Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Dallas, TX
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Re: BullyDog Power Pup Questions
I just got a Bully Dog Power Pup. Since then I've found this site and the consensus seems to be the SCT programmer - but I'll see how this works for a while. Addressing you questions:
1. MPG gains are minimal at this point. I get maybe 1 mpg better, but I idle alot as a contractor. Also, you'll find that you get a little heavier foot w/more power. I do think that w/more conservative driving and if I skewed more toward highway miles, that figure would increase some.
2. There are four settings (stock, tow/haul, performance, & extreme). There is programing in the Performance and Extreme settings for the transmission. The first setting is called "Smooth" (smoother than stock) and the second is called "Agressive" (quick and firm). I gather "smooth" and "aggresive" can be used for the Performance setting, and "agressive" would be used for the Extreme setting.
3. I haven't installed an EGT probe yet. I keep the programmer in tow mode most of the time so I'm not that worried about it yet.
4. That seems to be the beauty of this product. You can set the program and unplug, or leave it plugged in and change the program while you drive. Again, I leave it in Tow mode most of the time, but sometimes it is cool to change to Extreme at a light for one quick pass. Also, what is interesting is this programmer works on other manufacturers' trucks. A co-worker of mine has a Dodge and we were able to experiment w/this programmer on his truck. This programmer seems to make serious power for a Dodge.
5. I had problems finding exact figures from Bully Dog also. I think they give generic ranges b/c this programmer fits the Dodge and Chevy also. You can look up the Horsepower Shootout in these forums to see HP/Torque curves for the various Ford programmers.
6. The programmer does allow you to set your truck back to stock programming. Being new to a programmer, I'm still not sure that that's enough. Maybe someone else could chime in here. It seems like to be on the safe side you could either disconnect the battery for some amount of time, or discharge them completely. Again, anyone else chipping in would be helpful. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
7. I agree, the website doesn't seem to be that informative. I think you can still go to any 4 Wheel Parts store to get a trial 3 day download. They will also open a box for you and you can check out the literature & instructions that come w/the programmer (but you still won't see hard HP/Torque figures).
This downloader also removes the speed limiter (fyi). Bully Dog also allows for downloadable capability from their website if programming changes need to be made. So far, Ive been pretty happy with this product. I like the capability of changing the program on the fly.
I think, however, that you'll still find that the SCT tuner is still the most popular here.
2004 F250 CC SWB Lariat 4x4, 4" lift, 295/75R16 Nittos, on-board air, inverter, 100 gallon transfer tank w/built in ladder rack, Weathergaurd side-boxes, Bully Dog Triple Dog Power Pup, Banks exhaust; My home away from home!