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Old 12-06-2013, 11:52 AM
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Hey guys I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 5.7L Hemi SLT and I was wondering which tuner would be best for this truck? I have read reviews on them all, but after reading the one post about how you have to pay $250.00 from Bully Dog if you want to take it off a vehicle, makes me want to stay away from them. Which is the best for you? And most importantly, which tuner will give me most power and fuel economy? Anyone have examples of their Hemi's and how much better fuel economy they got? I'm at about 19.4L/100km right now......

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What other mods do you have done to your truck? You won't see a significant change in anything with just a tuner. I would look into getting a new CAI and a better flowing exhaust and then get the tuner.

On the tuner it depends on what your plans are for the truck. Do you plan on custom tuning or just running a canned tune from the tuner? If custom tuning, you can only do that with a Diablo tuner. If not then I would go with the Diablo or the Superchips (I think thats the other good one for our trucks). I don't know many people running the Bullydog on the 3rd gen Rams, but the policy to unlock it from your vehicle only applied to the 4th gens and we got them to reverse that policy anyways so you'd have nothing to worry about with that.

In the end they are all pretty similar. It's just going to come down to which one you have the money for and which direction you plan on taking your truck.
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Thanks for the reply.

I have nothing done to it as of right now, I was looking at the Bully Dog GT at a local truck shop, they have it for $419.99 which is a good price. They said I should notice gains in power and torque with it... In the end I plan on lifting it and throwing 35's on... or may save for a diesel to do that to. If I threw 35 off-road tires on it would probably get 7MPG hahaha
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I have nothing done to it as of right now, I was looking at the Bully Dog GT at a local truck shop, they have it for $419.99 which is a good price. They said I should notice gains in power and torque with it... In the end I plan on lifting it and throwing 35's on... or may save for a diesel to do that to. If I threw 35 off-road tires on it would probably get 7MPG hahaha
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Superchips, unless you are going to do big mods(headers, cam, headwork, etc) then go with a custom tune and you'll pretty much have to get diablo.
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What other mods do you have done to your truck? You won't see a significant change in anything with just a tuner. I would look into getting a new CAI and a better flowing exhaust and then get the tuner.

On the tuner it depends on what your plans are for the truck. Do you plan on custom tuning or just running a canned tune from the tuner? If custom tuning, you can only do that with a Diablo tuner. If not then I would go with the Diablo or the Superchips (I think thats the other good one for our trucks). I don't know many people running the Bullydog on the 3rd gen Rams, but the policy to unlock it from your vehicle only applied to the 4th gens and we got them to reverse that policy anyways so you'd have nothing to worry about with that.

In the end they are all pretty similar. It's just going to come down to which one you have the money for and which direction you plan on taking your truck.
Actually, that's not entirely correct.

Most [canned] tuners work optimally with OEM vehicles, with very minimal aftermarket add-ons or next to none.

Why? Because tuner companies have no way of knowing what performance modifications consumers plan on doing with their rides. Therefor, they program their [canned] tuners to operate optimally with OEM rides without any performance modifications undertaken, or very little [catback exhaust & CAI is about their limitations].

Make a phone call if you think I'm blowing smoke....

This is the very reason you should consider a custom tune [example: Hemifever] once you supplement a tuner with other, more complex, performance modifications

I vote Superchips or Hemifever depending on your route.

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Actually, that's not entirely correct.

Most [canned] tuners work optimally with OEM vehicles, with very minimal aftermarket add-ons or next to none.

Why? Because tuner companies have no way of knowing what performance modifications consumers plan on doing with their rides. Therefor, they program their [canned] tuners to operate optimally with OEM rides without any performance modifications undertaken, or very little [catback exhaust & CAI is about their limitations].

Make a phone call if you think I'm blowing smoke....

This is the very reason you should consider a custom tune [example: Hemifever] once you supplement a tuner with other, more complex, performance modifications

I vote Superchips or Hemifever depending on your route.

Good luck..
No I agree with you, I definitely noticed increases in performance when I got my tuner. But, compared to the custom tuning increases it really isn't that big of an increase. I didn't mean for it to sound like it was pointless. My bad!

My vote is for the custom tuning!
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Thanks for all the replies!

I'm currently looking at getting a custom tune, I will be calling the guy Monday to get more information. So if I plan on getting a CAI and Exhaust system, should I be getting that stuff first, or does it matter? I'd like to get the tune first then work my way to the CAI then Exhaust system. And Also, I was wondering what kind of increase in fuel mileage I would be getting? I'm getting about 450km per tank in the summer and 410 or so in the winter... how many extra km per tank would i expect do you think?
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No idea. its was Smiles Per Gallon for me.
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