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Chips & Tuners


Chips and Tuners

Why are Diesel Performance Chips, Modules, Programmers and Tuners so popular? The main reason is obvious: they provide any turbo diesel owner with quick and easy access to increased horsepower and torque. Every diesel owner loves having more freedom to pass, less turbo lag, and of course the greatly enhanced towing power that comes from making an electronic tuning modification to your diesel. Sometimes, you just want the ability to smoke your tires if you feel like it, but once you’re done burning rubber, most diesel performance chips also provide their users with another substantial benefit, improved fuel mileage. It might seem illogical to think that you can get more power and better fuel economy at the same time by using a diesel programmer, but it’s true. Top tuning companies build programmers that come pre-loaded with proven tunes that help milk every drop of performance and economy out of your diesel. Optimal engine and fuel delivery timing gives you a more complete burn than you get with your factory tune. Diesel performance programmers also give your diesel more power in a higher gear, meaning less downshifting and lower RPM’s. Fuel pressures are also often increased, causing better diesel fuel atomization. Better atomization improves the burning of your diesel fuel, which also translates to improved fuel economy. Black Cloud Diesel Performance carries electronic diesel performance upgrades for every application from all the major manufacturers in the industry. You can trust Black Cloud Diesel Performance to point you in the right direction when choosing a chip, tuner, or programmer.  Not sure which diesel performance upgrade is right for you and your diesel truck? Just give us a call, and we’ll be happy to provide you with the perfect solution for your needs.


tschip.jpgSince modern diesel engines are computer controlled, there are large performance gains to be unleashed by altering engine operating parameters. Diesel tuners, such as diesel chips, modules, & programmers, allow you to unlock this performance potential by adjusting engine settings such as injection timing, fuel pressure, & injector pulse width. The great thing about diesel tuners is that they install in a short amount of time with basic tools & offer large performance gains per dollar.

Diesel Chip:
A chip plugs directly into the engine's PCM & alters operation parameters such as fuel pressure, injection timing, & injection pulse width. Chips are capable of "on-the-fly" tuning, meaning you can change between different power settings while the truck is running or driving. An example is a TS Performance Chip.

Diesel Programmer:
Programmers plug into a truck's OBDII (on-board diagnostic) port and then reprogram the vehicles PCM with altered operation parameters. Aftermarket tunes alter injector pulse width, injection timing, fuel pressure, & other events in order to increase performance. Unlike chips & modules, programmers do not offer "on-the-fly" tuning, meaning the engine will have to be shut down in order to select a different performance setting. Changing performance settings can take up 10 minutes to complete the reprogramming. An example is a Smarty Programer.

Diesel Module/Box:
A module/box installs under the hood of the vehicle and connects to various sensors (usually fuel pressure & manifold absolute pressure sensors) & the engine PCM. By collecting data from the sensors, factory engine calibrations are altered & enhanced to optimize performance. Modules may feature "on-the-fly" setting changes if a switch or display is included. Some modules also use in-cab displays to show vital engine data like coolant temperature, turbocharger boost pressure, etc. An Example is a Mini Max Module.