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glaizinman 08-03-2013 05:17 PM

is a tuner worth getting?
Guys I have a 07 ram with the hemi and a k&n drop in a tuner worth getting? I would like more hp &mpg and easy to use there are so many out there

gonefishin776 08-03-2013 05:20 PM

there really aren't "so many" I think there are only like 2 or 3 options for our trucks (have same truck as you) superchips and the intune by diablo? I think.

I have the superchips 3865 and like it. I got it to mainly disable MDS so it was worth it just for that. recalibrated my tire size and set on 91 octane tune with all superchips shift settings. not claiming significnt HP and mpg increase but def an improvement over stock

HemiLonestar 08-03-2013 05:40 PM

Mostly stock engine? Superchips 3865, 3950 or Vivid. If you go to custom tuning, then Diablo T1000 or InTune.

glaizinman 08-03-2013 05:57 PM

Yes I'm stock just have the k&n drop in I might do a muffler later. I just looking for something easy to use and will give me more Hp & Mpg iknow that sounds like a lot to ask for I'm not very good with all that tech stuff

RogerRamJet 08-03-2013 06:27 PM

Superchips 3865 is what you're looking for then. You will see a noticeable improvement.

glaizinman 08-03-2013 08:38 PM

what is the difference between the 3865 and the 3950 or the vivid? I have read some articles that says they do nothing for your shifting. Are they easy to use?

HemiLonestar 08-04-2013 01:29 AM

3865 is usually the cheapest, red, does trans tuning for 04+. 3950 (Cortex) is fancier looking, does the same shit for more $$ but comes with a warranty for your vehicle (I think only if you're the original purchaser though). The Vivid does all the above but android based. I think you can set the face up to have live gauges based on what PID inputs you choose.

glaizinman 08-04-2013 03:06 AM

Thankyou will it make a big difference?

02 Ram 08-04-2013 05:47 PM

A tuner will make a noticeable difference in performance and in MPG's. They are worth it IMO from what ive read

ajd76 08-04-2013 07:52 PM

I'll give the other side of the argument....

I've tried the SC 3840 (old 3865) and the BD tuner. Both gave me very similar results. When running premium gas, I had plenty of power; however, in order for me to get 91+, I've got to drive 15 miles to get it. My closest gas stations only have 87 & 89 (both with ethanol). This somewhat forced me to use the 87 tune on both tuners. With the 87 tune, the truck felt better. It had firmer shifts and the transmission wouldn't upshift as quick, giving me a nicer acceleration.

So why did I get rid of them? For both tunes (91 & 87), I didn't see a remarkable change in fuel economy, which is what I purchased them for. Sure, there were weeks where I was seeing an extra 0.5-1.5 increase in MPG, but when measuring that against a year's worth of fuel economy logs, it fell within a standard deviation from the average. This made it impossible for me to determine if the change in MPGs was from the tuner, or from something else (better gas, air temp, humidity, lighter right foot, etc).

I don't race my truck and since the Hemi puts out gobs of power, an extra 10-25 hp wasn't beneficial to me...especially since it's at RPMs I don't spend a lot of time at. If you had a 4.7, this would be a no-brainer. The tuners (especially Superchips) work wonders on that motor. If you're looking to make your rig faster and you can't shake the "Moddin' Bug," then I'd say get the tuner. I'm an easy driver and don't need to accelerate like a rocket, so for my needs, a tuner isn't necessary.

Ultimately, ask yourself what you want to do to your rig. If it's your daily driver and you want to add the other bolt-ons (CAI, exhaust, and others) and you want to add HP/TQ (which you said you did), then maybe it's worth it to you. If you're looking to stay mostly stock, it may not be worth the $300-600 for a tuner.

Your results may vary.

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