If you’re looking for a way to make your Dodge faster, you’re in the right place.
Performance chips offer some of the best upgrades to your Dodge motor vehicle for easy upgrades in fuel economy, horsepower, and torque. Taking only 60 seconds to install, your vehicle’s mileage and performance increase dramatically. How is this possible?
This article features a performance chip from Chip Your Car, a market leader in the field of performance chips and performance chip tuning. However, the comments below will apply to some degree to performance chips sourced from other reputable companies. (We can’t vouch for them all.)
Can I make my Dodge faster with a performance chip tune?
Short answer: heck yeah. Absolutely.
What on Earth is a performance chip tune?
In the heyday of muscle cars, gear-heads could manually adjust the settings on their distributors and carburetors to increase power. However, today, computers make many adjustments that the gear-heads used to make manually with tools. ECU tuning is the modern way to improve your car’s performance by upgrading or ‘tuning’ its computer.
Tip: ECU tuning is an umbrella term for Electronic Control Unit. It refers to any device that can be used to fine-tune a vehicle’s computer system.
ECUs include performance chips, performance programmers, and tuners. Formerly, some chips would replace the original chip in your vehicle’s computer. Today, folks simply use ECU performance chips. There are many reasons for using ECU performance chips. We will explain why you might want to make this modification and how it could affect your vehicle’s performance.
Why would I use a performance chip?
Performance chips can tell the engine to run for optimal performance. It does this by controlling fuel delivery and ignition timing. This allows them to deliver the best fuel economy while getting the most power out of the vehicle in most situations.
Performance chips were–and are–great, but installing them was a bit of a palaver. Engineering and tune-up companies like ours began introducing OBD2 (onboard diagnostics 2) to offer a standard system with enhanced features. Today, Do-It-Yourself ECU tuning allows almost anyone to take greater control of their vehicle’s performance. Groovy, or what?
Modern ECUs plug directly into the electronics system underneath your vehicle’s hood. It works directly with your electronic system and intercepts data your vehicle sends to its onboard computer. Then, like a sneaky little speed demon, it analyzes the data and adjusts it to improve your vehicle’s performance before passing it on to your vehicle’s computer, which is none the wiser for the ‘tampering’.
Come on, it can’t all be ‘groovy’?
No, of course not. As with everything else in life, there are upsides and downsides.
- You will get a better fuel economy, a smoother ride, and lots more power and torque.
- It’s affordable.
- You don’t have to tamper with your vehicle’s existing components.
- If you have to sell your vehicle or bring it in for emission testing, you can return your vehicle to its factory setting in moments.
- Due to their increased performance, some tunes may require a premium fuel upgrade.
- Greater performance means greater wear on your parts–especially if the extra performance turns you into a lunatic race car driver.
- Something’s gotta give. Horsepower, torque, and speed thrills, or miles per gallon? Choose!
How difficult is it to install a performance chip?
“Dead easy,” is the honest answer. Installing one of these is as straightforward as plugging the unit into your computer, and once done, there’s nothing else to adjust! We hate to repeat ourselves, but is that groovy, or what?
Q. What do I need to do to get the full benefit of my Dodge Performance Chip?
A. As soon as you plug our Dodge Performance Chip into your OBD2 port, it begins remapping your vehicle’s ECU (Electronic Control Unit). After about 125 miles of driving usage, the chip will have intelligently adapted itself to your vehicle and your driving habits. It will use what it has learned to remap your ECU to optimize consumption and performance.
Q. Will using our Dodge Performance Chip void my car’s warranty?
A. Absolutely not. Our tuning chips will not void any warranties. If your warranty has a severe underwriter, just disconnect your unit before presenting your car for service. If you can unplug and plug a toaster, you can unplug and plug our chips too. It really is that simple.
Afterword: can I make my Dodge faster with a performance chip tune?
There are a myriad of parts to boost your car’s performance and efficiency. ECU tuning options like ECU performance chips and performance tuners let you ‘hack’ your car’s computer and command it to run your vehicle at its maximum capacity.