2008-2017 RAM 1500 Superchips Flashcal & Amp’D Throttle Booster Performance Package Review & Install

2008-2017 RAM 1500 Superchips Flashcal & Amp’D Throttle Booster Performance Package Review & Install

Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com. And today we’re taking a closer look at, installing,
and walking through all the features of the Superchips Flashcal and the Amp’D Throttle
Booster Performance Package available for all ’08 to ’12 4.7-liter RAM 1500s and all
’08 to ’17 5.7-liter Hemi-equipped RAM 1500s. You should be checking out this package if
you’re not looking to go all-in on a handheld tuner, but looking for a package that’s not
only gonna give you a way better throttle response and acceleration, but also be able
to modify your vehicle’s ECU to accommodate for larger wheels and tires, correct your
speedometer, and take advantage of a number of other features such as gauges and data
logging as well as a DTC code reader. That’s a lot of information to take in. Let’s talk about it. The Superchips’ Flashcal option here isn’t
a handheld tuner but more so just going to talk to your ECU to adjust for things like
tire size, gear ratio, speed limiter, rev limiter, gear ratio, so on and so forth. You can modify all that using the Superchips
Flashcal. Now, we’re running a set of 35s on our RAM
1500. Without this, our speedometer calibration
is gonna be off. When you increase your tire size an inch,
maybe two, it’s not too much of a difference, but when you jump from something like a 30-inch
tire to a 35, we’re talking about several miles per hour, your speedometer can be off. So using this device, we can accommodate for
that correct speedometer, but we can also make other changes like I just mentioned. In addition to that, the Flashcal’s gonna
allow you to take advantage of a code reader. Check engine light comes on, plug this guy
in, read the code, get a description, and clear the code, getting rid of the light,
all using the Flashcal. Super useful. You can also monitor up to eight engine vitals
at once using the gauges screen. No need for a bunch of different gauge pods
on your A-pillar, on your dashboard. Plug this guy in, pick up a windshield mount,
and mount it in arm’s reach. You can monitor things like air-fuel ratio,
spark, battery voltage, so on and so forth, all using this and a colored screen. Some of the other one’s black and white. This one’s got a pretty unique colored screen
with the unique handheld device. It’s a pretty good shape, kind of ergonomic,
fits in your hand pretty well, and it’s a little bit skinnier than a smartphone. In addition to that, you’re also gonna be
able to run info, read your VIN number, strategy code, software, firmware version on the device
in case it needs updates, so a lot of useful things packed right into a small compact device. Now, because this is not an actual tuner,
it’s not adding any horsepower, you’re not tuning to 93 octane, you’re not increasing
horsepower and torque, but you’re modifying some of those parameters I just mentioned. If you’re looking to alter performance, that’s
why you’re looking at the performance pack. What’s included is the Amp’D throttle booster. Now, this thing, again, isn’t adding any horsepower
and torque, but instead, going to completely change your throttle response. There’s a such thing as a drive-by-wire delay. Basically what that means is there’s a delay
between the time you hit your gas pedal and the time your throttle body opens up and your
truck gets going. Now, that delay can be, you know, insignificant
in some cases, but for the most part, these trucks are a little bit laggy. They’re a little bit sluggish. Plugging this guy in, you get not only an
increase in several modes, giving you a 50% increase, 75%, and a 100% increase, completely
eliminating that delay, you’re also gonna take advantage of Extreme mode, which is what
we have it on right now where all three LEDs are blinking. This kit does include this switch that displays
these LEDs to tell you what mode you’re in. Extreme mode is gonna increase your throttle
response by 400%, which is meant for off-roading. You wanna make sure you’re taking caution
when using Extreme mode because it can make a huge difference to your acceleration getting
you off the line quicker than any mode available in any throttle booster in the category. So this one goes beyond just 100% increase,
400% with extreme mode. In addition to that, you’re also gonna take
advantage of valet mode, which is decreasing acceleration by 50% if you’re handing your
keys off to a valet attendant or handing your keys off to maybe your kid, if you’re teaching
them how to drive, might be a good way to ease them into performance. Now, because this one includes a switch, it’s
up to you where you mount it. We ran it up the steering column just to sit
right here to avoid drilling into our truck, but there is a bracket here with two pre-drilled
holes to allow you to mount it wherever you want, if you wanna take advantage of that. The throttle booster and the Flashcal come
