Finally, a REAL Dodge tuning solution!
There has been a void in the tuning world.
A black hole casting it's shadow over Dodge owners thirsty to modify their cars, getting waxed by 03 Cobras and Supercharged LS1's, with huge aspirations of bolt on power adders...with only one problem:
Who can tune it?
Torrie McPhail from Unleashed Tuning and Fast Parts Network knows this all too well.
He purchased his 2005 Viper in February 2005, eagerly anticipating the release of tuning software so he could work his magic.
He's waited, and waited, and waited some more for someone to come forward with tuning software.
He waited so long, in fact, that he went on and purchased a Ford GT, bolted on a twin turbo kit and was making over 1100 HP at the tire before there was even a buzz about someone working on Dodge software.
As the viper sat neatly in his garage in "stock" form, Torrie has been jumping on soapboxes and screaming like Mike D with a megaphone, sending e-mails, placing forum posts and making any noise he can about the need for Dodge custom tuning software.
It's fitting that SCT would come forward with a solution and save the day for talented tuners like Torrie.
In the past, people who wanted to bolt on a supercharger or make other serious modifications to their JTEC equipped Viper or other Dodge/Mopar vehicles vehicle have had poor choices (or no choices) for tuning, aside from expensive (and time consuming) stand alone management or inline devices that just can't bring the open loop fuel control on soon enough to make power and keep the engine safe.
August 9, 2007 was a day of change.
Chris Johnson from SCT and Torrie McPhail tackled the Viper with SCT's new Dodge tuning software and with the use of HP Performance's Dyno (Thanks Tony!) they were able to test the new software, make power, and create a platform for the beginnings of a new era of tuning.
Their mission: to test SCT's Dodge custom tuning software at the real-world, dealer level, work out the bugs, load test files into some Dodge specific XCalibrator 2's, and wail away on the dyno for awhile.
After a few very minor errors (Dodge JTEC computers can be tough to "talk" to) that were solved through firmware revisions, they were making power gains, cleaning up the air fuel ratio and making the car more drivable at part throttle and full throttle.
The software: Easy to use like SCT's current Ford and GM software. You'll need a strong understanding of automotive tuning, but you won't spend all day looking for tuning maps, they are already located, and most are defined.
The power: Peak gains were over 10 HP and 25 Ft Lbs of torque. This was just by making some quick changes to the tune, loading in a few test files and running the dyno for results. Impressive.
Not only are the peak gains (especially the torque gain!) great, but looking at the dyno chart makes it obvious power is available at all RPMs, which translates into a Viper thats more fun...we like that =o)
Dodge and Ford are notorious for leaving power on the table on a stock car, usually resulting from extremely conservative timing, torque management and what some call the "downhill run" air fuel curve.
In stock form, the engine runs to rich at high RPM to make max HP, and too lean at low RPM to make it's full potental of asphalt ripping torque.
Torrie and Chris show us how little software, a lot of knowhow and a few hours on the dyno can quickly yield impressive results.
Did we mention Torrie also has an SRT8 Jeep that runs 12's?
Soon, we expect to see Dodge tuning software for ETC or "Fly by Wire" vehicles, such as the 5.7 Hemi and 6.1 Hemi.
Expect Torrie and Unleashed Tuning to be one of the front-runners in this race.
Ford and Chevy might want to watch their back.
There's a new guy in town!
If you're in the Jaxsonville / St. Augustine Florida area (or even if you're not), take your Ford, GM or Dodge to Torrie at Unleashed Tuning for your custom tune!
Dodge vehicles supported now:
Gen 2 Viper
Gen 3 Viper
96-99 Hemi Truck
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