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Factory Spec: 4.7-liter V8 engine - 310 horsepower, 330 lb-ft of torque.


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Old 04-13-2014, 09:50 AM
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I'm new here and new to the Ram family as well. I've been doing a little research on the site and getting ideas for ways to tinker with my Truck...cause who can ever leave vehicle alone? Haha! So far I've ruled out the spacer leveling kit in favor of the Bilstein 5100's. But one thing I haven't found the whole answer to is the big question of programmers/tuners. I love the 4.7 in my truck and wouldn't trade it for a hemi, I love the 15+ mpg I'm seeing around my small town. But, who doesn't want extra power, right?

While I'm sure that the answers are here, I haven't been able to find them, so I will just ask... are the superchips worth the investment? Everyone on here that has one for the 08 and up 4.7L seems to love them, but this is what I am looking to know, does it really give the power gains it's claiming (50hp / 55tq)? Does it improve (or at least not hurt) fuel economy if you can keep your foot out of it? And, does it have any long-term effects on the durability/longevity of the powertrain? My wife and I purchased this truck with the intentions of keeping it at least 10 years, so I don't want to do anything to shorten its lifespan.

Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge!

(On a side note, anyone know the 0-60 of the 08+ 1500 QC 4x4 4.7L trucks? I'm always curious what these big things can do.)
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I have had mine for just over a month. I am running the 87 tune and have see about 1 mpg improvement. So based on mileage it would take a long time to see a return on the $300 investment. However, every time I drive the smile I get makes it worth the investment. I have an exhaust system in my truck and sounds better because it takes a little longer to shift. IMO well worth just for the sound lasting longer between shifts. If you have the funds I would say do it because you won't regret it.

It shouldn't effect your longevity of your drive train, but that will depend on how you drive.

I cannot say that how much hp I have picked up but I can say that I do feel a difference.

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I've had one for about a month as well and I like it. I first ran the 87 tune and the truck was much more responsive down low and shifted so much better. The drive ability upgrade alone was worth the $300.

After that tank of 87 was gone I tried the 91 tune and while it did feel more powerful than the 87 tune, it was not mind blowing. And it certainly wasn't no 50rwh upgrade, it is still relatively substantial and noticeable. Much more noticeable than a catback exhaust will gain you for not much less money.

BTW my truck is bone stock down to the paper air filter. Flashpac helped with power and CURED the crappy shifting.
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