Best bang for the buck - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-03-2017, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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What is the best performance upgrade that give the best bang for the buck? CAI? Computer programmer?
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Tune for Sure. Check out BNR - I'm pleased with theirs.
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Supermodulation and BNR are the top tuners on this forum, in my opinion.

2015 Laser Blue Colorado LT
CC, 4X4, V6, SB

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LED light bar - 32"
HID headlights
LED fog lights
LED high beams
LED reverse lights
LED license plate lights
LED visor lights
LED dome lights
LED switchback front turn signal lights
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LED bed lights
LED tail lights
LED sidemarkers
Canyon swapped tail lights
Red painted calipers
Supermod ported throttle body
Silver metallic rally stripes
Super Skidz skid plate
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-03-2017, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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What about Hypertech tuners?
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None are much.

You are talking only a few HP here and there on the gas engines and no all the totals do not add up and often the learn feature can negate the gain unless the programmer opens it up for the other items.


And exhaust and intake can help in mid to upper RPM but again you are only speaking about a few HP.


Now I have not seen it done yet but the Diesel with a programmer and Turbo could see some major gains if the aftermarket offers tuning. Turbo engines respond much to tuning and gains are large.


There are few real performance parts for these engines and so real gains would be expensive and difficult to get. In time we may see more since the Cadillac and Camaro also use the same engine.

There is always NOS but there is also the risk of damage if you don't get it right.


Right now a tuner is about the best you can get and add an exhaust if the learn feature is turned off. Even then the gains are small.


It is not like the old days where for a under $1000 dollars you can add a couple 50-200 HP unless you have a turbo.


The real gain here is the Superchargers that are offered. Mallets appears well sorted and combine it with the exhaust it will give the best bang but like everything else how fast you want to go comes down to how much you want to spend.

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Blower (didn't say how many bucks right?)
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None are much.

You are talking only a few HP here and there on the gas engines and no all the totals do not add up and often the learn feature can negate the gain unless the programmer opens it up for the other items.

I went with a Diablo InTune handheld tuner, but not because I wanted to gain a ton of horsepower. My 2016 Z71 had some "issues" from the factory. The transmission program was garbage, the worst behaving shift behavior I have ever experienced. Also, the accelerator really needed to be buried to make the truck move the way it should.

The Diablo made it possible for me to adjust the transmission's shitty shifting behavior and adjust the throttle "boost" so that the vehicle moves without applying too much pressure to the accelerator. The throttle issue was just personal preference, but the transmission program is really a necessity in my opinion. The Diablo is a handheld tuner that can be used on many vehicles, so I can keep it even if I ever sell the truck. Plus, there's a guy named Lew who can modify parameters beyond what the handheld can do, so there's always that route too if you want to get more extreme with it. If you already have the tuner you don't pay as much for his programs. He goes by DiabLew on Diablo's forums.


The info below doesn't answer your question, but I figured I'd share anyway....

From the factory, my transmission would literally keep me locked into 3rd or 4th gear while I was making turns. Waaaay too high a gear for accelerating from 5-10mph. That made the truck bog down coming out of turns, unless I mashed the throttle. I understand the rationale for wanting to keep us locked into a higher gear (less revs, better MPG) but the implementation was done very poorly. Instead of dropping the vehicle into 2nd gear so the vehicle could get back up to speed, my Colorado would still have me locked into a much higher gear so I had very little power to accelerate after the turn was completed. So, obviously I would have to really hit the throttle to actually speed up at a decent rate. Well, doing that would finally drop it down into 2nd gear, but AFTER the truck would be at 3-4K rpm for a few seconds, which negated any fuel savings. Anyway, stupid engineering on GM's part, and I really hope they eventually fixed it. My dealer couldn't help me since nothing was "wrong". There have been hundreds of posts about that issue, but I did the program and it helped it a lot. Sorry this was so long, but more info is always better right? lol
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I second the Diablo tune (InTune i2), but only if the better tuners found on this site(or 355N) are not an option for you.

It is pricey for the convenience, but base 87 octane tune really did fix every little complaint I had with my truck. Throttle response is better, shifting is immediate, the overdrive power at highway speed is better and the transmission is not so "stubborn" with staying in that gear. Also, bumping up the idle by 50 rpm really smooths the truck out when sitting in traffic. The idle vibration is almost entirely eliminated with the idle set to 700 rpm.

As previously mentioned, the tool allows custom tuners to send you an even better tune. Using the recorded data from the InTune, you can send this to a custom tuner who will tailor a tune specifically for your truck, your driving habits, and your environment, etc..

Again, a real tune from the usual suspects will always be better bang for buck. Not everyone has that convenience/patience, though, so I think the Diablo InTune i2 is a great alternative if you are willing to spend the cash.
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save your $$$ there is nothing that will give you any appreciable performance over stock
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