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Bully Dog or other Tuner problems?

I was wondering if anyone has had any bad things happen due to using a BD or other tuner on a Titan.

I want to get intake, exhaust, and maybe a couple of other things, but from reading on TT, it seems a bully dog is a relatively inexpensive way to add some quick power, and if I upgrade parts later, I can always sell it. I am just unsure of using this, due to a friends bad experience.

He had a 6.0 Pwerstroke and a Bully Dog screwed his engine. $2500 later, it was fixed. I know the diesel and gas engine are two different animals, but this has me hesitant to add a tuner.

Thanks for sharing your stories.

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Re: Bully Dog or other Tuner problems?

One out of thousands is a good ratio. Seems most titan users see good performance results. The few times issues pop up generally relate to updating the bdgt itself, or problems getting the tune to upload to the truck which is usually fixed with a call into tech support.

Just go for it, getting rid of the throttle restriction alone is worth it.
When it comes Uprev time sell it and you cover more than half the cost.
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Re: Bully Dog or other Tuner problems?

Thanks for the info. I am considering the power pup since I really don't need the monitoring screen and also to save a little $.

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Re: Bully Dog or other Tuner problems?

No prob.

They discontinued the power pup so might stop support for it who knows. If you've got the extra $$$ go for the bdgt. Ajusa ships new for $330, pick a used one up for average of $300, maybe cheaper now since the new ones are cheaper than they used to be.
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Re: Bully Dog or other Tuner problems?

I love my bdgt. I wouldn't pick any other tuner other than uprev. I agree with Donson about going for the gt over the pup. Even if you don't install the monitor it can be very helpful to check things from time to time like your afr. I would install it though for monitoring trans temp and afr.

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Re: Bully Dog or other Tuner problems?

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I was wondering if anyone has had any bad things happen due to using a BD or other tuner on a Titan.

I want to get intake, exhaust, and maybe a couple of other things, but from reading on TT, it seems a bully dog is a relatively inexpensive way to add some quick power, and if I upgrade parts later, I can always sell it. I am just unsure of using this, due to a friends bad experience.

He had a 6.0 Pwerstroke and a Bully Dog screwed his engine. $2500 later, it was fixed. I know the diesel and gas engine are two different animals, but this has me hesitant to add a tuner.

Thanks for sharing your stories.
I would not compare the two. Bullydog does make a "inferior" tuner when it comes to diesels. Yes, I have heard horror stories. In regards to the gassers, I never heard anything negative. There is alot more to screw up with diesels (boost, timing,fuel, line pressure etc.) than our gassers. Don't hesitate in purchasing the BD for the T.....wake the beast up!

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Re: Bully Dog or other Tuner problems?

I have read that there is little risk as well, except the dealer warranty being honored, but mine is out of warranty. I just figured I should ask on here so I know before hand of any problems that a tuner may cause.

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Re: Bully Dog or other Tuner problems?

I'm running one on my 2010,still under warranty...and yes the whole service department knows about it.

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Re: Bully Dog or other Tuner problems?

FYI, Nissan can't tell it's been on there if you take it off. I'm an advisor at a dealer. Take it off and you're as good as gold.
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By the way chadp82 nice badge on your grill.

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Re: Bully Dog or other Tuner problems?

You can't compare much to the 6.0, any tuner will blow it unless it has egr delete and head studs. Bullydog tune is a pos to begin with anyway

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Buddy told me he blew his head off his 6.0 with some other mods and he even had head studs. He put alot of money in that motor only to end up scrapping it, it is a pos motor. He switched to a cummins and put close to 20k in that drive train. 6 speed manual 750hp on the dyno, dont remeber the tq but it was north of 1200lbs. You cant compare a turbo vehicle tune to a n/a canned tune.
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I know the 6.0 had problems with tuners. I was curious if they created problems in gas engines at all

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Buddy told me he blew his head off his 6.0 with some other mods and he even had head studs. He put alot of money in that motor only to end up scrapping it, it is a pos motor. He switched to a cummins and put close to 20k in that drive train. 6 speed manual 750hp on the dyno, dont remeber the tq but it was north of 1200lbs. You cant compare a turbo vehicle tune to a n/a canned tune.
Wasn't done right then, I know 6.0s with more power than your neighborhood. If a head job is done right it can handle a **** load of power. I know people with injectors, turbos, and custom tunes holding up just fine

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Hey guys I need some help please...I just bought a BDGT, pretty straight forward install BUT I got no instructions. I did the update to the GT, installed OBD and mounted it. The 12v power plug (going into OBD) says to wire into fuse box to a key on/off powered fuse, ok I got on but the cord has a red and black wire in cover. I tried BD Tech and they haven't called me Yet, I hooked up the red wire and unit works and download to ECM fine. I have tried different setting combos and I can't feel/see any difference. I need to know does the black wire get power also or ground, and please tell me best combo to run. I only have added a nismo intake. I have it now +2 timing/ air fuel on sensor A/ throttle @ stock hp (restriction on or off no change)/ rev limit off/ raised MPH/ please advise...I feel like I have pissed away 340 bucks. Thanks....(is tranny adjustable? And where is setting)
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