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Review the Best Tuners for Ford F-150 EcoBoost Truck Engines

In this article we shortlisted some of the best tuners available for Ford’s F-150 EcoBoost models today.

To understand tuners, we first need to talk a bit about a vehicle’s ECU. Drivetrains of modern vehicles are electronically controlled by software logic maps stored inside the vehicle’s ECU (read: brain). These logic maps, called tune files, control hundreds of parameters related to the behavior of the drivetrain such as fuel injection, valve timing, ignition timing, gear shifts, and engine rev limit.

Figure 1: Tune files stored inside a vehicle’s ECU control the drivetrain behavior. Source: dsportmag.

Tune files provided by manufacturers from the factory are relatively conservative. They are meant to cater to an average consumer, compromise on throttle response in favor of comfort, and comply with legal regulations at the same time—a jack of all trades, if you may. There is room for growth here.

Tuners are cell-phone-sized devices that write new tune files to the ECU of your vehicle by connecting to the OBD port of the vehicle. This allows drivers to customize the character of their vehicle by prioritizing what they desire—power, gas mileage, better towing, or even calibrating the vehicle to their newly installed aftermarket parts.

Figure 2: Tuning options come in all different shapes and sizes. Source: VividRacing.

Tuners are a good way of getting the maximum performance out of your vehicle and making the most of any upgraded parts that are installed. However, there is a disclaimer required here: some tuners may increase your vehicle’s emissions beyond the legal limits depending on your state.

While tuners come in many different shapes, even the most basic ones perform three basic functions: they come preloaded with at least one tune file, they allow the storing of custom tune files (ten custom files in most cases), and they read and clear DTC codes.

By paying for some of the more high-end options on the market you get better user interface, more customizing options, a larger number of pre-loaded tune files, live data readouts and logging functionality, OTA firmware updates using Wi-Fi connectivity, and even cloud access.  

Ford F-150, with its many engine options and cult-like aftermarket support, provides an amazing platform for tuning. The EcoBoost engines, primarily the 3.5L, are the most popular and provide ample room to stretch your tuning legs.

Figure 3: Ford F-150 EcoBoost engines offer a lot of room to increase performance. Source: VividRacing

Tuners are somewhat like mobile phones. All of them will (figuratively) make a phone call and send texts. Also, like phones, it can be tricky to figure out which one is suitable for you. What sets them apart are three main factors, each of which we believe will appeal to different people.

First, most bang for the buck. This category will appeal to users who are looking for a no-nonsense tuner that will provide the most power and torque gains at a reasonable price point. They are probably not planning on upgrading a lot of stock parts on their rig.

Second, the Swiss army knife category. These users prefer good customization options for the tunes to go with the aftermarket parts installed on their truck but are probably not willing to break the bank to get a larger touchscreen.

Lastly, borderline race tech. This is ideal for people who want a finger on the pulse of their engine all the time, require space-grade data logging, and are constantly trying to refine their tune to squeeze every last bit out. Needless to say, price is not necessarily a factor in their decision.

Now we reviewed the options out there and picked the one, which we think is the best for each of these three categories.

Our top choice in this category is for people who like to cut to the chase. A good tune with large power and torque gains is what a tuner should provide, and this is all they are looking for. BDX from Bully Dog (or SCT) from Florida based Derive Systems fits the deal.

Figure 4: Bully Dog BDX is a no-nonsense tuner that offers the most bang for the buck. Source: VividRacing.

A sales representative at Derive Systems told us “BDX from Bully Dog and SCT are identical and are meant to cater to brand loyal customers. This [tuner] is for people who are looking to upload one tune and be done.” It comes preloaded with just one tune that can be adjusted for parameters like fuel octane level, axle ratios, custom air boxes, tire size, throttle body size, and more.


Now the meat part, if you are looking for more power and torque, this is probably the best preloaded tune on the market. Bully Dog advertises gains of up to 149HP and 139ft-lbs of torque for 2015+ variants of the 3.5L EcoBoost engine, although this might depend on your overall setup. With 93 Octane fuel, this tune has proven under-curve gains of +126 HP and +118 ft-lbs of torque at the wheel.

Figure 5: Bully Dog BDX advertises a gain of as much as +149HP power and +139ft-lb torque, mostly in the higher RPM range with 93 Octane. Source: Bully Dog.

