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Truck Parts Home » Buyer's Guide » Performance Buyer's Guide - Programmers & Electronics

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Programmers & Electronics

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 Programmer by Superchips
      Superchips
    • 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.

    • Flashpaq Programmer by Superchips
      Superchips
    • 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.

    • Jeep Flashpaq Programmer by Superchips
      Superchips
    • 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.

    • Mileage XS Programmer by Superchips
      Superchips
    • Squeezing every last bit of energy out of a gallon of fuel for improved mileage is just as much of a science as making big horsepower gains. By tuning your vehicle's fuel injection, ignition, and transmission shift characteristics, the Mileage XS can deliver up to a 20% improvement in fuel economy for diesel trucks, and 10% for gasoline-powered cars and trucks. We also optimize the cylinder deactivation on GM and Chrysler products for more fuel-sipping 4-cylinder operation from your V-8. The Mileage XS will let you read and clear trouble codes, and you can recalibrate the speedometer if you change tire size or gear ratio, giving you more bang for the buck.

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
    • iQ Dashboard PC by Banks
      Banks Power
    • 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.

    • iQ Dashboard PC by Banks
      Banks Power
    • 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.

    • Ottomind Power Programmer by Banks
      Banks Power
    • 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 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!

    • Max Energy E-CON by Hypertech
      Hypertech
    • 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 Power Programmer by Hypertech
      Hypertech
    • 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.

    • iQ Dashboard PC by Banks
      Edge
    • 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
      Edge
    • 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 at a time in digital display mode
      • Monitors and displays Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) status on new emission diesel trucks
    • Juice with Attitude Programmer by Edge
      Edge
    • Edge’s premier product line, the Juice with Attitude, controls timing and duration of injector firing for your Duramax to deliver maximum performance, improved drivability, and better fuel economy. Get on-the-fly adjustability and monitoring capabilities at your fingertips. This plug-in module is easy to install and comes with factory style connections.

      • 6 on-the-fly adjustable power levels
      • Up to an additional 150 HP and 350 ft lb torque
      • Available with CTS and CS monitors
      • Increases fuel economy
      • Greatly improves drivability
      • Enhances towing performance
      • Excellent throttle response
      • Easy installation
      • Ships with a universal suction cup mount
      • Includes light sensitivity meter to dim screen as ambient light decreases
      • Internet updateable
    • Evolution Programmer by Edge
      Edge
    • Witness the evolution of performance. The new Edge Evolution is designed from the ground up to complement your truck. Aside from substantial power and torque gains, the Edge Evolution provides a wealth of information about your truck’s performance. Best of all, the Evolution is designed to constantly provide this information by fitting into your vehicle with a custom-designed mold that makes the Edge Evolution look like it came with your truck.

      • First programmer to read and display EGTs, probe included
      • Provides in-cab display to monitor vital engine functions
      • Three power levels
      • Ships with a custom-designed pod
      • Internet updateable
      • Displays and clears diagnostic trouble codes
      • Adjustable LED backlight color
      • Does 0-60 and 1/4-mile performance tests with the drag strip Christmas tree lighting and reaction times
      • Displays Alerts and Records such as RPM, MPH, and EGT
      • Datalogs vital engine information
      • Simple installation

Bully Dog

Built on a history of integrity, excellent customer service, and innovation, Bully Dog continues to lead the vehicle performance industry with superior products and services. Bully Dog chips & downloaders are revolutionary for being ahead of their time and doing things that no other manufacturers do. They are the only manufacturer that allows you to take their product for a free test drive with their Tri Before You Buy program, which is available at all 4 Wheel Parts retail locations. Unleash the power and performance with Bully Dog.

    • Triple Dog GT by Bully Dog
      Bully Dog
    • Triple Dog GT by Bully Dog
      Diesel / Gas

      The Bully Dog Triple Dog Gauge Tuner 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 over fifteen different vehicle parameters (PIDs) and it includes our all new Driving Coach feature, which teaches end users to maximize their vehicles' fuel economy potential. The GT performs vehicle diagnostics by reading and erasing diagnostic trouble codes; this level of vehicle transparency isn’t offered by any OEM or by any other 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 ie. Speedometer calibration
      • Displays over 15 vehicle parameters
      • Read and Erase Diagnostic Trouble Codes (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 ‘09 GM and Dodge diesel
    • Triple Dog E3 by Bully Dog
      Bully Dog
    • Triple Dog E3 by Bully Dog
      Diesel / Gas

      The Bully Dog Triple Dog E3 downloader is designed to provide added performance and economy. Everything is packed into this product, from the engine tuning to the speed limiter. Function is designed to help users achieve better fuel economy and usable performance gains. This product was also designed to accommodate a lower price point; the price has been significantly reduced from our regular Triple Dog Product line. The Triple Dog E3 carries one engine tune to make things easy for the end user. That one engine tune is adjustable on-the-fly, so the user can toggle back and forth between that tune and their stock power level, a matter of convenience. The Triple Dog E3 will work on over 20 different vehicle applications including Dodge, Ford, GM diesel pickups, and the Ford Excursion. See our vehicle application chart on the next page for full details. Choosing the stock engine tune will result in no change to engine horsepower output. All other downloader features can still be accessed if the stock engine tune is chosen. The tow or economy tune can be used for everyday driving and towing. Dynamometer testing results have shown a 50 horsepower and 100+ lbs. ft. of torque increase in rear wheel horsepower.

      Features:

      • Speed Limiter
      • Calibrate OEM speedometer
      • DPF burn-off/ Mobile De-soot (diesel applications)
      • Diagnostic Trouble Codes

Pro Comp Performance Electronics

Pro Comp, a leading manufacturer of off-road tires, wheels, and suspension kits, has joined forces with Hypertech to bring you a line of performance electronics guaranteed to perform. Whether you are looking to up your horsepower, increase your fuel economy, or simply recalibrate your speedometer for those new meaty Pro Comp tires you just bought, Pro Comp's got the tool you need.

    • Power Pro by Pro Comp
      Pro Comp
    • 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 (diagnostic trouble codes). 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.

    • Accu Pro by Pro Comp
      Pro Comp
    • Are you installing larger tires and wheels on your vehicle? If so, the Pro Comp Accu Pro is for you! This calibration tool is the first of its kind. Compact and easy to use, the Accu Pro 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 are. Get accurate as required by law. Get Pro Comp Accu Pro!

DiabloSport

Founded in 2000, DiabloSport designs and manufactures the industry's most unique line of performance products for the automotive industry. Later we merged with Autologic, another star in the field of tuning since the early '80s. DiabloSport has become a well-known leader in electronic handheld programmers of Engine Control Units for Ford, GM, and MOPAR. We are very proud to say that everything is made in-house, all the way to the smallest detail!

    • Diablosport Trinity Tuner & Dashboard Monitor
      DiabloSport
    • The DiabloSport Trinity is one of the most advanced tuning devices on the market. With 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 (only 1 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/communicate external devices such as the DiabloSport Extreme PowerPuck, DiabloSport EGT Module, and other third party devices.

      • Number of power level settings: Vehicle Dependant
      • 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: 49 States
      • High resolution 320x240 full color touch screen
      • Virtual gauges - Customize your own gauge layout
      • Virtual dragstrip - Computes 1/4 mile, 1/8 mile, 0-60, and 0-100 track times

JET Performance

Jones Electronic Technologies (JET) is a division of Jones Carbonation and Fuel Injection, a company with 28 years of experience in the performance tuning business. Our fuel system division has years of tuning expertise. As a result, we have had the privilege of tuning everything from NHRA drag race cars, off road race trucks, and Winston Cup cars to everyday performance street applications.

    • JET Performance Programmer
      JET
    • The JET Performance Programmer lets you take control and program your vehicle's computer to match your driving style. Exclusive JET 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. Also includes a built-in scan tool to read and clear diagnostic trouble codes 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!

      • Adds up to 100 horsepower & 168 ft/lbs of torque instantly
      • Tri-Power performance tuning modes for regular, midgrade or premium fuels. Diesel models feature 5 different performance levels from 30 HP to 100 HP.
      • Raises or lowers top speed and rev limiter
      • Corrects speedometer and turns off ABS light after making gear ratio or tire size changes
      • Modifies transmission shift points and shift firmness
      • Reads and clears factory diagnostic trouble codes (and turns off check engine light)
      • Changes electric fan turn-on temperature
      • User-friendly programming procedure
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