Posted by Corey Decker on 4/18/2020 to Before you Buy
If you are looking to add some serious power to your stock gas engine, then tuning is a good option for you to look into. Ford does a decent job of providing well-performing gasoline engines off of the assembly line. However those engines are able to perform even better with tuning. The right setup can unleash tons of horsepower and torque while taking advantage of higher octane fuel and your Super Duty's other performance modifications. One of the top of the line manufacturers that we have is 5-Star Custom Tunes. 5-Star actually has new models out for the 2020 7.3L Super Dutys as well with SCT X4 and nGauge tuners that help you clearly monitor everything that your OBD-II module puts out through a clear and easy to read display. Tuning is all well and good. But how exactly it works depends on what you get.
How It WorksOne of the ways that tuning works is that it gives your gas-powered Super Duty a huge bump in horsepower and torque output by adjusting your truck's shift points and transmission functions for vastly improved drive-ability. Some tuners like the 5-Star Custom Tunes with the SCT X4 for the 2011-2016 6.2L Super Duty trucks run off of tunes that are specifically designed for your exact truck and takes all things into account. While others like the 2011-2016 F250 & F350 6.2L Hypertech Max Energy 2.0 CARB-Legal Power Programmer. Has tunes that are already preset that you can use, but you have to make sure to adjust specific parameters on the device after choosing which tune.
Tuners With Custom TunesWith 5 Star or any custom tunes there is a bit of a process that you must go through, but it is well worth it. Let's say you order 5-Star's nGauge tuner with custom tunes for the 2020 7.3L V8, The first thing that you have to do is order it by clicking buy on our wesbite. Then we at Stage 3 will send you a blank tuner. You then take the said tuner and connect it to your truck to pull it's read file. After that you come back here to the Stage 3 Motorsports website and fill out our online tune form where we send it back to 5-Star. After that, 5-Star creates your tunes and will email you a link to download them to your PC. Once they are on your PC you download them onto a simple MicroSD card or your Tuner's MVDI Software. Once all of that happens you can plug it into your Super Duty and you are ready to roll. For more information about getting it from the computer to the actual N-Gauge, check out the video below. If the N-Gauge isn't your style, we also have other tuners. There are smart phone sized ones like the BDX and Bully Dog tuners, and there is also a bigger one with a wider display from Livewire.
Tuners With Preloaded TunesThe products with preloaded tunes have a shorter install process than the modules with custom tunes. Take the Bully Dog GT Platinum Gas Tuner (50-State Legal) for example. This product plugs right into your trucks OBDII port and quickly downloads into your ECU. It is an all-in-one tuner, monitor, gauge, and diagnostic device that has been Dyno-proven to increase horsepower, torque and fuel economy. It also allows you to set and monitor engine parameters, read and clear DTCs (Diagnostic Trouble Codes) and store up to 10 Bully Dog/SCT custom tunes. This product also has a "driving coach" that analyzes your driving habits and makes recommendations to improve fuel economy on your daily drive. Whether you're cutting turns a little too close or over-revving in your lower gears, the Bully Dog GT Platinum Gas Tuner will teach you how to improve fuel economy while protecting your engine from prematu re wear. Better yet, the system provides real-time visual and audio feedback so you never have to take your hands off the steering wheel or your eyes from the road.
Either option will provide your truck with serious performance and fuel economy upgrades that are noticeable immediately. The difference is having ones that are custom for your truck, or ones that are one-size-fits-all for Super Duty's that have your engine. With a custom tune, you are asked a lot of very specific vehicle questions that can make a huge difference on what tunes you get. Putting the wrong tunes on vehicles that have had certain things done to them can end up with some costly repair bills. It is also important to look into your state's laws and double-check any notes that are on the product descriptions regarding emissions before purchasing and installing anything onto your truck. Some states require any tuning modification to be approved by emissions standards.