Yes. Custom tuning is the only version worth spending money on, the canned tunes are useless since the entire point of tuning a vehicle is to allow that individual engine to make the most power it can safely and without throwing a generic new spark/fuel map at it. If you throw a canned tune on it you will not see the kind of gains you would otherwise have for nearly the same money.I'm starting to hear more about this pulsar product mentioned earlier. It seems a little too good to be true imo. I thought the new-age dilemma for the tuner industry is the fact that factory pcm's are not allowing a one time unlock so-to-speak, rather they re-scramble the code every time you turn the vehicle on/off. I may be off on the specifics there, but I think that's the gist of it. Like others have said, that's why companies require a new pcm or swap.
A plug-in module is nothing new, actually older technology, so I'm surprised to see this here. I used to have a Jet module on my '02 dakota.
So to compare the pulsar to a tuner, the main difference is tuneability.. at least for the moment. I noticed diablosport and Edge appear to offer the exact same product, and according to an Edge video, they are working on making it tuneable.
Based on my understanding, the pulsar makes the tuner obsolete. Because you can disable MDS (I've heard mixed reviews on that for '15 an ups), return it to true stock without the burden of keeping the original pcm, change tunes on the fly via the steering wheel controls, and the price is identical.
I mean unless for some reason the canned tunes in the pulsar are less effective, I don't know why anyone would go the tuner/pcm route now. Though, I assume when tunability is capable, it will require at a minimum, an OBD to usb cord and probably non-free software, but let's be honest, probably 85% of customers will never spend the money for custom tuning.
The only advantages I can think of for a tuner, outside of custom tuning, are additional gauges and the ability to adjust CANNED tunes for mods as you go, i.e. headers, cams, etc. (which I don't think is available). Needless to say I think about this stuff often.. anyone else have these thoughts? :4-dontknow: