Skip to main content

Site Navigation

Your Account

Choose Language

Should I Have my ECM tuned at Pitt Power?

I am having Pitt Power put on a dampner and balancer and Bruce was suggesting some other upgrades. I am toying with the idea of having the ECM tuned but hesitant because my truck has 960k miles on it. Any thoughts?

Answer this question I have this problem too

Is this a good question?

Score 0
Add a comment

7 Answers

Most Helpful Answer

Follow you instincts....I wouldn't mess with the ECM, if I was going to do anything I would get the power box then you can adjust it yourself.''italic text''

Was this answer helpful?

Score 1

Comments:

I am considering going to a box setup, but I am taking a longer look at the Truck Edition module from Area Diesel (Illinois and Iowa locations). They have more hookup to timing sensors and such that reads the engine a little better and is user adjustable for different levels of performance from the cab like the PP box is. Based on the same idea all around like the PP box, but takes advantage of reading various sensors directly instead of thru the ECM alone. And it is lower cost.

by

thats the worst advise ever, the power box retards timming by adding more fuel at the end of the injection pulse, thats the reason why most cant run it past level 2-3 for more the a min.. recipe for engine melt down.. do you actually own a box??? ecm tuning is much safer as it is a complete setup and not just adding fuel, makes me laugh at how everybody who follows KR to a tee preaches the power box...EVEN THOUGH nobody actually has 1 or has played around with a tuned ecm

by

Add a comment

Bruce is a sales person - I have heard those balancers on the crank shaft don't really help and many of them get taken off.

As far as the ECM custom programming is concerned, make sure you carry a spare ECM just in case you take your truck into the shop and the shop reprograms your ECM. You can then swap ECMs. If you don't - then it's money down the drain for the ECM custom programming.

Was this answer helpful?

Score 1

Comments:

That is the advantage to the Bully Dog way of doing it. If truck is going to shop, you can revert to stock tune, and then put back in the performance tune when it comes out of the shop.

by

most well written tunes in the ecm are undetected by a tech plugging in unless they go line by line in deepinto the program, simply plugging in using cat et for example wont reveal anything... other then that only way they can find a out of spec ecm is on a Dyno

by

Add a comment

I'm with Blackwood777 on this. Especially with the mileage you are getting too Steve! Like we talked, I would hate to mess up what good you have going!!!

Was this answer helpful?

Score 1
Add a comment

Nothing to worry about about their ecm reflash of the power box. Simplified, what both do is get rid of epa low knock settings, update fuel maps and adjust ignition timing. The reflash might get wiped out by a dealer but the power box is a simple pnp application and if you're not happy you can resell it (or maybe even return it?).

Was this answer helpful?

Score 0

Comments:

power box does not rid of "Low NOX' programming its simply a timming duration box that adds fuel at the end of the timming cycle, thus retarding timming and the reason why peoplewho use this have big time heat problems

by

Add a comment

I removed my balancer and plan to cut it open to see what's going on with it. As for the ECM tune, are you ready for the $20,000 overhaul?

Was this answer helpful?

Score 0

Comments:

The balancer is filled with mercury...all you'll find out after you cut it open is what kind of cancer you've gotten. Good luck :)

by

Not with liquid mercury. Vaporized mercury is the problem.

by

Add a comment

ecm tunes done right by PDI, Diesel spec or Bullydog will not mean a 20000 overhaul, im running a modified tune on a C15 Acert, 715hp 2200-2300tq, 2 years now, 0.5 better mpg and 150-200 degrees cooler mpg, total oppisite of what Pits power does

Was this answer helpful?

Score 0

Comments:

there's been several that have posted on here with nightmares of having their ECM flashed, you may be different. I would never have it done unless I had a spare ECM if it started acting up. Most guys can't afford that. I went through the headache of experiencing problems on a manual Cummins that I listen to the garbage someone preached to me about how a power uprate would help my engine which resulted in another overhaul after my second year running it. I usually learn my lesson the first time I would not do it again.

by

Add a comment

I myself run a custom bully dog tune so i have the ability to return to stock any time. More power means more responsibility and is not meant for everyone. What happened to you was with an old mechanical engine where too many guys were turning up the pumps too much and not changing anything else. I.E. done wrong. Like I said if you go to a reputable tuner not any jo blow with a laptop a get it tuned right for what your doing the truck will run better then stock. To do this you have to do your homework

Was this answer helpful?

Score 0
Add a comment

Add your answer

Steve Conjerti will be eternally grateful.
View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 0

Past 7 Days: 1

Past 30 Days: 3

All Time: 713