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Old 04-13-2011, 06:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's the best tuner out for 2008 F350

I'm returning my SCT programmer as the new software hasn't been re least yet. Now question to you is whats the best tuner out? looking at the mini max that any good?
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The Mini Maxx is the best in my opinion. You will absolutely love it.
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I'm gonna have to disagree, my buddy has the Spartan Phalynx tuner, that thing is sick, tunes ranging from 50 to 350 hp gains. It monitors nearly everything the truck reads on the dashdaq, adjusts trans shift points, and if you were to do any engine or turbo upgrades, you can just call up the guys at spartan and say "hey, i have new injectors, turbos, this size exhaust, intercooler, etc., etc.," and they can send you a new tune for the truck. Plus, it saves your stock tune so you can reinstall it. It is supposedly "undetectable", even though if a tech digs far enough he can find anything. But yeah man, Spartan Diesel Technologies. Cant go wrong.
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Yeah, I have a Spartan too. Have you ever compared the two? All those things listed, H&S does too.
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Actually no i haven't, just haven't used it that's all. I briefly looked over a website that offered it, but that's about it. I guess I'm a little partial just because a friend of mine has it, that's all. I'll look into it though.
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i too have decided against the livewire, not because of tunes, just b/c of the actual unit. i was going to do the xtreme package from innovative, heard nothing but good about em.

i talked to matt at idp and they said that had most of the issue figured out with the new update.

i have been comparing the mini maxx, phalanx, and sct tsx and have been leaning towards the H&s myself. i like that the updates are totally free and you get the new 300hp tune for free. KEM does custom tunes and their 345 is only 200 compared to spartan's 400 buck package for the 275+310 package.

plus you can monitor EVERYTHING and do shift on the fly with the canned tunes (whch go up to 250!)
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I've got the DashDaq. I like it due to the open OS architecture and the additional hardware that an end user can attach to it.

The H&S tuner looks nice as well.

But in the end, I care more about how good the tunes are over how pretty the devices are.
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I have IDP tunes and KEM tunes. Prefer the IDP tunes but wouldn't be upset if I could only use one and not the other, vise-versa.
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I did the exact thing you are doing now and asked around on diesel forums. I ended up with the Livewire and some tunes from Eric. Most guys don't like the Livewire aesthically, but I don't care because I only have it up when I am towning. I just load my tune with it and pack it away. IMHO, the tune is the most important. The consensus seems to be Eric at IDP and Mike with KEM (who, I understand, was the core tuner at Spartan) provide the best, safest and most potent tunes available for the 6.4. Hope you get what you're looking for.
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I love my H&S mini max and the recent round of updates really shows they stand behind their product for the life of the product! Free updates and custom tranny tunes for free?


Heck, that's some customer service if you ask me. The provide for free a product that I would pay for if I had to!
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I love the H & S black maxx, I purchased it from Performance Truck Products. They were very helpful and they had the cheapest price. I also purchase the CAT/DPF delete.
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Just ordered my mini max and Mike's sd card with the 7 tunes (75-345 tunes) yesterday. I did all the research as well and I felt this was the best option for my truck.
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I love the H & S black maxx, I purchased it from Performance Truck Products. They were very helpful and they had the cheapest price. I also purchase the CAT/DPF delete.
Thanks buddy, much appreciated!
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Question on Horse Power

I don't get why you would want 75 Hp vs 200Hp, why do they provide a range of horse power? I under stand having 1 for just driving around town and 1 for towing/hauling. What do you guys use the various hp settings for?
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ive got a lw with idp's tune package. the tunes are awesome, the lw, not so much so i just purchased an edge insight cts. that thing is pretty awesome. my suggestion would be an x3 with idp's tunes and insight for gauges.
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