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Old 02-19-2010, 05:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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what is the best programmer for a 2006 6.0L powerstroke

Hey guys. New to the forum here and wanted a bit of advise from you experienced Ford enthusiasts.

I have a solid black 2007 F-250 with an 8" lift, 36" Nitto tires, 18" rims, black and red leather interior, sun roof, and power rear window. I was hoping ya'll could give me some advise on which programmers that I might choose from, to make my truck run as tough as it looks.

With all welcome advise could you please include what kind of results I might expect? (ie. horsepower, torque, and mileage)

Thanks for all of your help!

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Our favorite is the SCT with custom tunes by Innovative Diesel. I have it on my personal '05 and have tried alot of the other tuners but nothing compares. A big feature is the SCT actually tunes the tranny where none of the others do. It comes with three tunes.

My mileage went from 14 to 18 on the highway. Truck has 130k on it.

Let me know if I can help in anyway.

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Has anyone used the edge evolution? A buddy of mine has it on a duramax and loves it but i didnt know how it does on the 6.0. From what he said with that you dont need the pods because it monitors everything for you, so i was wondering how accurate that actually was.
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Has anyone used the edge evolution? A buddy of mine has it on a duramax and loves it but i didnt know how it does on the 6.0. From what he said with that you dont need the pods because it monitors everything for you, so i was wondering how accurate that actually was.
I have used the Edge Juice on my 6.0. The Evolution works good on the Duramax. I guess if I wasn't so performance minded the Edge products are not a bad choice but I do not like the way the tranny shifts with them on.

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power programmer for my 6.0

I have several people say that the Banks Six Gun is the way to go on the 6.0. With it's horsepower and torque advancements and the moderate gas mileage upgrade along with it's on the fly switching it has been recomended over many others. Would this be a wise choice or should I take another avenue for a programmer?
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Banks is not the best choice. In fact, no shift-on-the-fly set up is generally recommended unless you purchase an additonal programmer with trans only tuning on it.

The Edge Evolution does have actual trans tuning like the SCT (the Edge Juice does not) and works quite well but you are stuck with the "canned" tunes Edge puts into it.

If you want custom tuning, your options are either the SCT or the Gryphon programmer from Power Hungry Performance. The Gryphon is an Edge Evolution that PHP is putting custom tuning on to. It is renamed because Edge has (or is trying to get) CARB certification for their stuff and as such, they cannot do custom programming or allow it to be put onto their programmer and still use the Evolution name.
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Good advice. Being a dealer I get the chance to try out alot of products. I ran the Banks Six Gun for a couple months. Good power and mileage but once again I always go back to tranny shifting. Shifts were not clean and very inconstinent under hard throttle.

I always go back to the SCT and a set of gauges on the 6.0.

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Canned tuning can get more mpg but at the risk of too much timing. This causes problems with head gaskets in short. Also shif on the fly and lack of trans tuning will kill the tranny with as little as 40hp over stock. You best bet is to do like 90% of the educated 6.0 crowd that has a tuning device. Get a sct, get a nice tow tune with turbo braking, get a good street and/ or race tune and enjoy. A good hot tune will give you mpg and more drivability. Use the skinny pedal to determine if you want to go fast.
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I second the SCT. I got mine from River City Diesel. They were awesome to deal with and I got my trans tuned as well. They also have ARP head studs and Black onyx gaskets with their power packages. I even got custom injectors from them. I'd recommend the head studs. Their SCT tunes put out 170hp. You're gonna need to keep your heads intact and the factory studs won't cut it.
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Sct from Innovative is what I have and love it!
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I second the SCT. I got mine from River City Diesel. They were awesome to deal with and I got my trans tuned as well. They also have ARP head studs and Black onyx gaskets with their power packages. I even got custom injectors from them. I'd recommend the head studs. Their SCT tunes put out 170hp. You're gonna need to keep your heads intact and the factory studs won't cut it.
the factory installs tty bolts not studs. this is part of the issue.
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huh, no wonder. Good info. They're not even studs. What were they thinkin?!
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How many programs can the SCT hold including the factory settings? I'm looking for a programmer that can do a low end power for pulling, a program that will gives me good mileage for trips and such, and then the fun program for raw power; the duremax stomper program. And if it can hold my factory settings that would be awsome too so if i ever needed to go back to them for some reason i could.
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It's odd, but true. The raw power program and the best mileage program are the same program. I've found this to be true time and again. Don't waste your money on a mileage tune. If you need a pulling tune that is a separate tune, but it sounds like you could get by with two; pulling and hot street. Any tuner will store the factory strategies to allow you to return it to stock later on if needed.

SCT is the way to go if you want max power. A custom tune from Eric at Innovative Diesel is the hottest ticket I've found. He has the world's fastest 6.0 truck. 10.85 in the 1/4. The world's fastest for now anyway...

Ah, dare to dream. I'm sure it will always be the fastest.
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New to the site and saw this trend. I have an Edge Evolution on my 2006 6.0. I have not had any issues to complain about except the fact that at night the screen bothers my eyes. Granted, the truck is basically stock and not driven like I stole it, but just a drivers input to this tuner.

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