Super Chip Micro Tuner vs DiabloSport
spent quite a bit of time when I bought the Predator doing testing on some
back roads. I charted this information and wanted to do the same
when I bought the SuperChip Micro Tuner. I never did to the extent I
did before because I soon realized the important numbers are real world.
I will give a brief description of my personal experience with both
This is my typical setup on the
weekends. I tow the Bronco back and forth to different events often.
It was great when I finally bought the Super Duty. Worry free
towing. Low maintenance and leather! Woohoo! The Bronco,
trailer and gear weigh in @ 7000 lbs. It's amazing how easy the
Powerstroke handles that weight. My old F350 460 CID really felt the
weight. Ok, on to the comparison.
It's really important to
understand that all tuners will exhibit different characteristics
depending on the base code in your ECM and the build of your truck.
Baseline for both tuners.....
2003 Ford Powerstroke Diesel
DPPI aluminized 4" dual exhaust
with 5" SS Tips
35" Nitto Terra Grappler Tires
Diablo Sport Predator Tuner
SuperChip Micro Tuner
This was the
first tuner that I purchased for my truck. The hype about this new
tuner was incredible. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.
Predator has a large display.
read menu system. Seriously, anyone can pull it out of the box and
put it to use.
interface. I was amazed at how fast you could load a tune.
liked the ability to see over 200 inputs from all over the truck.
See the data real time. Really cool toy.
that you could read codes and it had descriptions of the codes.
You didn't need a service manual to figure out the codes
settings: 40/60/85 as tested. I think they now offer a 100 HP
really noticed a power increase with all the settings. The 85HP
setting felt like you were in a drag truck! :)
reset check engine lights
the HP setting the more sensitive the gas pedal became. Very hard
to take off smooth.
excessive smoke on the higher HP settings. It was fun at first,
but it would smoke all the time.
really firm up the tranny at all. Had hyper mush feeling.
Sometimes when you would get on it it would feel like the torque
converter never really locked up.
higher HP settings you could spike the EGTs way to easy. When
towing you would have to back out of it to keep the EGT down right when
you felt you needed to hold to the floor to make the hill.
codes all the time when on the 85HP setting.
Your overhead computer no longer
I got my
hands on the SuperChip Micro Tuner the same weekend I had to drive up to
Las Vegas, NV. I did some light charting during the trip, but again
I was not trailering and had a light load. Here's my impressions of
noticed a huge improvement in the transmission shifts. Nice and
firm. Not hard hitting at all.
lower across the board. I have towed with the SCMT now for almost
a year. I am able to climb any hill so far and keep the EGTs under
1200. I notice that if you over fuel it (keeping your foot to the
floor) you can get the temps higher, but there is no power increase so
you just back the pedal off till the EGTs stabilize. Learn to
drive your truck.
sensitivity of the gas pedal.
fun power in all settings. HP settings 70/90/110.
bother with the 70 HP. The 90HP setting is very powerful and is
tow safe. If I am not towing for a long period I will throw the
110HP in there. Never in my life did I ever think a diesel truck
could stand up and dance like this truck. I am still just
flabbergasted at how much power these Powerstrokes put out. I
can't wait to get my gearing back to at least stock ratios. I know
I am losing power with the oversized tires.
smoke compared to the Predator.
set off a code or check engine light
to have all that power on tap and not use it. I have suffered at
the pump cause I can't keep my foot out of it. :)
In one year
I have almost wore out a set of tires from burning them off.
I just went
to court today for a ticket. Did you know it's against the law to
squeal your tires in Phoenix, AZ? $115 fine. OWE!
longer to upload tunes ( I don't do it often anyway)
have descriptions with codes (never needed 'em)
The SCMT has worked out far better
for me then the Predator on many levels. I really didn't like the
power loss after I raised the truck and put big tires on it. My plan
is to go to 36-37" tires next and change the gearing to 4:56. I just
couldn't afford it this time around so I settled for the in between size.
Well, the intake/exhaust/tuner combo gave me back all that power and way
more then I had originally. Let me know what your experiences have
been......... I have heard good and bad things with Bully Dog, Edge
Juice and so on......One of these days I may go for a custom tune. I
will keep gathering data and enjoying the current setup.
Try to keep EGTs under 1250º
Try to keep tranny temps under 200º
The higher the better for boost! <30 psi|
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