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How to: Install Cummins Switch

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 1, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Paul Wilson posted in switch on the fly tuning, Switch, Cummins Tuning, csp

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This "How To" article will walk you through installing the EFILive CSP Switch on your 2006 - 2009 Cummins powered Ram 2500 or 3500 pickup truck. 

CSP Switching has been around for quite a few years.  The programming provided via EFILive allows your engine computer (PCM) store 5 separate tune files and the CSP switch can rotate through them.  

NEED CUMMINS TUNING

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How To: Clear Trouble Codes with EFILive AutoCal / SPADE

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 25, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Paul Wilson posted in EFILive, SPADE, AutoCal, how to

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This article will walk you through the procedure required to clear DTCs (Diagnostic Trouble Codes) with your EFILive AutoCal or SPADE programming tool.  

Trucks that this procedure is applicable for:

If you do not have an AutoCal or SPADE and need one, visit our website: https://duramaxtuner.com

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COST PER HORSEPOWER

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 23, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Paul Wilson posted in what are some upgrades I can go to my LML?, Duramax Turbo, diesel performance

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What is "Cost Per Horsepower"?

Cost Per Horsepower is a simple way to display and measure the cost-effectiveness of automotive performance upgrades.

In practice, this term is probably more often used to prove someone has wasted money on a specific upgrade or the purchase of an entire vehicle.  For the purpose of this article, we are going to assume the vehicle in question is either a Duramax, Cummins, or Power Stroke diesel truck.  

 

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2011 - 2016 LML Duramax 520 RWHP Tune Only!

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 4, 2019 8:59:00 AM / by Paul Wilson posted in LML, LML Tuning, LML Power, LML Performance, 600HP LML

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520 RWHP TUNE ONLY LML DURAMAX:

The 2011 - 2016 LML Duramax came rated at 395 horsepower and 765 ft/lbs of torque.  That seemed like an amazing amount of power when this model was first released but these days it is dwarfed by the available power of brand new trucks.

Furthermore, that whopping 395 HP is a peak power rating, meaning that you probably won't produce that much power during normal operations.  In fact, many owners complain that the power delivery of the stock tune is too soft. This is why custom tuning is so important for the LML Duramax.  

Here are some of the things tuning your LML can help with:

  • Increased Peak Horse Power
  • Improved Shift Quality
  • LML Dead Pedal Resolution

LML EZ Lynk Tuning

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2011 - 2019 Ford Powerstroke Tuning

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 27, 2018 3:55:06 PM / by Paul Wilson posted in Ford, 2011-2016 Ford 6.7 Tuner, Ford 6.7, Powerstroke Tuning, 2017-2018 Ford 6.7L Tuner

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The 6.7L Ford in its factory trim represents a significant improvement in technology over the previous generations of the Powerstroke.  Coupled with the 6R140 transmission, this power train a lot of offer in reliability, drive-ability and performance.  Over the past year, we at CPS have worked with our customers and in-house on our own test trucks to develop and test tuning for this platform.  After hundreds of revisions, we're happy to announce we have a product that significantly outperforms the factory 6.7L/6R140 calibration in power and drive-ability, while maintaining factory operation and service intervals of the emissions control system.

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Everything You Need For a 620HP LML With the DPF ON!

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 1, 2018 2:16:00 PM / by Paul Wilson posted in LML, How to program my LML, More Power for my LML?, what are some upgrades I can go to my LML?, LML Tuning, LML Power, LML Performance, LML TCM Tuning, LML Turbo, 600HP LML, Stealth 64 LML

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Ever wonder what you need to push your stock truck to its limit?  We know the answer, and we created this article for you.  For 600-640 RWHP you will need to keep in mind all the supporting modifications you need to maintain reliability.   

Custom tuning is going to ask your truck to perform at a higher level.  The same goes for upgrading your turbo, transmission, fuel system or any other performance orientate component.  The best way to maintain a moderate level of reliability while upgrading is to address these issues once and do it right!

