With a diesel truck, one of the first things you want to do is modify it. Whether that be interior or exterior accessories, larger, better flowing exhaust, or even custom tuning, it’s inevitable. When it comes to the 2006+ Dodge Ram Cummins trucks, EFILive is clearly one of the most superior tuning platforms available and that’s why we have brought you here today. We’re installing custom tuning to our tow truck, Project TowBoat.
When it comes to modifying a diesel truck, there aren’t many things that offer a large horsepower-per-dollar return as custom tuning does. Injectors or injectables will rank up there with great increases, but those usually require additional insurance mods. With fuel injectors, you’re going to need the air to support it. With a turbocharger, you’re going to need the fuel to get the full potential. But with custom tuning, you can gain a great amount of power in only a few minutes.
For Project TowBoat, we wanted to take advantage of the most powerful and state-of-the-art tuning available for these trucks. The guys and gals over at EFILive helped us reach our end goal. By the time we’re done, we want to tow our drag truck cross-country with our new mods to the truck, while also obtaining great fuel mileage and lower exhaust gas temperatures.
One common misconception of EFILive is that they actually aren’t a tuning company. What they actually do is software engineering, through which they can accommodate their customers so they can offer tuning to nearly all of the engine parameters. With that kind of access, this allows the professionals to go in and fine-tune engines to reach peak performance.
With that being said, that’s why we have teamed up alongside Firepunk Diesel to get the most out of our 6.7-liter Cummins engine. We have our AutoCal from Firepunk with the expert touch installed already for our current modifications. Included in the box are the AutoCal itself, the OBDII to AutoCal wire, OBDII-DSP5 switch wire, and the DSP5 switch and detailed instructions on how to pull and write files onto the truck’s ECM.
The DSP5 Switch
One of the most popular things about EFILive is their capability to use it as a programmer and change the levels of performance on the fly. Generally, when using a programmer, you have to change the tuning on the truck as the truck sits with the engine off. With the DSP5 switch, you have the capability to change the ECM’s settings without reflashing. With only a turn of the five-position switch, you’re changing settings for different situations.
As we stated before, we elected to use Firepunk Diesel for the tuning. When dealing with them, generally, the AutoCal will come with three separate tunes. If you decide to use the CSP5 switch, the tuner will load up to five tunes onto it. Regardless of how you use it, each tune file is designated for its own power levels and changes.
Tune 1: Modified Stock
The modified stock setting is basically for those wanting minimal increases. This will be fine tuned to put the engine of your truck dead into its efficiency range and perform the best it can at that power level. Estimated to add 30 horsepower.
Tune 2: Mileage
The obvious mileage tune is for optimal performance in going the distance. This is for those long-distance drives, where you’re trying to get the most out of each and every fuel tank. Estimated to add 60 horsepower.
Tune 3: Towing
If you’re a heavy hauler and want the best of both worlds – mileage and increased power – the tow tune is for you. The tow tune is designed to provide more low-end torque for towing those heavy trailers.Estimated to add 100 horsepower.
Tune 4: Street
You’ve unloaded the trailer, and now you’re out and about. This is for those who are wanting to have a little fun on the weekend and possibly ruin some expensive tires. This is nearing a maximum effort tune, but still not quite 110 percent. At this point, you’re adding up to 120+ horsepower.
Tune 5: Race
If you’re one to frequently travel to the streets of Mexico, then this is for you. This is the maximum effort tune for your truck that your tuner has created. You’ve told him what modifications are installed and with a professional opinion, they will create the safest yet most powerful tune possible. When you upgrade more parts like a transmission, CP3 injection pump(s), injectors, or turbo(s), you can reach out for a re-tune that will be modified for the new parts. Inevitably, the truck will run even better.
So, what’s next? Well, with our tunes loaded onto the truck, we took it out for a rip. It is certainly clear that we’re making way more power than before. So, stay tuned to see some dyno sessions for actual numbers on all settings, along with a lot more boost. We are eager to get this thing loaded down and pull our drag truck to see how much better it does.
We cannot thank the whole crew at EFILive for being apart of this build, and thank Lavon at Firepunk Diesel for helping us out with tuning our project truck. If you have a 2006+ Dodge Ram truck, you check out their website here and get your custom tunes right now. For more information or questions about EFILive, be sure and check out their website. Stay tuned, as much more is coming for Project TowBoat here on Diesel Army.