Yes - installing a performance tuner on your ride is simple enough. But that’s when it really gets interesting. Most quality tuners come pre-installed with a wide variety of tunes for you to choose from. So, what setting do you have yours on?
If you’re not sure, you’re probably not getting the most out of your tuner. And if you’re running the wrong tune, you’re missing out on potential horsepower, torque, handling and overall vehicle performance.
At the very least you should be considering your driving style and terrain when choosing your tunes. But if you’re not, don’t worry. We’ve put together this quick guide to help get you on the way to becoming a true tunes master.
Check for Firmware Updates
You need to make sure your performance tuner is running the latest software. Most manufacturers update their software periodically to offer their customers the latest in technology and performance. All you need to do is to connect your tuner with your computer and check for firmware updates. You’ll see the difference right away.
Find the Right Tune
The rules are simple. If you’re towing a boat, trailer, or any other heavy load, logically, you need to be running a towing tune.
If you’re opting for a higher power setting, your tuner will probably require you to fill up your ride with higher octane fuel to prevent any risk of engine damage… it’s not called a 91 octane fuel for no reason.
When you’re looking to improve your vehicle’s fuel economy, you can go with a fuel savings program. If you don’t have that option and are running with a performance tune, just avoid stepping down on the gas.
And if you’re into modding your ride with aftermarket performance products and accessories? Check out your tuner for any custom tunes for your specific mods. Many tunes can actually be updated to work with and improve on your custom mods. For example, custom tunes for an upgraded performance cold air intake are very effective.
Use the Extra Settings in Your Programmer
Read your programmer’s manual and become familiar with its various features and settings. If you outfit your vehicle with bigger tires, update your tuner’s tire size setting to calibrate your speedometer. You should also have a setting for upgraded differential ring and pinion gears, so check for that too.
If you’re not happy with your vehicle’s automatic transmission, you can also use your tuner to adjust your shift points and firmness. That’s a great way to solve awkward shifting and work through shift characteristics for a responsive ride.
And next time you get an annoying check engine light you won’t have to spend your time and money at the shop or dealership. Most tuners actually read and clear diagnostics trouble codes and this gives you the option to find and fix the problem on your own.
Why TDot Performance is your #1 Performance Shop
You can find the widest variety of performance tuners online, at the lowest prices in Canada! TDot Performance offers free shipping on almost all orders, and you will never have to worry about any hidden fees (like border fees and brokerage fees).