This is amazing! These gains are noticeable for almost the entire RPM range, but are definitely more prominent on the higher side. This ends up making the RPM vs torque curve flatter, which will provide a huge improvement in driving experience. Similarly, under-curve gains of up to +79HP and +95ft-lbs torque have been observed for the smaller 2.7L EcoBoost models as well. BDX is also compatible with the High Output 3.5L EcoBoost engine.

In addition, while being an entry level tuner, BDX has very impressive capabilities of reading and clearing DTCs, monitoring engine vitals, data logging, and is even Wi-Fi enabled for OTA updates. However, your user experience might be underwhelmed due to an extremely small screen size and antiquated push button interface. BDX also allows storing up to 20 customer tune files from external parties, and this can also be done wirelessly using their cloud platform.

BDX can be married with up to three vehicles, after which it gets locked and requires an additional $150 fee to unlock, the same sales representative told us. Plus, it will work well if you have a custom air intake or exhaust on your truck, but anything more than that will require a custom tune. One more thing from the fine print: Bully Dog / SCT BDX is illegal for use in the state of California.

You can order your BDX at right around $400 on vividracing.com.

Sources: American Truck Ford, Derive Systems; interview conducted with sales representative at Derive Systems (09/30/2020).

Our second category is catered towards people who want something more than a basic tuner. They plan on adding some aftermarket parts to their truck and want to be able to customize the tune. Or, they are not too interested in power gains, but rather towing ability or even gas mileage.

Figure 6: Superchips Dashpaq offer three preloaded tunes that can be further customized. Source: Superchips.

Our top pick in this category is the Superchips Dashpaq.  Dashpaq comes preloaded with three tune options – Economy, Towing, and Performance. Each of these three tunes can be customized to a good extent to accommodate your driving style and custom parts. In addition to common customization options such as tire size and rev limiter, it will also allow you to adjust shift points and firmness. With the 93 Octane and Performance tune option, Dashpaq put out an additional +48HP and +82ft-lb torque under the curve at the wheels for a 2016 3.5L EcoBoost.


These are considerable gains, mainly at the low end of the RPM band, which is going to make your truck accelerate much faster and also improve towing performance. Like most other tuners on the market, Dashpaq will also hold 10 custom tunes from external parties. While it is Wi-Fi enabled for OTA updates, it does have cloud access for transferring tune files.

Dashpaq has a 2.5” screen with a push button interface and can display up to six drivetrain parameters at once for monitoring. The screen layout is customizable, and it comes with a windshield mount that you can use to monitor your truck vitals on the go. DTC reading and clearing, and data logging functionality is also standard.

Figure 7: The default home screen layout of Dashpaq where it displays up to six drivetrain parameters in real time. Source: American Trucks.

Other than the three preloaded tunes, what also makes the Dashpaq a unique product at this price point is their virtual performance tests. Based on your tune, drivetrain parameters, and vehicle weight (which is entered manually), Dashpaq can simulate your 0-60 time, your quarter mile time along with trap speed, and also engine horsepower output. For our fuel savers out there, there is also a Mileage Coach that helps you improve your driving style by providing you with real-time fuel optimization strategies.

There is good news in the fine print too. Superchips offers a limited one-year warranty on the product and the tune. Also, unlike Bully Dog / SCT products, there is no limit on the number of vehicles you can use your Dashpaq with. It is also legal for use in emission restrictive states such as California.

You can purchase Superchips Dashpaq for about $460 at your preferred dealer.

Source: American Trucks Ford, MSD Performance.

This category is for the best top of the line tuner available out there, and we pick the Edge Gas Evolution CTS2 to be our contender. A technical representative for Edge told us that “all three brands [Edge, Superchips, and Diablosports] are managed by the same parent [Powerteq, LLC] so the tunes available in the CTS2 are identical to the ones in Superchips Dashpaq. CTS2 has bigger screen and some additional features.”

Figure 8: The Edge Gas Evolution CTS2 is one the best top of the line tuners out there. Source: Edge Products.

Given that, tuning performance can be expected to be similar to Superchips Dashpaq (or Edge Gas Evolution CS2 for that matter). With 91 Octane setup, American Trucks reported an additional 55HP and 72ft-lbs torque at the wheels, which is also more prominent at the low end like before. Same level of flexibility and customization with the three preloaded tunes as the Dashpaq can also be expected from CTS2.

