Duramax Programmers, Chips, Tuners, Modules
The below products are popular programmer and chip options for your Duramax. However, to see all options, please select your vehicle application from the top menu and navigate to the appropriate categ ... read more
The below products are popular programmer and chip options for your Duramax. However, to see all options, please select your vehicle application from the top menu and navigate to the appropriate category.
Many of us have been there. You're talking trucks with some buddies and one complains that his truck doesn't have the power it used to, or that its having trouble keeping up with all of the newer trucks. Then, someone speaks up and says "Why don't you just chip it?!" For those that aren't a performance enthusiast, or don't necessarily follow the lingo, this term may leave you completely lost. In short, a "chip" is a generic term used to describe a performance module, programmer, engine tuner, or any other electronic device used to enhance the performance of an engine. Some plug into the OBDII port under the dash and "flash" the truck's on board computer, called the ECM, others plug in line with existing sensors under the hood to alter the factory signal as it passes through the sensors, and others completely replace a computer. No matter what kind of chip or programmer you're looking at, one thing's for sure, they definitely make the truck more enjoyable to drive, because who doesn't like more power?!
GM was the first to release a truly advanced ECM coupled with a common rail fuel system in 2001. What this means is that the true capabilities of tuning were really first realized with the Duramax platform. Sure, power upgrades were prevalent before this, but in terms of extracting major power and fuel economy coupled with superb driving manners really hadn't come to fruition until tuning companies dove into the Duramax.
That being said, there are numerous methods for increasing the performance of your Duramax. While many would argue that a programmer that downloads a file into your ECM, such as EFILive, delivers the best gains, others have stellar success with chips such as an Edge Juice with Attitude. What separates a Juice with Attitude, and other similar chips, is that they plug inline with existing sensors under the hood to alter the signal as the factory calibration passes through the device. In each variation (programmer versus chip), some companies offer products that are a stand alone unit, while others have devices that also feature an interactive interface that allows you to monitor vital powertrain parameters, add a back up camera, and many other features. Ultimately, the decision comes down to what you use your truck for, how much power you're looking to add, and how much you're willing to spend.
All in all, we're obviously advocates for adding a performance programmer to your Duramax. We love power, and the additional fuel economy that can be had with it is an obvious perk.