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How To Go Further Between Regen!

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 16, 2018 3:32:48 PM / by Justin Tyson posted in LML Turbo, LML Performance, what are some upgrades I can go to my LML?, More Power for my LML?, LML Power, LML Tuning, LML

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You use your truck for daily commuting or hauling the family and trailer for a long weekend of camping,  you’re rolling up to your work or that campsite and you notice the LML go into regeneration (regen).  You can’t keep driving as you should because you got a job to do or things to unpack.  You can’t help but wonder what can be done to keep your LML from going into this cycle as often as it does, we’ll get into that in bit, first let’s look a little more at DPF regen. 

The DPF takes essentially 700 miles or 18 hours of drive time to put it to the maximum values of normal calculated mass soot levels, which if you were curious is 44 grams.   Active Regen describes the procedure your truck goes through to burn that accumulated soot.  To do this, fuel is dosed through a 9th injector directly into your exhaust.  Many drivers have noticed a drop in MPG and even potentially a lack of power during regen. 

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A popular theory is that if you go through regen less frequently, your MPGs will go up.  So, how can you go through less regens?

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Does Your Tractor Have More Power In It?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 10, 2018 8:45:00 AM / by Justin Tyson posted in Tuner for tractor, tractor tuner, tractor tuning, tractor, Tuner for John Deere, john deere, Tuner for Case, case ih, new holland

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It's that time of the year, you're in the field or just about to get in the field, you know you spent a lot of time last year just wishing your tractor had better power. This year go ahead and up-rate your rig to give you the quickest, most efficient work in the field yet! Maybe you feel as though your tractor is under powered when it comes to tillage or you just want your sprayer to get the job done fast, well tuning is exactly what you're going to need to push this years yield past prior seasons. Get more power safely and get it at a fraction of the cost.

We know this is your livelihood. We come from farm communities and we know how difficult it can be managing yields, crops, equipment, etc. These tunes are made with you in mind. The heart and soul of America is agriculture and this programmer is here to help push you to where you want to be. These tunes are for the farmer that is not ready to buy expensive new equipment or to pay a premium price for the next level at the dealer where you purchased the tractor.

 

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Stealth 67G2 LB7: The Ultimate 800 HP Duramax Turbo! 

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 26, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by Justin Tyson posted in Stealth, Stealth 67, Stealth 67G2, Turbo Upgrades, LML Turbo, LMM Turbo, LBZ Turbo, LLY Turbo, Duramax Turbo, Bolt on turbo, LB7 Turbo, Turbo Wheel

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Single, Drop-In, 800 HP, LB7 Turbo:

When you're looking for the ultimate Duramax turbo, everything really depends on what caters to your wants and needs for your truck.  This turbo was created with diesel enthusiasts such as ourselves in mind. We asked what everyone wanted in a larger turbo and the Stealth 67 G2 is what we came back with. This new addition to the Stealth line is superb and fits in the family of our in-house designed, industry leading turbos. Let's delve into what this beast can accomplish. 

LB7 STEALTH 67G2 DETAIL SHEET

 

The Stealth 67G2:

  • Quick spool up
  • Big power
  • Great daily driver
  • Models available for 2001-2016 Duramax (LB7, VVT, LML)
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The Never Ending Work-Stock Build

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 1, 2018 9:06:00 AM / by Justin Tyson posted in apachemax, apache

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How it started:

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Do Your LML Tunes Protect You From High EGTs?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 21, 2018 1:00:00 PM / by Paul Wilson posted in LML Performance, High EGT's, EGT

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LML SPADE & Smart EGT Control:

Exhaust Gas Temperatures (EGTs) give you an insight as to how much stress you are putting your engine under.  It is the most accurate way to monitor if your current activity is safe for the engine. 

In a factory tuned truck high EGTs would most commonly be a sign of a physical problem like a boost leak.  However, a tuner added to an aggressive driver could result in EGTs beyond the desired limit.  

Most examples of this also include a mismatch of your tune level and truck operation.  Such as the guy towing in his race tune.  

 

The LML SPADE by DuramaxTuner.com now includes a Smart EGT Control feature.

  • Let your tunes manage the EGTs so you can keep your eyes on the road
  • Have peace of mind that your truck is safe
  • Get the power you need from your truck without sacrificing reliability
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3 Tips to Prevent 2001-2005 Duramax ECM's From Crashing!

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 9, 2018 2:00:00 PM / by Paul Wilson posted in LLY TCM Tuning, lly performance, LB7, LB7 TCM Tuning

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What crashes an LB7 and LLY ECMs?:

If you have a 2001 - 2004 (LB7) or 2004.5 - 2005 (LLY) Duramax and have been thinking about tuning it, this article is for you. 

As you're probably aware, ECMs have some small risk of crashing during a tuning flash.  Browsing the forums online you definitely already picked up on the fact that the LB7 and LLY ECMs are more suscepitble to the issue.