What sets the CTS2 apart, then, is its tablet like 5” HD touchscreen. As a start, it lets you adjust the screen layout and the color profile to your taste. Where CTS2 shines the most is in its data monitoring and recording functionality, which is impressively augmented by the screen. CTS2 can monitor, display, and record pretty much every single parameter in the vehicle—including g forces, throttle position, and even grade percent. This opens up immense possibilities for having a data-based approach to refining any custom tune.

The screen comes with a windshield mount and can display up to eight parameters at once in real time. There are options to have both digital and analog display layouts. You can even set individual thresholds, colors, and alarms for each of the parameters you choose to display. In addition to features like virtual performance tests, Mileage Coach, data logging and diagnostics that are available in Dashpaq, CTS2 is also able to connect to a rearview camera.

Figure 9: CTS2 offers many customizable layouts for data display and can even connect to a rearview camera. Source: Edge Products.

CTS2 comes with the same limited one-year warranty that is offered on Powerteq products, and has no limitation on the number of vehicles it can be married with. Edge offers the Gas Evolution CTS2 in a separate variant that is also legal for use in California.

Gas Evolution CTS2 is available at dealer at a price point of about $640.

Sources: American Truck Ford, interview conducted with representative from Powerteq, LLC (09/30/2020).

Sours: https://www.car-engineer.com/review-the-best-tuners-for-ford-f-150-ecoboost-truck-engines/

Got a 2015-2017 F150 V8 5.0L?

Custom tunes allow for many choices when it comes to tuning your vehicle. 5 Star Tuning will be offering these popular choices for the new F150 5.0L V8.

Our Custom tuned devices will come with 5 of these Performance Calibrations; which will have all the enhancements completed in Engine and Transmission functions. This includes Drive By Wire, Fuel, Shifting, and Torque Converter strategies. These performance calibrations can increase economy the trick is staying off the go pedal.

You will also get user options with each of these tunes as well, so you can change stuff like timing, shift pressures or fueling.

Calibrations will enhance some if not all of these areas depending on Map/Tune developed.
● fuel
● drive by wire
● grill shutters
● cold/hot start idle
● idle drive
● variable cam
● shifting normal mode
● converter normal mode
● shifting Tow/Haul mode
● converter Tow/Haul mode
● timing
● cruise/speed control
● variable speed fan
● speed limiters
● tire size
● axle ratio

CALIBRATIONS that are available for your F150 5.0L V8 are:


These are our number 1 tunes!  They have great power and great drive ability while daily driving or towing factory weight ratings.   Best all around tune for the F150 5.0L v8.  (Can Tow Factory Weight Ratings with these Maps/Tunes)

87 Octane Performance/Tow
89 Octane Performance/Tow
91 Octane Performance/Tow
93 Octane Performance/Tow

5.0L Performance CALIBRATION

These tunes are about straight line Max Performance. Performance oriented shifting and higher rpm shifts both up shifting and down shifting.

91 Octane Performance Only! (Has Firm Shifting)
93 Octane Performance Only! (Has Firm Shifting)

E85 Octane Performance Only! (Has Firm Shifting)


These tunes are for all out economy.  Work well in an heavy in town environment on a daily basis or open highway.

87 Octane Economy
89 Octane Economy
91 Octane Economy
93 Octane Economy

Sours: https://5startuning.com/got-a-2015-2017-f150-v8-5-0l/
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Pre-Loaded Gas & Diesel Performance

From the factory, your vehicle’s computer is calibrated for the masses, designed with the average driver in mind, not the performance enthusiast. This not only leaves valuable Horsepower & Torque hidden inside your vehicle, but it also makes for a mediocre driving experience. The Livewire TS unlocks your vehicle’s hidden performance by re-calibrating your vehicle’s computer for Maximum Horsepower & Torque, Increased Throttle Response, Firmer Shifts and even Increased Fuel Mileage.


SCT’s Pre-loaded Dyno Proven tune files optimize the vehicle’s Air / Fuel Ratio, Engine Timing & Fuel Curves for Maximum Performance while maintaining OEM reliability & drivability.


Whether towing a fully loaded race trailer or a 5th Wheel Camper, SCT’s Towing tune files add the perfect mix of Horsepower & Torque to help make hauling loads easier. SCT’s Performance & Towing tune files not only optimize the vehicle for Maximum Performance, they often INCREASE the vehicle’s FUEL MILEAGE by up to 1-2MPG!

