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Pulsar Review: 2019 RAM 1500 Bighorn

MBORO19RAM

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I just purchased a Pulsar unit and would like to give my feedback and review:

Pro's: The speedo correction is nice function.
Con's: I did have to lower my tire size from the tire manufacturer specs a little bit to get it spot on.

Pro's: MDS shut-off is a nice feature
Con's: It does not keep it off all the time like others have stated. I don't care for this so I go to manual mode with gear selector

Pro's: Throttle response is changed between modes which is nice. ECO = Lazy, Stock = Same, Tow = Med, Performance = Super touchy
Con's: None really

Pro's: Tow and Performance modes you can feel a difference in the mapping. Throttle response, timing (it will ping without good fuel), traction control (it spins tires easily in Performance mode). In ECO mode throttle is lazier and I am recording almost 1 mpg better but more time is needed to truly tell.
Con's: Really none here as all options are good IMO with a piggy back unit.

Pro's: Adjustability between modes is nice.
Con's: I can't make mine do this on the fly. I have to put the truck in park in order to switch modes. Not sure if this is in an update or if I am doing something wrong.
Update: Works on the fly now after figured it out. Really like that feature!

Final Verdict: It's an easy decision for me as it is a good purchase. The under $500 is a no brainer as I tend to blow more than that on other stuff not as cool.

Next step for me: In discussions with Jay Greene to custom tune. Will probably go with a separate PCM so that I can go back to Stock easily. I did this with my 2012 Challenger as at the time the security was an issue to tune and then later was handled easily. If I learned anything from my 2012 Challenger these guys will figure out how to work around it and the costs will go down as time goes by.

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ramirj2

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Nice! Got mine waiting for me on my garage.
Question about unlocked PCM.
Once you installed and unlock PCM it would work with whatever tuning device you chose?
As an example can I switch from a Diablosport to HP Tunners when they support Gen 5 without an issue?
 

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I just purchased a Pulsar unit and would like to give my feedback and review:

Pro's: The speedo correction is nice function.
Con's: I did have to lower my tire size from the tire manufacturer specs a little bit to get it spot on.

Pro's: MDS shut-off is a nice feature
Con's: It does not keep it off all the time like others have stated. I don't care for this so I go to manual mode with gear selector

Pro's: Throttle response is changed between modes which is nice. ECO = Lazy, Stock = Same, Tow = Med, Performance = Super touchy
Con's: None really

Pro's: Tow and Performance modes you can feel a difference in the mapping. Throttle response, timing (it will ping without good fuel), traction control (it spins tires easily in Performance mode). In ECO mode throttle is lazier and I am recording almost 1 mpg better but more time is needed to truly tell.
Con's: Really none here as all options are good IMO with a piggy back unit.

Pro's: Adjustability between modes is nice.
Con's: I can't make mine do this on the fly. I have to put the truck in park in order to switch modes. Not sure if this is in an update or if I am doing something wrong.
Update: Works on the fly now after figured it out. Really like that feature!

Final Verdict: It's an easy decision for me as it is a good purchase. The under $500 is a no brainer as I tend to blow more than that on other stuff not as cool.

Next step for me: In discussions with Jay Greene to custom tune. Will probably go with a separate PCM so that I can go back to Stock easily. I did this with my 2012 Challenger as at the time the security was an issue to tune and then later was handled easily. If I learned anything from my 2012 Challenger these guys will figure out how to work around it and the costs will go down as time goes by.

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I know this a performance review but i noticed you went with the Katzskin leather upgrade do you mind posting a photo of that? and how you do you like it?
 

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So does the pulsar add anything to the top? Or only to throttle? Like any added hp/power between 70 and 100 mph?
 

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I just purchased a Pulsar unit and would like to give my feedback and review:

Pro's: The speedo correction is nice function.
Con's: I did have to lower my tire size from the tire manufacturer specs a little bit to get it spot on.

Pro's: MDS shut-off is a nice feature
Con's: It does not keep it off all the time like others have stated. I don't care for this so I go to manual mode with gear selector

Pro's: Throttle response is changed between modes which is nice. ECO = Lazy, Stock = Same, Tow = Med, Performance = Super touchy
Con's: None really

Pro's: Tow and Performance modes you can feel a difference in the mapping. Throttle response, timing (it will ping without good fuel), traction control (it spins tires easily in Performance mode). In ECO mode throttle is lazier and I am recording almost 1 mpg better but more time is needed to truly tell.
Con's: Really none here as all options are good IMO with a piggy back unit.

Pro's: Adjustability between modes is nice.
Con's: I can't make mine do this on the fly. I have to put the truck in park in order to switch modes. Not sure if this is in an update or if I am doing something wrong.
Update: Works on the fly now after figured it out. Really like that feature!

Final Verdict: It's an easy decision for me as it is a good purchase. The under $500 is a no brainer as I tend to blow more than that on other stuff not as cool.

Next step for me: In discussions with Jay Greene to custom tune. Will probably go with a separate PCM so that I can go back to Stock easily. I did this with my 2012 Challenger as at the time the security was an issue to tune and then later was handled easily. If I learned anything from my 2012 Challenger these guys will figure out how to work around it and the costs will go down as time goes by.

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what do you mean by it will ping without good fuel. Like a notification or problems with the engine?
 

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"Con's: It does not keep it off all the time like others have stated. I don't care for this so I go to manual mode with gear selector". On mine, once I set it to performance MDS off, it will stay off.
 

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what do you mean by it will ping without good fuel. Like a notification or problems with the engine?
Meaning the Pulsar requires premium fuel, says so right in the instructions. Advancing the timing makes it long on lower octanes. Not a problem with the engine, u less you if keep the directions and run cheap gas.
 

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