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
26-inch wheels/tires

Before Flashpaq
0-60 mph 8.36 seconds
1/4-mile 17.33 seconds

After Flashpaq
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

FROM THE DRIVER SEAT
The Superchips Flashpaq tuner allowed us to fine-tune our '09 Dodge Ram with the just the push of a button. We noticed a loss in performance when we installed the 26-inch wheels and tires and the extra weight of the tonneau cover and audio system didn't help either. With the new Flashpaq tuner, we virtually restored the Ram's performance to factory specs and all we had to do was plug it in. It should also be noted, our impressive performance gains were made on 87 octane. We know that with 91 octane fuel and some more tuning, we could easily add more power and lower our performance times even more. The Racepak G2X Data System worked flawlessly as it provided us with important monitored data using GPS for exact measurements.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Time Spent Working: 20 Minutes
Degree Of Difficulty: Beginner

Tools Needed:
None

Parts Used:
Superchips Flashpaq tuner 3865 $339.95

Total: $339.95
(price from autoanything.com and does not include tax, but shipping was free)

SOURCE
Auto Anything
9210 Sky Park Court
Suite 100
San Diego
CA  92123
800-874-8888
http://www.autoanything.com
Superchips Inc.
1790 E. Airport Boulevard
Sanford
FL  32773
407-585-7000
http://www.superchips.com
Racepak Data Systems
30402 Esperanza
Rancho Santa Margarita
CA  92688
949-709-5555
www.racepak.com
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