Livewire TS+ Product Features:

  • Color 4″ Touch Screen Display
  • Rear View Camera Input
  • Automatic On / Off / Sleep Mode
  • Holds up to 10 Custom Tunes
  • Reads & Clears DTC Codes
  • Built-In Performance Calculator
  • High Speed Data Logging & Monitoring
  • User Adjustable Tune Options
  • Switch On-The-Fly (ONLY ON PRELOADED TUNES!)
  • Built-In Wifi for easy updates
  • User Adjustable Warning / Alerts
  • Improved Windshield Mount Included


Additional Ordering Information – Under normal circumstances custom tunes are delivered via email within two business days of completing the custom tuning sheet.
The custom tuning sheet link is downloadable after you complete your purchase. This is how we collect the vehicle and tuner data necessary to write your custom tunes. To eliminate delays please whitelist @gearheadautomotiveperformance.com email addresses in your email client so your spam filter does not block delivery of emails from us.

Additional information

Weight2 lbs
Dimensions7 × 7 × 5 in
Sours: https://www.ghtuning.com/product/sct-5015p-ford-programmer-11-16-f150/
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Whether you are looking for towing performance, street drivability, or better fuel economy, we have you covered. Adding a DiabloSport tune to your 2015 F150 will add an immediate increase in all three! We optimized each tune to enhance throttle response, increase low-end torque, and add 1-2 MPG over stock. Our tuning team even optimized the factory’s “tow haul” mode to help you when hauling a heavy load!

Dyno & Street Tested Power Gains

2016_f150-dynoWhen we tuned the 2015 F150 on our dyno, we were on a mission for POWER! Every enhancement we made on the truck ensured more horsepower than stock, a more responsive throttle, and a better overall shift feel. Everyone knows that the F150 has the power to get almost any job done, but our tuners for the 5.0L engine can make your truck feel better than ever!

Our calibration team toiled over the tuning for the 2015 and 2016 trucks to get the best mix of performance gains, fuel economy increases, and drivability improvements, while maintaining the F150s legendary reliability. The tune options in our tuner depend on what grade of fuel you want to run; we created tunes for 87, 91, and 93 octane. The 93 Octane Performance Tune makes the biggest power gains on the F150, getting a respectable 20 horsepower and18 Ft/Lbs of torque. What the dyno sheet does not show you is that after you tune it, your truck is going to feel like never before! Our programmers also let you tweak a huge variety of options on your truck like calibrating for aftermarket wheels, removing your speed limiter, or adjusting the transmission.

Hauling Horsepower

Whether you are towing a trailer or hauling cement, DiabloSport’s tunes ensure increased power delivery throughout the entire RPM range. The throttle will feel more responsive, making it a breeze to get up to speed on the highway or over that steep hill.

Pre-Loaded Performance Programs

The tune selections for the 2015 F150 5.0L depend on the type of gas you want to put in the tank. For best results, we always recommend running the highest-octane gas available in your area and running the tune associated with that octane rating (e.g. 93 octane, 91 octane)

93 Octane Performance Tune +20 HP | + 18 TQ

Our tunes for 93 octane make the maximum amount of additional power available on the 2015 F150, plus all of our pre-tuned drivability enhancements.

91 Octane Performance Tune +18 HP | +18 TQ

The 91 Octane Performance tune “Premium” fuel that is available in some areas of the USA and abroad. It makes slightly less power than the 93-octane tune, but offers all of the same great drivability gains.

87 Octane Performance Tune +10 HP | +12 TQ

This tune will get your truck the biggest power gain available when running “regular” 87-octane fuel your truck. It offers the same drivability enhancements as all of our performance tunes, but it does not make as much power as using premium fuel.

Modify Stock Tune

This tune uses the Corvette’s factory calibration, but allows for modifications to the tune to suit your own needs.

Adjustable Parameters

  • Cooling Fan Control
  • Exhaust Cam Adjustment vs. RPM
  • Fuel Rich/Lean Adjustment vs. RPM
  • Gear Ratio
  • Global Timing Adjustment
  • Intake Cam Adjustment vs. RPM
  • Part Throttle Shift Points
  • Rev Limiter
  • Shift Firmness
  • Speed Limiter
  • Timing Advance/Retard vs. RPM
Sours: https://www.diablosport.com/news/2015-2016-ford-f-150-5-0l-tuners/

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