Video: Edge Products Puts Its Tuner to the Test
Testing Shows Improvements in Performance, Economy, and Towing
The aftermarket is full of claims of improved performance, but the true test of a product’s effectiveness is putting it to the test through objective measures of the claims. Over the last decade, diesel trucks have become the choice of many enthusiasts for their performance potential from just a few simple bolt-ons or programmer tuning.
Edge Products invited former Diesel Power Editor Mike McGlothlin to Utah to put its new CTS Evolution tuner to the test on a 2009 Ram Cummins so he could experience the gains for himself. It’s important to keep in mind that all of these performance gains were made with the factory emissions systems, including the diesel particulate filter (DPF), intact.
First up was a dyno test, in which the tuner was put in the “Hot” tune mode, which yielded an impressive 300 lb-ft of torque, and 100 hp over stock. Next was a tow test near Huntsville, Utah, in which the trucks were driven full throttle uphill with a 12,000-pound load, in an attempt to top 50 mph. In stock tune, the truck reached 50 mph, but just barely. With the Level 1 tow mode, the truck was able to get to 55 mph. After that, the trailer was unhooked, and the truck was tested for fuel economy, with the Economy Tune yielding a 1.63 mpg improvement.
Finally, the truck was taken to the drag strip for an unloaded and loaded drag strip run. Unloaded, the quarter-mile time was 1.5 seconds faster with a 10 mph higher speed. In the 1/8-mile test with the trailer, the truck was a half-second faster with a 2 mph higher top speed. Check out the videos below!
Source: Edge Products