Archive for the ‘Diesel Tuner’ Category

Smarty Tuner Anyone?

December 8, 2007

So I finally convinced the buying department that is was time to start carrying the Smarty Tuner by MADS Electronics.  Now don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t pushing the buying department to buy in because I have a lot of experience with the Smarty Tuner;  I just know what it is capable of and as soon as I finish my tranny buildup, I know it’s the diesel tuner that I will want running on my Cummins.

The Smarty comes with 10 settings which offer huge power gains–up to 230hp!  In my opnion the Smarty Tuner is the closest thing to EFI Live for the Cummins (that is until the Van Aaken C5 software is released!) Here are the main selling points for the Smarty:

 

  • DTC (Diagnostic Trouble Codes) reader with on-screen plain text
    interpretation of the codes.
  • ABS programming for tire height adjustment.
  • Upgrades through built in USB connector
  • Automatic recovery of the ECM in case of an interrupted update.  
  • 3.5 – 6 minutes required to update ECM depending on truck model
  • Programmable speed limiter

 

 

Go ahead and check it out for yourself and if you have any questions let us know. Be sure to shop Parley’s Diesel Performance for all your Cummins performance needs.
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Christmas Has Come Early!

December 8, 2007

So today I came into the office and found this Hypertech Max Energy programmer on my desk. I was hoping that Santa had come early this year but being the unfortunate chump that I am, this diesel tuner just meant more work for me.  The powers that be here at Parley’s Diesel Performance, have asked me to put the Hypertech Max Energy Tuner to the test for 30-Days, just like our clients will when they try out Hypertechs 30-Day Monday back guarantee.  The real question is, when will I get a break?  I mean having to play with gadgets like the Hypertech Programmer can be a real drag but I guess I will make the most of my 30-Day Trial.

I will be testing the diesel tuner on my 2005 Dodge Ram Cummins, which is claimed to gain 174hp and between 2-6 mpg, so we will see what the results are.  Shop Parley’s Diesel Performance for all your Cummins Performance needs.

Here is what the package looks like when you open it etc…

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Quadzilla Boost Fooler = More Boost = Less Heat.

November 14, 2007

Do you feel that you have run out of ways to lower your E.G.T.’s?  Well if you drive a 03-07 Cummins, there might be one option that you have overlooked.  The Quadzilla Boost Fooler is a simple and cheap Cummins Performance mod that installs in minutes and will add a little power but most importantly will help keep your E.G.T’s low.

We have been running this mod on some of the trucks in the shop and our reports have shown that E.G.T.’s are staying about 200 degrees lower than before.  Of course, results may vary but as far as bang for the buck goes, I dont know many people who would turn down a 200 Degree drop in exhaust temperatures.  Now if you already have a box like an Edge Juice w/Attitude, or a Van Aaken Smartbox, you already have a boost fooler built in.  If you are running a programmer like the Superchips Flashpaq or the Diablo Predator you will definately want to check out the Quadzilla Boost Fooler.  Shop Parley’s Diesel Performance for all your diesel tuner upgrades.

Diesel Programmers and Tuners, It’s Just That Easy!

October 11, 2007

A lot of our clients here at Parley’s Diesel Performance have been asking just how hard it is to install and uninstall the Diesel Programmers and Diesel Tuners that they are interested in purchasing.  The other day I put together this video of me uninstalling the Diablo Predator tuner prior to taking it into the local Dodge Cummins dealership for some recall work. The best part was, they were doing some reflashing of the computer etc.. and they had no idea that it had even been on there.  For those of you wondering about the install process, we will be adding another video on how to install shortly, but the steps are close to the same and just as simple.

Diesel Power Challenge….Best of the Mediocre?

October 11, 2007

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So in this months issue of Diesel Power magazine they featured coverage of the Diesel Power Challenge 2007, and for the third Challenge in a row a Duramax drove away victorious. Coincidence? I think not. I must admit that even though I drive a Cummins now I am pretty stoked that Chevy has finally been able to stake their claim in the diesel performance market. After years of trying to convince myself and others that there was such a thing as bow tied diesel performance as I drove my 1996 6.5L GMC in high school I gave up and went the Cummins performance route.

It was just my luck that shortly after going to the “Dark Side” that GM decided to actually enter and begin dominating the diesel performance market. Duramax performance has become quite the hot topic as of late but even if you are into Powerstroke performance or cummins performance it’s hard to deny the sting left after that shiny red Duramax took its second straight challenge by storm.

