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Old February 16th, 2013, 11:14 PM   #61
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Old February 17th, 2013, 12:01 AM   #62
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Ok. Thanks.
But let me tell you what I know.

I bought this 2008 lmm. The guy I got it from bought efi live
For this truck. He put 4" exhaust on the truck (from the turbo back)
And then had to delete the dpf. He did know how so he called efi and had them
Walk him though the delete. So he got that squared away.
And he said he looked into trying to Figure out how to get some tunes
On it ( I think write some tunes) and said it was to Confusing.
So he just left it alone.
So I bought the truck, and the efi live from him.
I put the cd in my laptop and downloaded all the stuff
Just wasn't sure what I should do from here.
I I'm a Newbie to the diesel world, just trying to get
On board!! Just wish their was a good video out their
Showing how it all works.
Now will it matter that I didn't buy this new myself when
I go to do anything with it??

I do Appreciate all the Patients and the help!!!
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Old February 17th, 2013, 11:38 AM   #63
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or buy a tuned ecm for less money, take 5 minutes to plug it in and be done.
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Old February 18th, 2013, 08:35 AM   #64
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Or buy a tuned ecm for less money, take 5 minutes to plug it in and be done.
If you already own a V2 with an EFILive license, it will cost MORE for a pre-tuned ecu then it would to get tunes to load yourself (The tuner would have to buy a license for their V2 to match your ECU).

Basically you would contact the tuner of your choice, and tell them what you have. They would prepare the tunes you request / they recommend, and email them to you. You then plug your V2 into your computers USB port, and into your truck, download the tunes to your truck, and be good to go.

You don't need to load the tunes onto the V2, it just acts as an interface cable between the truck and the computer.

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Old February 18th, 2013, 06:23 PM   #65
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Ahhhh I see!! So Do any of you guys have any good recommendations Where to get my tunes at. I hear the name Rob a lot on diesel forums.
Have any of you guys Done any of this yet with EFI live?
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Old February 19th, 2013, 12:07 AM   #66
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Idaho Rob, from atp is definitely one of the best. Not the cheapest but you get what you pay for. Just be careful on that trans, the Allison is a beast but when you start adding 100 hp over stock it will grenade.
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I run Idaho Rob's tunes on my 07 Classic. I love the way it runs / the way the power comes on.

I highly recommend installing a TransGo Jr shift kit if you plan to bump up the power. I installed one in my truck as a cheap preventative measure (Never limped / noticed a problem before). You hardly notice it's there, but it keeps the line pressures up and prevents damage.

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How much the the tunes cost????
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I'm pretty sure I payed ~$250-300.

-Rob
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I'm pretty sure I payed ~$250-300.

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How many tunes?
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Old February 24th, 2013, 01:44 PM   #71
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Most of the tuners will sell you 5 for your DSP5 switch for around $250. I have the Kori Willis Tune for my 2007.5 LMM. Just got it but researched them all pretty hard before I made my decision. Either Idaho Rob or Kori Willis make great tunes from all accounts. I went with Kori because I couldn't get ATP to respond to my emails.

The Tuner you have sells for around $900 and like you know will tune up to 2 trucks and will scan most GM vehicles. You got a great deal if you got it for $500. The tuners will email you the tunes to download. It is pretty easy. Tuning yourself is not.

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How many tunes?
That was for 5 tunes and a DSP5 switch.

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Cool! I'll get ahold of one if theses guys and get some tunes
I'm pretty nervous of All the stuff I have read about the transmissions
Everybody says to stay under 100hp tunes. Some people recommend putting a trans kit in before you install the tunes. What do you guys think about the trans?
I don't beat on my truck,I just use it for towing and driving around.
But. I do have a friend with a 2008 F350 with a 6.4 diesel.
That keeps running his trap about ford vs chevy.
He has a small Handheld tuner in his truck. ( not sure what kind) but I don't
Think it's all that and a bag of chips!!

But I Really don't want to lose against him!! Because I will never hear the end of it.
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The transmission will be fine if you don't abuse it. With 5 tunes you can select something like modified stock, light towing, heavy towing with turbo break, 90, and 150. Abusing it in the last 2 will get you in trouble but mostly it is being in it hard for the 4/5 shift.

I decided to wait until after the tune was in to see if I thought it would be a problem before I spent the money on the transmission but I expect to do that eventually anyway. If it does cause a problem it is likely to limp on me and not grenade so I will have time to get it fixed.

YMMV

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First thing I did when I got mine was to service the transmission fluid. Double drain / re-fill with TranSynd. When I did that I decided to go all out and installed a new internal filter, Allison Deep Pan, and TransGo JR shift kit. It's cheap insurance to keep the trans happy for years to come.

Waiting on the transmission to start limping / failing before upgrading it is bad idea. Once you start limping, the clutches are already toast, and the damage is already done.

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First thing I did when I got mine was to service the transmission fluid. Double drain / re-fill with TranSynd. When I did that I decided to go all out and installed a new internal filter, Allison Deep Pan, and TransGo JR shift kit. It's cheap insurance to keep the trans happy for years to come.

Waiting on the transmission to start limping / failing before upgrading it is bad idea. Once you start limping, the clutches are already toast, and the damage is already done.

-Rob
Rob,

Does the TransGo JR Shift Kit really save the clutches? I thought that you needed to replace the clutches even with the TransGo kit in order to get the trans to handle the extra HP/Torque.

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The Transgo JR kit for the 6-speed Allisons helps for sure. If you have a 5 speed trans you need to go a lot deeper into the trans to make an appreciable difference. From what I can tell of the kit, it allows the transmission to run higher pressures in the C2 / C3 clutches and prevents slippage. In my case, after the trans had re-learned it's self, I ONLY notice the kit on hard acceleration at the 3-4 shift.

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The Transgo JR kit for the 6-speed Allisons helps for sure. If you have a 5 speed trans you need to go a lot deeper into the trans to make an appreciable difference. From what I can tell of the kit, it allows the transmission to run higher pressures in the C2 / C3 clutches and prevents slippage. In my case, after the trans had re-learned it's self, I ONLY notice the kit on hard acceleration at the 3-4 shift.

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Interesting. I'm trying to figure out a long 3-4 shift on mine too. One guy suggested it was after the Trango Jr. install. Is a long 3-4 shift what you're noticing on yours?
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Rob,

Does the TransGo JR Shift Kit really save the clutches? I thought that you needed to replace the clutches even with the TransGo kit in order to get the trans to handle the extra HP/Torque.

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It helps some, but a $100 kit that consists of a couple springs and balls is no replacement for a $5000 built trans.
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My 3-4 shift is nice and crisp, slightly more so then before I installed the kit.

Yeah, don't get me wrong here, this is a $70 upgrade to the transmission, not a replacement for a $5000 built transmission. It will help it live, but it's not going to hold up to big power tunes and a lead foot.

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