TUNING SERVICES


At Pittsburgh Power, we pride ourselves on our ability to tackle the toughest challenges in vehicle performance. Owner-operators and fleet managers turn to us when other solutions fall short. This reputation is built on the expertise of our dedicated engineering team.

For over a decade, we have offered affordable and dependable diagnostics and ECM tuning services. Our quick turnaround times and road-tested tunes have saved thousands of customers time and money. At Pittsburgh Power, we deliver practical solutions that keep vehicles running efficiently and reliably on the road.


Factory Uprate (1990-Newer)

This tuning option is the economical choice for any owner-operator looking to maximize their vehicle's performance without incurring high costs. By optimizing your engine's parameters, this factory uprate boosts your engine's power to its highest original configuration for its specific model year. This means you get the best possible performance that your engine was designed to deliver, enhancing your driving experience with improved acceleration, power, and responsiveness.

$650



STAGE 1 (2011-Newer)

 

This tune offers an excellent way for our customers to enhance both the power and fuel efficiency of their vehicles beyond the original factory settings, all at a budget-friendly price. By optimizing the engine's performance, this tune enables a significant increase in horsepower and torque, allowing your vehicle to deliver better acceleration and overall performance. Specifically, you can anticipate a boost of up to 35 horsepower (HP) and 75 pound-feet of torque (TQ). This enhancement not only improves your driving experience by making your vehicle more responsive and powerful but also maintains cost-effectiveness by potentially reducing fuel consumption due to more efficient engine operation.

 

$950



STAGE 2 (2010-Older)

This tuning option is tailored for operators seeking a fully customized experience, offering personalized performance enhancements for engines from the year 2011 and older. Your engine's CPL (Control Parts List) is the only limitation, ensuring that the modifications are perfectly suited to your specific engine configuration.

Whether your goal is to maximize fuel economy, boost power, or achieve a balanced mix of both, our tuning service can meet your needs. We take into account your driving habits, performance goals, and vehicle specifications to create a tune that optimizes your engine's capabilities.

$1450


STAGE 3 (2011-Newer)

 

This tuning option is tailored for operators seeking a fully customized experience, offering personalized performance enhancements for engines from the year 2011 and Newer. Your engine's CPL (Control Parts List) is the only limitation, ensuring that the modifications are perfectly suited to your specific engine configuration.

Whether your goal is to maximize fuel economy, boost power, or achieve a balanced mix of both, our tuning service can meet your needs. We take into account your driving habits, performance goals, and vehicle specifications to create a tune that optimizes your engine's capabilities.

 

 

$2250


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is tuning my engine safe?

Yes, if used properly, the engine can be operated at a higher power level

How does the tune work?

Building a tune requires input from the owner about the truck and its typical working conditions. We adjust combustion parameters such as torque request, timing, desired boost, rail pressure, and more depending on what the engine has equipped. A combination of these changes creates what the OEMs call a "combustion recipe". We choose the recipe based on what the driver is looking for. For example, an owner that wants more fuel economy will get a tune with more low-speed torque and not a lot of high RPM horsepower. This allows the truck to stay in a higher gear longer to get the RPMs down which increases fuel economy.

How does the remote tuning process work?

The truck owner starts the process by scheduling a time and date with the remote dealer. The remote dealer does not need to let us know when they are coming but it is appreciated. We work 7 am to 7 pm ET 7 days a week. We ask that you DO let us know ahead of time for weekend tunes. The remote dealer and/or the tuner come up with what tune they want based on driving situations etc. It typically takes 0.5-1.5 hours to tune a truck from start to finish.

How much horse power can I get?

Refer to our Tuning Guide book for a list of the engines we can do and what we typically can get from them. These numbers are not set in stone. We can usually go more or less than the ratings listed depending on the situation.

What happens if I lose my tune?

We do not charge the dealer for retuning the engine, but the remote dealer is free to charge. Typically the dealer charges the owner $150. If it takes longer than it is supposed to because of unforeseen events, the customer could be charged more.

What is an Economy tune?

A tune focused on fuel economy means giving the engine more low-speed torque and not a lot of high RPM horsepower. This allows the truck to stay in a higher gear longer to get the RPMs down. This increases fuel economy. On a newer engine, we adjust things like rail pressure, timing, and requested airflow to increase fuel efficiency.

What is a power/heavy haul tune?

We offer this to owners that want as much as possible from their engine with little regard for fuel economy. This means the tune is primarily focused on improving full-throttle performance. There isn’t much that is done in the cruising range of the engine besides relaxing tables that limit smoke. We have learned from combined experience how much torque, boost, turbo speed, exhaust temperature the engine can handle and for how long. We approach these limits and dial them back to give them a margin of safety.

How do I drive after the tune?

You do not need to drive any differently. However, after the tune, you will have the ability to pull the engine down further. In other words, you shouldn’t need to downshift as much.

Where is the "sweet spot" on my engine?

That is a difficult question because of the numerous variables that go into the answer. From our dyno testing, we say as a rule of thumb, the lower the engine speed the better the fuel economy. The nuance to this rule is that you don’t want to excessively lug the engine. When you are under a hard pull you want to do that at 1600+ RPM.

How much boost will I make after the tune?

That depends on the engine generally. You will see an increase of a few psi. Most of our tunes make 32-38 psi of boost at full load. Acert engines make 48-56+ psi after being tuned. Boost pressure during cruising for a VGT will change based on EGR flow and engine operating mode. There is no standard number for this.

What gauges should I have, or which ones should I get?

We strongly advise you to install a pyrometer and boost gauge if running a heavy haul tune. There isn’t much room for error, and a parts failure could lead to engine damage. However, we keep derates and shutdowns in place so the ECM can protect the engine.

How long does it take for a remote tune and a tune in the shop?

A remote tune on average takes 0.5 to 1.5 hours. A tune in our shop takes about the same time.

Do you keep a record of my tune?

Yes, we keep a complete back up your ECM’s information.

Do I need to change any parts for the tune?

For engines without a VGT turbo or older than 2007   

      We only need to start to consider changing parts when the owner is considering a heavy haul tune. A DD4 will need to upgrade to a larger turbo to make the airflow needed for that power range. A CAT engine will need to upgrade a turbo and injectors if they want 800+ horsepower. These situations can be discussed on a case-by-case basis.
 
For engines with a VGT turbo or newer than 2008
      The owner will not need to change any parts for the heavy haul tune. There is a surprising amount of airflow with a factory turbo. We are limited to “smaller” CPL ISX engines for high RPM horsepower. These CPLs usually start life as a 400 or 450HP engine. These engines make great torque but run out of air at the higher RPMs.

Who do I talk to for scheduling?

When looking to receive a tune remotely, you will need to call and set up an appointment with the remote dealer. When scheduling a tune at Pittsburgh Power, you will need to speak to our service department. If the tuners are not busy, we can usually fit you in within a day or two.

Why does my engine derate at altitude?

The lack of air density at altitude means we have to pull power to keep exhaust temperature low and keep the engine from smoking.


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