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Edge Products Evolution CTS 2007-2009 Dodge Rams Programmer Test

Tested, Proven, Validated: Edge’s DPF-On Tuning Walks The Walk

Mike McGlothlin
Sep 1, 2014
Photographers: Kevin Foutz
In the diesel industry, it’s not uncommon to find that some tuning products don’t live up to all the hype. Oftentimes, horsepower gains are claimed on paper but never realized in the real world. This is not the case with the devices built by Edge Products. Edge is a company that’s been involved in the programmer market since the diesel craze began more than 15 years ago, and it doesn’t claim falsehoods when it comes to adding power. We were recently invited out to Edge’s Ogden, Utah, headquarters to validate its emissions-friendly Evolution CTS for 2007½ to 2009 Dodge Rams.
Our three-day stint in Utah consisted of chassis dyno testing and a trip to Rocky Mountain Raceway for some quarter-mile passes, eighth-mile runs with a 12,000-pound trailer in tow, grade acceleration tow testing, and a fuel economy drive. Each test was first performed with the stock ECM programming and then repeated with the Evolution programmer in the mix. The best part? We got to do all the driving. Follow along to see our thorough evaluation of Edge’s DPF-on Evolution CTS to see if it’s the right choice for you and your rig.
Photo 2/10   |   Edge Products Evolution CTS
Edge’s Evolution CTS is extremely popular among truck owners seeking an all-in-one package. Gains of up to 175 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque can be realized in certain applications, and the color touch screen (CTS) in-cab monitor has become all but the industry standard for keeping an eye on powertrain vitals (EGT, transmission temp, boost, rail pressure, and the like). Customizable tuning options also exist for customers with items such as injector and turbo upgrades.

The Test Mule
Year/Make/Model: 2009 Dodge Ram 2500
Configuration: Crew cab, longbed, four-wheel drive
Odometer: 74,500 miles
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6 (stock)
Transmission: 68RFE six-speed automatic (stock)
Emissions: DPF and EGR systems intact
Photo 3/10   |   2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Edge Products Evolution CTS Dyno Run
Boasting nothing but the best testing equipment, Edge’s facility houses three SuperFlow chassis dynamometers. For our purposes, we used its AutoDyno 849 dyno to obtain our rear-wheel horsepower numbers. Each run was made with the Ram’s 68RFE transmission locked in Fourth gear, and the truck accelerating from 40 to 80 mph. To obtain peak boost on each run, a 25 percent load was applied to the rollers. Given the fact that Edge’s headquarters sits at 4,300 feet above sea level, a 12 percent correction factor was applied to each dyno graph.
Photo 4/10   |   2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Edge Products Evolution CTS Dyno Chart 01
After starting with a stock baseline, we uploaded the Level 4 tune (capable of adding up to 125 hp and 340 lb-ft to ’07½ to ’09 Rams) for immediate back-to-back results. An impressive 112hp and 316-lb-ft gain were realized with the simple tuning change.

 Stock Programming Evolution Level 4
Horsepower: 321 hp at 2,900 rpm 433 hp at 2,600 rpm
Torque: 605 lb-ft at 2,350 rpm 921 lb-ft at 2,400 rpm
Peak Boost: 25 psi 28 psi
Peak EGT: 1,266 degrees 1,480 degrees
Photo 5/10   |   2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Edge Products Evolution CTS Dyno Chart 02
Next up, the stock numbers were pitted against Level 1 (tow setting) on the Evolution CTS. The result was a peak gain of 41 hp with at least an additional 40 hp being sustained from 2,300 rpm until the end of the run. In the meat of the torque band, you can see that (at least) 100 lb-ft more is on tap right where the truck would need it most. Despite the extra power on tap, the truck actually saw cooler EGT than when it was stock.

