While we know that the truck aftermarket caters to Chevy/GMC and Ford trucks, Dodge's latest product is its best ever and the new 5.7L Hemi V8 absolutely screams. Because of this, it came as a surprise to us when we found out the aftermarket was having difficulty cracking the Hemi's computer. Dodge computers have always been notoriously difficult and the '09+ Ram 1500 apparently had the mother-load of tuning issues.
After years of experience, we know that tuning a truck is a sure-fire way to release some of the power potential the manufacturer left on the table, which is why we jumped at the opportunity to test Superchips' new Flashpaq tuner designed for the new Hemi trucks.
To get our Superchips Flashpaq at a great price, we logged on to AutoAnything.com and placed an order for part number 3865. In just a matter of days, we had the new programmer and were ready to hammer on the Ram. Autoanything.com has thousands of parts ready to ship out and we couldn't find a cheaper price anywhere. Rather than just show the unit plugging in and calling it a day, we wanted rock-solid data to compare 0-60 mph acceleration, 1/4-mile speed, 60-0 mph braking, and a slalom agility course. Using GPS data acquisition from Racepak, we were able to see just how big of a difference the new tuner made on our '09 Ram. After putting our heavily customized '09 Dodge Ram through its performance evaluation, we introduced it to a Superchips Flashpaq performance tuner and once again dropped the hammer on the track.
2009 Dodge Ram 1500
5.7L Hemi V8 engine
0-60 mph 8.36 seconds
1/4-mile 17.33 seconds
0-60 mph 8.0 seconds
1/4-mile 16.86 seconds
* Testing was performed with 87 octane and recorded using Racepak G2X GPS data acquisition equipment