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Posted: 05/31/21 04:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2019 3500 Silverado 6.0 gas. Has anyone used a tuner like a “5 star tune “ ? I was wondering if or how they work before I purchase one and which brand I should buy? Thanks

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Check out Black Bear tuning. They specialize in GM motors as 5 star specializes in Fords.


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What is it you want the tuner to do for you?

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I had a 5-star tune in my old Ecoboost F150 and loved it. I have a few friends who had their tunes in the 6.8L V10 motorhomes and they loved it as well. You will notice more of a difference in power in a turbocharged engine than you will in a N/A.

* This post was edited 06/02/21 07:47am by ShinerBock *


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nickthehunter wrote:

What is it you want the tuner to do for you?


Hopefully more torque and HP. When towing at 65 mph I don’t want it shifting down on every little rise in the road. It actually does a pretty good job but it would be a lot better and less shifting with a little more HP. Thanks

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Rwake901 wrote:

nickthehunter wrote:

What is it you want the tuner to do for you?


Hopefully more torque and HP. When towing at 65 mph I don’t want it shifting down on every little rise in the road. It actually does a pretty good job but it would be a lot better and less shifting with a little more HP. Thanks


You won’t get a significant increase in HP and TQ but a good tuner will allow you to use the power you have much more efficiently. The factory tuning with the drive by wire is so intrusive it’s ridiculous! My 2012 class A V-10 has drive by wire and it was crazy how underpowered it felt when driving! The tuner made a huge difference in both the trans tuning and performance.

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Maybe you could manually downshift and just run one gear lower all the time to avoid downshifting? Sometimes running at a slightly higher or lower speed may help as well.

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OEM's calibrate for variety of conditions. Tuners take out the "safety" tolerance. Some do a good job, others, not so much. I knew of a guy who did mobile tuning. People LOVED his results, but just about every engine he tuned, eventually grenaded.

I've have and had tuners, but won't put one on the truck I use for towing.

WRT shifting, transmission is looking to put the transmission in the correct gear for the conditions.

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Tuners won't do anything for engine output on a normally aspirated gas engine. That's already been maximized by the manufacturer.

All tuners do is give your subconscious a lead foot so you stomp on the pedal harder, say, "YEAH! I HAAAAAAVE THE POWERRRRRR!" to yourself, then find out three days later that nothing really changed and there's a hole in your wallet where several hundred dollars used to be.


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mkirsch wrote:

Tuners won't do anything for engine output on a normally aspirated gas engine. That's already been maximized by the manufacturer.

All tuners do is give your subconscious a lead foot so you stomp on the pedal harder, say, "YEAH! I HAAAAAAVE THE POWERRRRRR!" to yourself, then find out three days later that nothing really changed and there's a hole in your wallet where several hundred dollars used to be.

Not true for regular vehicles.

Performance can be measured and the tunes increase HP and torque.

* This post was edited 06/02/21 10:02am by Devo the dog *


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