To make sure you aren't stuck stranded somewhere far from home follow these tips: 

  • Disconnect all aftermarket electronics
  • Make sure your batteries are at a full charge
  • Flash your truck at home or a local garage
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Will a 6 Speed Conversion Kit Pay for Itself?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 8, 2018 10:03:00 AM / by Paul Wilson posted in 6 Speed Conversion Kit, Transmission Duramax, LB7, LLY mpg, how to get better fuel mileage with LLY, better mpg for lly

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6 Speed Conversion Kit for the LB7 & LLY 5 Speed Allison:

Your 2001-2005 Silverado/Sierra HD diesel is powered by either the LB7 (2001-2004) or LLY (2004.5-2005) Duramax.  That Duramax is tied to one of the most popular automatic transmissions, the Allison 1000.

While the Allison 1000 was a big step forward, it still needed improvement.  The LB7/LLY models came with 4 gears and Overdrive, or "5 speed".   In 2006 General Motors (GM) released the 6 Speed transmission for the new at the time LBZ model and other HD trucks. 

Without getting too technical about how automatic transmissions work, they did not actually add a physical gear.  The Allison works through a series of clutch packs being applied with hydraulic pressure to create different gear ratios.  What GM actually did was design a brand new valve body and improved tuning to achieve the 6 speed Allison 1000.

I need a 6 Speed Conversion!

DuramaxTuner.com now has a 6 Speed Conversion Kit which includes a new valve body and custom tuned TCM that allows your truck to achieve 6th gear.  

Who Will The 6 Speed Conversion Kit Help?

  • Owners wanting a quieter ride
  • Drivers looking for a smoother shifting transmission
  • Highway commuters
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Who Needs 6th Gear? LB7/LLY 6 Speed Conversion!

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM / by Paul Wilson posted in LB7, LLY, 5 Speed, 6 Speed Conversion Kit

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5 to 6 Speed Allison Conversion:

The Allison 1000 transmission equipped in the 2001-2005 HD Silverado and Sierra was considered to be revolutionary when it was released. 

 

Owners rave about the smoothness and reliability of the 5 speed Allison transmissions.  They're able to reliably handle the strain of towing heavy and still have reasonable street manners for commuting.  Duramaxtuner has recently invested considerable time into the AL5 controller to build out the shift shedule and quality of all the 5-6 and 6-5 shifts.  Matched with our upgraded valvebody this kit will have your 15 year old truck shifting like a 2018 model. 

As most technology has advanced over the last 12+ years, so has transmission technology.  You've probably noticed that just about everything on wheels has more gears these days.  Starting in 2006 all Duramax powered GM trucks were given an extra overdrive gear (.61).  Since then, they haven't looked back. 

Why is that?  Why does your truck need more gears? 

Benefits from more gears:

  • MPG improvement 
  • Noise Reduction
  • Parts Longevity
  • Narrower Cruise range to meet Emissions Requirements
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2011-2016 Ford Diesel Dead Pedal

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Paul Wilson posted in 2011-2016 Ford 6.7 Tuner, Ford, Ford 6.7, Insight Pro, Custom Ford Tuning

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The 2011-2016 Ford Powerstroke is an amazing truck.  With up to 24,500 lbs of 5th wheel towing capacity and 400-440 HP from the factory these diesel trucks are meant to be worked.  

However, you many have noticed that your Ford 6.7L just doesn't seem to have the snap your old truck did.  You step on the throttle thinking all that power is going to rocket you into traffic.  In reality you probably feel like it just meanders into the lane.  We call this lack of throttle response the "Dead Pedal".  

Below you will find 3 things that cause the Dead Pedal and a simple solution for your truck. 

 

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Why your 2011-2016 Ford 6.7L Powerstroke feels slow!

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 10, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Paul Wilson posted in Emissions Intact, Emissions, EGR ON, EGR Delete, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, DPF ON, DPF Intact, DPF Delete, regen, DEF fluid, NOX, 2011-2016 Ford 6.7 Tuner, Ford, Ford 6.7

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2011-2016 Ford Diesel Dead Pedal

Many customers have upgraded from their old pre-emissions Powerstroke to a new Ford 6.7L and found there are a few changes besides just the looks. 

The2011-2014 F250 and other diesel models made and astonishing 400 RWHP and 800 ft/lbs while the 2015/2016 Powerstroke makes 440 RWHP and 860 ft/lbs of torque. Which is impressive by itself but you will probably notice your old Ford diesel feels quicker.  In fact we hear many stories of guys trying to merge into traffic or gun it to get in front of someone and the pedal does not seem to respond.  This phenomena is often called the Ford 6.7L "Dead Pedal".  The "Dead Pedal" is a delay the driver feels between pressing on the throttle pedal and the truck reacting as desired. 

 

 

But what causes the Ford Diesel Dead Pedal?  And more importantly, What is the fix for it?

These are exactly the questions we hope to answer for you. Below you will see what we have put together on the topic. 

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