 Stock Programming Evolution Level 1
Horsepower: 321 hp at 2,900 rpm 362 hp at 2,900 rpm
Torque: 605 lb-ft at 2,350 rpm 711 lb-ft at 2,300 rpm
Peak Boost: 25 psi 25 psi
Peak EGT: 1,266 degrees 1,200 degrees
Photo 6/10   |   2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Edge Products Evolution CTS Installed
Programming the truck between tests was as simple as following the directions on the CTS monitor and cycling the key off and on when prompted. All in all, changing tunes takes less than 10 minutes.
Photo 7/10   |   2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Rear View 01
For the drag race portion of our testing, we found ourselves at Rocky Mountain Raceway’s quarter-mile dragstrip just outside Salt Lake City. Once again, we got started by running the truck stock and then uploaded the Level 4 tune to see the most dramatic performance increases. The result? The Ram picked up 10 mph and shaved more than a second and a half off its initial quarter-mile sprint.

Quarter-mile Results
 Stock Programming Evolution CTS Level 4
Elapsed Time: 16.23 seconds 14.69 seconds
Speed: 83 mph 93 mph
60-ft: 2.29 seconds 2.03 seconds
*Testing performed in 4-Hi
Photo 8/10   |   2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Front View Towing
Injecting a little bit of Diesel Power Challenge into the testing, 12,000 pounds worth of mini-excavator and trailer were attached to the truck as we ran it through the eighth-mile. With the Evolution set to Level 1, the extra 40 hp and 100 lb-ft on tap were enough to increase trap speed by 2 mph and lower the truck and trailer’s elapsed time by nearly half a second.

Eighth-Mile Trailer Tow Results
 Stock Programming Evolution Level 1
Elapsed Time: 15.23 seconds 14.79 seconds
Speed: 47 mph 49 mph
60-ft: 3.85 seconds 3.78 seconds
*Testing performed in 4-Hi
Photo 9/10   |   2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Towing View
The tow test portion of our visit with Edge took place along Utah State Route 167 near Huntsville, with the same 12,000-pound trailer behind us. A series of performance tests consisted of runs from 0 to 55 mph (the posted speed limit), 10 to 60 mph, and 30 to 60 mph on a mountain grade. Along the test route, elevation increased from 4,900 feet to 6,000 feet, further helping us simulate the kind of extreme conditions many diesel trucks find themselves in on a daily basis.

Tow Test Times
 Stock Programming Evolution Level 1
10-50 mph: 16.88 seconds 14.40 seconds
10-55 mph: N/A 17.58 seconds
10-60 mph: N/A 26.83 seconds
0-40 mph: 13.95 seconds 11.91 seconds
0-45 mph: 17.98 seconds 13.94 seconds
0-50 mph: 28.60 seconds 17.69 seconds
0-54 mph: N/A 25.75 seconds
30-50 mph: 20.00 seconds 12.92 seconds
30-55 mph: 28.04 seconds 17.65 seconds
30-60 mph: N/A 24.58 seconds
*Testing performed in 4-Hi
*N/A = not enough power to achieve the target speed
Fuel Economy Test
The final leg of testing took us from Huntsville, Utah, to just outside Henefer, Utah, and back for the fuel economy drive. The 60-mile test loop was made up of two-lane highway driving (55 mph), minimal city driving (40 mph), and interstate cruising (70 mph). Just as we’d done before, the first test was conducted with the stock ECM programming, followed by the preferred tune in the Evolution’s arsenal (Level 2 in this case—a tune designed for achieving maximum fuel economy).
Between tests, the truck was topped off at the same fueling station and in the same fashion: The tank was filled until the pump kicked off, 10 seconds were counted off, the pump was kicked on again until shutting off, and then that process was repeated two more times. Throughout the fuel economy test, special care was taken to ensure the truck experienced no regeneration cycles (DPF cleanings, i.e. excess fuel consumption), and the end results yielded a 0.7-mpg improvement thanks to the Evolution.

 Stock ProgrammingEvolution Level 2
Trip: 60.4 miles 60.4 miles
Fuel used: 3.084 gallons 2.975 gallons
Economy: 19.6 mpg 20.3 mpg
Photo 10/10   |   2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Rear View


Edge Products
Ogden, UT 84404



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