Here is the list of what you need to make a reliable 600+ RWHP LML with a DPF still on it:

  • EZ Lynk AutoAgent 2.0 w/ Support Pack & LSP5 Switch
  • LML Stealth 64 Turbo
  • 10mm Cp4 Exergy Stroker Pump
  • DT550 Built Transmission
  • S&B Intake
  • Tie Rod Sleeves
  • Traction Bars
  • Fass 165 Lift Pump
  • Beans Fuel Tank Sump Kit
  • Edge Insight CTS2 Monitor
  • EGT Probe

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2017 & 2018 L5P Duramax Tuning Updates

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 18, 2018 1:31:04 PM / by Paul Wilson posted in L5P

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2017 & 2018 L5P Duramax Tuning Updates:

You're reading this because you're interested in L5P tuning. We know you have been waiting for details and we are doing our best to keep you in the loop with factual information. 

(BTW, we released this info yesterday 9/17/18 to those on our L5P Tuning Wait List.  Join the wait list by clicking the link below and submitting the short form.)

Join the L5P Tuning Wait List

There is going to be a lot of hype in the coming weeks about L5P tuning.  People want to know what are the benefits, costs, process and every other detail about this new tuning product.

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Do Your LML Tunes Protect You From High EGTs?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 21, 2018 1:00:00 PM / by Paul Wilson posted in EGT, High EGT's, LML Performance

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LML SPADE & Smart EGT Control:

Exhaust Gas Temperatures (EGTs) give you an insight as to how much stress you are putting your engine under.  It is the most accurate way to monitor if your current activity is safe for the engine. 

In a factory tuned truck high EGTs would most commonly be a sign of a physical problem like a boost leak.  However, a tuner added to an aggressive driver could result in EGTs beyond the desired limit.  

Most examples of this also include a mismatch of your tune level and truck operation.  Such as the guy towing in his race tune.  

 

The LML SPADE by DuramaxTuner.com now includes a Smart EGT Control feature.

  • Let your tunes manage the EGTs so you can keep your eyes on the road
  • Have peace of mind that your truck is safe
  • Get the power you need from your truck without sacrificing reliability
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3 Tips to Prevent 2001-2005 Duramax ECM's From Crashing!

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 9, 2018 2:00:00 PM / by Paul Wilson posted in lly performance, LB7, LLY TCM Tuning, LB7 TCM Tuning

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What crashes an LB7 and LLY ECMs?:

If you have a 2001 - 2004 (LB7) or 2004.5 - 2005 (LLY) Duramax and have been thinking about tuning it, this article is for you. 

As you're probably aware, ECMs have some small risk of crashing during a tuning flash.  Browsing the forums online you definitely already picked up on the fact that the LB7 and LLY ECMs are more suscepitble to the issue.

To make sure you aren't stuck stranded somewhere far from home follow these tips: 

  • Disconnect all aftermarket electronics
  • Make sure your batteries are at a full charge
  • Flash your truck at home or a local garage
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Will a 6 Speed Conversion Kit Pay for Itself?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 8, 2018 10:03:00 AM / by Paul Wilson posted in better mpg for lly, how to get better fuel mileage with LLY, LLY mpg, LB7, Transmission Duramax, 6 Speed Conversion Kit

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6 Speed Conversion Kit for the LB7 & LLY 5 Speed Allison:

Your 2001-2005 Silverado/Sierra HD diesel is powered by either the LB7 (2001-2004) or LLY (2004.5-2005) Duramax.  That Duramax is tied to one of the most popular automatic transmissions, the Allison 1000.

While the Allison 1000 was a big step forward, it still needed improvement.  The LB7/LLY models came with 4 gears and Overdrive, or "5 speed".   In 2006 General Motors (GM) released the 6 Speed transmission for the new at the time LBZ model and other HD trucks. 

Without getting too technical about how automatic transmissions work, they did not actually add a physical gear.  The Allison works through a series of clutch packs being applied with hydraulic pressure to create different gear ratios.  What GM actually did was design a brand new valve body and improved tuning to achieve the 6 speed Allison 1000.

I need a 6 Speed Conversion!

DuramaxTuner.com now has a 6 Speed Conversion Kit which includes a new valve body and custom tuned TCM that allows your truck to achieve 6th gear.  

Who Will The 6 Speed Conversion Kit Help?

  • Owners wanting a quieter ride
  • Drivers looking for a smoother shifting transmission
  • Highway commuters
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