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Old 09-28-2016, 08:31 PM   #1
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Ram Diesel Tune

2013-16 Ram 2500 CTD, anyone installed a "tune"?
If so, which one?
I'd like to hear your experience with it, whether good or bad.
What aspects improved or didn't improve or got worse?
Thinking about getting one, I'm looking for firmer shifts and better throttle response, less lag off the line.
Basically, the same type of result I got with the 5 Star Tune for my V-10 motorhome.
Yes, I use the "tow/haul" button and I know diesels are slow off the line to start with.

Please, no opinions from those that haven't used the product (naysayers).

Thanks for your input!
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Old 09-28-2016, 11:10 PM   #2
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You will find lots of guys that have tuned and deleted the newer Rams at Cumminsforum. In cal it's better to stay factory stock and the new computers will tell FCA if you have ever tuned. I have herd and would think the truck would run much better after you remove all that un needed federal smog stuff and put a tune in it that allows it to run like a diesel.
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Yes. They are even more fantastic when deleted, but they do smell a bit more like a diesel should. Throttle response and fuel economy alone are reason enough to do it.
I think the general consensus is that the tuners from Smarty (aka Race M.E.) are the easiest and best.
Also nice because once you run the software, you can unplug it and not have any gadgets on the dash that need to be plugged in.
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Old 09-29-2016, 01:30 PM   #4
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2013-16 Ram 2500 CTD, anyone installed a "tune"?
If so, which one?
I'd like to hear your experience with it, whether good or bad.
What aspects improved or didn't improve or got worse?
Thinking about getting one, I'm looking for firmer shifts and better throttle response, less lag off the line.
Basically, the same type of result I got with the 5 Star Tune for my V-10 motorhome.
Yes, I use the "tow/haul" button and I know diesels are slow off the line to start with.

Please, no opinions from those that haven't used the product (naysayers).

Thanks for your input!
I would suggest that you visit Turbo Diesel Register. Com review what is said in the fourth gen post area for these trucks.

I have a 2008 Ram 6.7L Cummins with a Smarty on the truck 60HP/120lb-ft over stock. I have been this way since 2009 when the Smarty was installed, truck runs great and I have had no issues with my truck in the 100,000 miles that are on it.

Now If I was buying a new 2013.5 and up truck; I would leave it stock with the HP/TQ that these trucks make now you do not need a tuner. Also with the AISIN transmission available in the 3500 model you have more than enough HP/TQ for pulling a very large 5ft wheel trailer. The 3500 truck with the AISIN transmission offers 385HP and 865lb-ft of torque. This is not a gasser truck it is a Cummins diesel. Also these trucks now offer DEF as standard and you do not have the earlier emission control issues that plagued the 2007.5 and up to the 2009 trucks.

Just my $0.02
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I somewhat agree with the comments above about the newer generation of Ram/Cummins trucks. Accelleration can still be a little sluggish unless you really move the accelerator pedal, but the power and reliability, even with the DEF and DPF, is very much improved.

I have almost 56k miles on the odometer, and not a single DPF regeneration has been needed. I have had the "service the emissions system soon" warning come on the EVIC two or three times, and I clear it out with my OBD tool to see if it comes back in a couple of days, and it doesn't so far.

I have been considering the Bully Dog tuner only because I got to know a fella that lived near where I was staying over the summer that has a '12 Ram 2500 Cummins, and he gets 20% better fuel mileage with his not towing on the Bully Dog Economy/Tow canned tune. If that is the case for me also, the tuner would pay for itself in a little less than three years if fuel stayed around $2.25/gal for that same time period. I don't need more power, but saving fuel would be nice.
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Check out igotacummins.com there is a Good bit of info on there. As far as tunes go I'd look into raceme or efi live. I tune raceme. Double r diesel sells them and does custom tuning for them. He can do some pretty cool stuff with tuning.
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If you're looking for less lag time at takeoff, maybe try a Throttle Sensitivity Booster. It just increases throttle setpoints but makes the truck seem more responsive.

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Most of the time, I don't want to do anything that even might approach "launching", really. It just seems like taking of from one stop "feels" different than the next even when I've done nothing different myself.

However, if I can save fuel, that, alone, would make me happier, and I'm already quite happy with my pickup.
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I have one of the last 7.3 Powerstroke diesels made, and it really benefited from an 80 hp econo and a 60 hp tow tune.

But the newer diesels (all brands) with DEF are already so strong that tuners are not really needed. They're already pushing the frames, tires and axles capability to handle that much power.

When you're at that level, it's best just to leave'em alone.
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