Now I don’t want to get into the fact of whether or not the the Diesel Power challenge is an better test of who’s truck is actually the best or who’s truck is alright in three different areas. Most of the people into Sled Pulling or Drag racing only that I have talked to would like to take on some of the trucks who have won or placed high in the challenge in their specific event and see who came out on top.

I will leave it at that but I do want to talk about what some of the tools are that are making all these wins for the Duramax possible and what tools might be on the horizon for the Cummins to help them compete even better with the Duramax.

The Trucks that have been winning most consistently in the diesel power challenge are running a nice little program called EFI Live For those of you who drive a Duramax and dont know about EFI Live you are missing out. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have COMPLETE control over your tunes. Or have the ability to log everything your engine is doing and then build custom tunes around what you see. That is why, in my opinion at least, the Duramax has been so dominant in events like the Diesel Power Challenge because you can have a completely custom tune for each event….Easily.

So does this mean that the rest of the big three are out of luck? Well if you drive a CR Cummins Christmas is just around the corner. We have been talking to some of the Beta testers who have been testing not only the new C5 module from van aaken but the custom software that will soon be released with it as well. From what they are saying this is going to be the closest thing to EFI Live the Cummins might ever see. Now we can’t tell you much more but when the new software drops expect big things including an almost non existent red line and COMPLETE control over your Cummins.

Duramax Performance….Jr.

September 17, 2007

So we have some good news and some bad news, which would you like first? Alright, we will get the bad news out of the way first, Parley’s Diesel Performance is sad to announce that GM has sold off their Allison Transmission division. Yup, they recently sold off their commercial and military portion to the Carlyle Group and Onex Corp for 5.6 Billion Dollars. When GM was questioned as to why they were selling it off they said that it was all part of, “supporting [their] heavy investments in new products and technology.”

What kind of new products and technology might you ask?

Well that is where the good news comes in! For those of you out there who have been dreaming of a lighter duty, “hers” Duramax Diesel to match your heavier duty “His” on the driveway, you are in luck. GM has finally announced that they will be releasing a new four valve DOHC Duramax V-8 for pickups with a gross vehicle weight of less than 8,600 pounds and FOR THE HUMMER H2! This Duramax Diesel is going to be a 4.5L and will likely make more than 310hp and 520 ft-lb of torque. So for all of you Duramax Diesel Performance enthusiasts, it looks like you have yet another way to get your fix. The real question is who will be the first to step up to the plate for performance for these lighter duty Duramax Diesels. Will EFI Live be able to take the next step and let people reprogram around regen phases etc.. If you have any input let me know.

Diablo Predator Tuner Review

September 12, 2007

A couple of months ago, my boss at Parley’s Diesel Performance asked me to put the Diablo Predator Programmer on my 2005 Dodge Cummins so that we could get some real world test and numbers as far as mileage gains etc.. There had been several of our clients who had purchased this diesel tuner from us and had been reporting increased diesel fuel mileage of anywhere from 1-4 MPG so we wanted to see for ourselves what it could do.

What’s Included:  Here are a couple of pictures of what you will see when you open the Diablo Predator package.  When you first open up the package you will see the Diablo Tuner, as you open it up you will see the Instruction manual as well as a promotional Ruler.

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 Why The Diablo Predator?  A lot of our clients are interested in the Diablo Predator for the following reasons:

  • Economical- Compared to some of the competing diesel programmers like the Bully Dog Triple Dog  priced at $597.99 or the Superchips Flashpaq  priced at $499.99 the Diablo Predator Programmer is a deal at $399.95.
  • Great Performance Gains-  For my applications, 05 Dodge Cummins, there are three performance settings and those are 60hp Tow Setting, 100hp Performance/Economy Setting and 160hp Extreme Performance Setting.  In my opinion its great bang for the buck.
  • Increased Diesel Fuel Mileage-  Like I said earlier we had heard from out clients that they had seen gains of anywhere from 1-5MPG, with my truck I saw about the same range actually, some tanks 1MPG better and some tanks 5MPG better.  It just depended on how I drove it, of course.

Why Not the Diablo Predator?  I have really enjoyed the Diablo Predator during the time I have had it on my truck, how can you not enjoy 60-160 more horsepower right?  The main problem that I have had with the predator is:

  • No Over sized Tire Recalibration on the Cummins- If you drive a Duramax  it’s a different story but I would have liked to be able to recalibrate my speedo to get more accurate fuel mileage etc..
  • No Speed Governor Recalibration-  Who wouldn’t want to go a little faster right?

So in the end I am overall satisfied with the performance and mileage increase for the money with the Diablo Predator Tuner, if you are running oversized tires and have the money you might be better off with something like the Superchips Flashpaq.


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