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I have a 2016 GMC 2500HD Duramax and always felt a lag in the throttle and after some research I found that this is common complaint with owners of late model trucks and cars...gas or diesel. The manufacturers do this intentionally to improve MPG ratings but it creates sluggish acceleration. There are a lot of aftermarket companies that make throttle pedal devices that enhances the response so I decided to give it a try. I picked the Pedal Commander and installed it last week in about 5 minutes. This thing made a HUGE difference in the performance of my truck. It's amazing. Simple plug in device at the throttle pedal and has 4 different settings with 8 sensitivity levels for each setting. This is not a tuner and has no effect on emissions, ECM settings, and doesn't boost HP but it feels like 50+HP more! This is not an advertisement and I don't work for any aftermarket company but it was the best $250 I've spent on this truck! I haven't towed with it yet but I'm anxious to try it.
If you're unhappy with the flat spot or lag in acceleration on your late model car or truck, give one of these devices a try. You'll be amazed at the difference.

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Just put the Pedal commander on my 2021 F250 7.3 which did indeed vastly improve pedal response.
I'll likely never use eco, seems pointless.

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I've never thought my Duramax needed any improvement as it's already pretty quick off the line.


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I’ve driven vehicles at work with it in them. They are a completely different vehicle! My wife’s Explorer is one of the drive by wire vehicles that is completely crippled by Fords over intrusive programming!

Same with our 12 MH with the V-10. However that will be getting a tuner from 5 start this year.


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"Sport" mode on F-150's helps a little.

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azdryheat wrote:

I've never thought my Duramax needed any improvement as it's already pretty quick off the line.


I feel the same about our 2016 Ram CTD, a little turbo lag is normal with a diesel. I really don't want to abuse my transmission with a full 385 HP and 900 ft. lb. of torque off the line.


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rhagfo wrote:

azdryheat wrote:

I've never thought my Duramax needed any improvement as it's already pretty quick off the line.


I feel the same about our 2016 Ram CTD, a little turbo lag is normal with a diesel. I really don't want to abuse my transmission with a full 385 HP and 900 ft. lb. of torque off the line.


I get it, maybe it's not for everyone but if you plug in one of these throttle enhancing devices I guarantee you'll be surprised! I set mine for just City driving and it really woke up my Duramax.

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I get why the manufacturers want to keep warranty costs in check. I don't buy a HD truck to get good mileage, but performance is important, especially when towing. IMO, when you purchase near 400 hp, it would be nice to be able to use it, at your own discretion.

Most transmissions, in late model trucks, are much improved, over the slip-o-matics of yesteryear. I know the 6R140 is up to the task.

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That dead pedal is extremely irritating, especially when towing heavy.


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ksss wrote:

That dead pedal is extremely irritating, especially when towing heavy.


Very! Driving my wife's car is an excersize in patience. Pressing on the pedal to merge onto a highway is a problem, press the pedal and wait about 3 seconds then you'll get the kick down. The 14 Explorer naturally aspirated has about 300HP, ihowever it only feels like maybe 150!

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