)
    • 0-60 mph in 30% less distance!
    • Active Safety protects engine and powertrain
    • Plus Speed-Loader upgrade
  • Banks Ottomind Power Programmer

    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 Programmer

    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 Programmer

    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.

  • Superchips Racing Diesel Tuner

    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.

  • Edge CS Power Programmer
    Edge CS Power Programmer Evolution/Juice

    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.

    • Full-color, high-resolution, button-controlled 2.4" screen
    • Multiple power levels for mileage, towing, and performance
    • Available for gas and diesel application
    • Compatible with optional EGT pyrometer for engine protection
    • Includes light sensitivity meter to dim screen as ambient light decreases
    • Internet updateable
    • 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
  • Edge CTS Power Programmer
    Edge CTS Power Programmer Evolution/Juice

    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
    • Internet updateable
    • 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
  • Bully Dog Triple Dog Gauge Tuner

    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.

    • Huge horsepower and torque gains
    • Improved engine efficiency
    • Four on-the-fly power levels
    • Safety defueling
    • Loads of download features
    • Display more than 15 vehicle parameters
    • Read and erase DTCs
    • Vehicle performance testing
    • Exclusive driving coach feature
    • Full-color display with multiple color themes
    • Easy installation
    • Free Internet updates and upgrades
    • Initiate DPF burnoff on 2009 GM and Dodge diesel
  • Pro Comp Power Pro

    Pro Comp Power Pro tuners are state-of-the-art engine management tools that deliver extraordinary power and torque gains, unparalleled transmission controls, and improved fuel efficiency. Power Pro tuners feature advanced plug-and-play technology for easy installation. They allow you to tune your vehicle for use with regular or premium fuels. Once plugged in, users can raise or lower rev and top-speed limiters, increase or decrease transmission shift points and shift firmness, and calibrate the speedometer and odometer for tire size and/or differential gear changes. Power Pro tuners can also read and clear vehicle DTCs. All engine and vehicle operations work exactly the same, except your engine and transmission will now work more efficiently, which equals more power, more torque, and better mpg! Get optimized performance and improved drivability at the push of a button with Pro Comp Power Pro tuners.

  • Pro Comp Accu Pro

    Are you installing larger tires and wheels on your vehicle? If so, the Pro Comp AccuPro is for you! This calibration tool is the first of its kind. Compact and easy to use, the AccuPro instantly corrects the part-throttle shifting, as well as the speedometer and odometer readings when non-stock tire sizes and/or non-stock gear ratios are installed. No more wondering how fast you're traveling or what the true miles on your vehicle really are. Get accurate as required by law; get AccuPro!

  • DiabloSport Trinity Tuner and Dashboard Monitor

    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
    • Monitor: 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
  • JET Performance Programmer

    The JET Performance Programmer lets you take control and program your own vehicle computer to match your driving style. JET's exclusive Tri-Power tuning allows you to program for performance using lower cost, regular octane fuel. Or, for optimal performance gains, you can program for midgrade or premium fuels. All three tuning modes are designed to operate the engine at peak efficiency based on the octane level being used, to improve horsepower and mileage. The advanced technology and design of the JET Programmer gives you the ability to modify air and fuel ratios, ignition timing, shift points, shift firmness, speed limiter, and rev limiter settings. The programmer will also correct your speedometer and turn off the ABS system trouble light if you change tire size or gear ratios on some models. It also includes a built-in scan tool to read and clear DTCs when your check-engine light comes on, saving you a costly trip to the dealer. The programmer simply plugs into the vehicle's diagnostic port under the dash and then the easy-to-use installation software allows you to make your changes by answering simple yes or no questions. Take the next step in performance tuning with the JET Performance Programmer!

    • Add up to 100 horsepower and 168 lb-ft. of torque instantly!
    • Tri-Power performance tuning modes for regular, midgrade, or premium fuels; diesel models feature five different performance levels, 30-100 hp
    • Raise or lower top speed and rev limiter!
    • Correct speedometer and turn off ABS light after making gear ratio or tire size changes
    • Modify transmission shift points and shift firmness
    • Read and clear factory DTCs (turn off check-engine light)
    • Change electric fan turn-on temperature
    • User-friendly programming procedure
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