Ford F-150/F-250: Tuner Reviews

Purchasing a tuner could be a good way to enhance your Ford F-150 or Super Duty's torque, power, and mpg.

By Cynthia Griffith - November 3, 2014
Contributors: Peddler 1000, Lilpooh

This article applies to the Ford F-150 (2004-2014) and F-250 Super Duty (2005-2014).

If you are looking for a way to upgrade your eleventh or twelfth generation F-150 or Super Duty, purchasing a tuner could be the way to go, particularly if aspects like torque, throttle response, and fuel economy are of high importance to you. In most cases, a tuner (sometimes referred to as a programmer or a performance chip) optimizes the motor in your car, adding an authentic feel of power every time you climb behind the wheel, but not all tuners are created equal. Since reviews can be scattered all over the worldwide web, we’ve compiled a basic outline of the majority opinion in regards to a few popular brands.

Understanding Reflash

A reflash is an update of the computer software that is currently operating the engine on your pickup. Occasionally, when installing new equipment, it becomes necessary to update this vehicle's computer which is technically referred to as a power control module or a PCM for short. Whether or not you will need one depends entirely on your vehicle and choice of tuner, but if it turns out that you do need a reflash in order to make the upgrade, it is advisable to read reviews on the latest PCM upgrades as they could change the way your vehicle runs.

There are many different brands of tuners that are compatible with the eleventh and twelfth generation F-150 and F-250 Super Duty. If you already have your eye on a specific brand, feel free to scroll down and find out what consumers are saying about it.

SCT



Popular SCT Model Types

The three most talked about SCT model types are below, in no particular order:

  • Live Wire --- The Live Wire model can hold up to ten custom tunes and features customizable graphics and high speed data logging and monitoring. It promises firmer shifting and increased horsepower, throttle response and torque along with better gas mileage.
  • SF3 --- The SF3 is legal in all 50 states and guaranteed to boost horsepower and torque.
  • ITSX --- This Android wireless compatible programmer is also legal in all 50 states and its smart phone technology makes for easy installation in addition to increased torque, horsepower and gas mileage.

Recommended if you are looking for top quality tuner.

Edge


The edge models tend to rise in popularity in accordance with their price which could be the main reason they haven’t received quite as much buzz as their above mentioned programmer counterpart. The Evolution is their most popular type of programmer and second most expensive programmer to date. The Evolution is available for gas and diesel vehicles. In addition to boosting horsepower and torque, increasing gas mileage, and delivering multiple levels of power, the Evolution also has a noteworthy screen Ford owners cannot stop raving over. Recommended if you are looking for easy to use tuner.

Superchips

Superchips tuner purchasers are satisfied with their programmers for a very unique reason: Superchips can be used on more than one truck. Unlike most programmers that lock themselves into the vehicle they’re initially installed on, Superchips can be taken from one truck to another and then returned to the original truck as needed. If you’re unsure about whether or not you really want a tuner, purchasing a tuner you could resell to another F-150 or Super Duty owner is probably the way to go. With this thought in mind, it is notable to mention that SCT devices can be unmarried or unlocked from the vehicle they were originally installed on but not all of their custom tunes function correctly on varying types of trucks. Recommended if you are planning to use it on multiple vehicles.

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