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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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3 Things Your 600HP LB7 Build Must Have

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2017 8:50:00 AM / by Paul Wilson posted in Duramax Performance, dsp5, EFILive, Duramax Power, LB7, SPADE, Fass, Lift Pump, CTS2

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Your 600HP Duramax Needs These 3 Things:

There are a lot of part combinations that can take your 2001-2004 Duramax to 600HP.  No matter what selections you make, there are 3 things you have to include if you want to keep your truck healthy and making power.

Here are some other articles about LB7 trucks:

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600HP with your LBZ!

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Paul Wilson posted in LBZ, LBZ Power, Stealth 64, SPADE

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What do you need to make 600HP in your LBZ?


600 RWHP (Rear Wheel Horsepower) with your LBZ makes one of the most fun trucks to drive!  They sound great, look amazing and feel like a rocket ship if you do it right.  

(Chuck Dilley's LBZ  was actually a lot more than 600HP when this picture was taken, but it's a great picture)


There are many recipes out there to make this power.  Each with it's own advantages and shortcomings.  Below you will find our recommendation assuming you meet this criteria:

- Drive-ability is crucial! It's not just about a number on the dyno, you want to be able to daily drive this build when you are done.

- You are NOT trying to sled pull in a 2.6 or larger class.  

- The truck must maintain its reliability.  You don't want to constantly worry about blowing a motor. Or maybe you tow with it and want to (or have to) still let the wife drive it once and a while. 


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Pre-Tuned DSP5 ECM

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 23, 2016 5:00:00 AM / by Paul Wilson posted in dsp, dsp5, SPADE, ECM, AutoCal, Pre-Tuned

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What happened to Pre-Tuned ECMs?

When EFILive first came out there was no AutoCal.  Flashing had to be done in person with a V2 or in the very early years a V1 cable.  This left remote tuners a set of challenges.  How do you provide custom tuning remotely?  Of course, the answer was Pre-Tuned DSP5 ECMs.  The lynch pin of making the Pre-Tuned ECM program work was a steady supply of good core ECMs.  This meant the only downtime truck owners had was the time it takes to swap ECMs.  

There are a few critical downsides to Pre-Tuned ECMs though.  The first being a long term availability for good cores.  As years pass and more trucks are tuned and older ECMs are crashed and lost, cores disappear.  The OEM's do not provide an affordable replacement option and after a while, the cost of cores out weigh the benefits of Pre-Tuned DSP5 ECMs.  Another drawback is the ability, or lack there of, to verify the quality of each core module.  Many will take a flash with the bench harness and still show problems when installed.  

  • Easy to install
  • Minimal downtime
  • Relies on Core ECM program
  • Unable to test reliability of Cores

SPADE stands for Standalone Programming And Diagnostic Equipment.  It is also known as an AutoCal.  The hardware is manufactured and provided by EFILive and custom DuramaxTuner.com or Calibrated Power tunes are loaded onto them.  The SPADE is a very easy to use hand held tool that allows you to flash custom built EFILive tunes and data log, and read/clear most codes.  

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