in together in one package at about 500 bucks. Now, that’s pretty affordable considering
what the prices of some of the other actual handheld tuners are. If you’re not looking to tune your truck,
you’re not looking to tow that line between voiding your warranty and modifying your ECU,
this is a great way to go. You’re getting all the performance that you
would get in modifying your tire size and correcting your speedometer, and you’re also
modifying throttle response and acceleration. Five hundred bucks gets you everything you
see here in the performance pack. Install, one out of three wrenches on our
difficulty meter. Anybody can do this in the driveway at home
in about an hour’s worth of time, maybe even a little less if you have some experience
with this. Using this device here, super simple. You can be done with everything on this within
10 minutes. It’s that simple. Installing your throttle booster takes a little
bit more time, maybe a half-hour, 45 minutes. I’m gonna walk you through the install of
both devices, so what do you say we get started? Tools used in this install include only a
small flat head screwdriver. All right, guys. The first step here is to grab your Superchips
Flashcal tuner. We’re gonna plug this end here into our OBD-II
port, which is under the driver side dashboard here, right in the middle. So we’re gonna take this. Once that boots up, we’re gonna go right into
looking through the options. So from the main menu, you have Options, Scan,
and Info. It’s really your main menu. Now, because this isn’t an actual tuner in
the sense that you’re gonna add horsepower and torque, what we’re gonna do is focus on
changing options such as tire size. So we’re gonna go ahead and go right into
Options. We’re gonna grab our key and turn our ignition
on, but don’t actually start your engine. From there, press OK. All right. Once it establishes communication with your
RAM, with the ECU, it’ll take you here. You have Running Options, Vehicle Settings,
and Exit. So we’re gonna select Running Options. You can change your engine idle, you can change
some of those options. We’re gonna ignore that. I’m just showing you exactly what some of
the options are, but if you wanted to change your engine idle you can do so here. If not, you can hit Exit. Vehicle Settings, gives you a little bit more,
which is probably what you’re gonna mainly focus on. Tire size, gear ratio, transfer case, TPMS
warning, TPMS on or off, you can change some of those settings. What we’re gonna focus on here is tire size. Now, we’re running 35s on our RAMs, so whatever
your tire size is, if you’ve changed them, if you have bigger wheels and tires, what
you’re gonna do is just edit this to inches. We have 35s, so 35 inches. Press OK to save. What it does is it adjusts your speedometer. Anytime you add larger wheels and tires, especially
if you go really big like 35s or even 37s, it’s going to affect your speedometer accuracy. So what this does is it modifies that, corrects
it. So what we’re gonna do is turn ignition off
following directions on the screen, press Continue, and then back on. So this is a pretty important part of owning
a set of larger wheels and tires, when your speedometer’s inaccurate. You just wanna be careful and be safe on the
road. So this is a great way to do that. Once it’s done tuning your truck, it’s adjusting
that speedometer, it’ll take you right back to that menu. I’m not gonna go forward with modifying any
of the other parameters, but if you have a different gear ratio, say you upgrade to 4.10s,
whatever the case may be, you can modify that here, and again, it’ll make adjustments to
the ECU. So it’s really a good idea to have on deck. Tire size modified, and boom, there you go. Now, if you don’t have TPMS sensors in your
larger wheels and tires, you can go down here and turn them off so that TMPS light on your
dash goes off if it’s kind of annoying to look at. So that’s a good thing to take advantage of. So those are some of the options there and
we can hit Exit. Takes us back to those two options. Exit again, main menu. So that’s really jumping into the tuning aspect
of your Flashcal, focusing on the tire size and speedometer recalibration. If you wanted to move forward with some of
the other features of the device, you can select to the right, Scan. Now, that scan tool is focusing on your DTC
code. So the check engine light pops up. Don’t know what that’s about. Plug in your Superchips Flashcal, head over
to Scan, press OK. You can read the DTCs or diagnostic trouble
codes. It would give you a code and a description
for what’s throwing that engine light. From there, you can clear it and get that
light off. You can also take advantage of gauges and
data logging. And this, I think, is one of the options that
a lot of guys are gonna focus on after having the device plugged in. If you select Gauges, it gathers engine vitals
and allows you to display them on the screen here up to eight at a time, eight at one time. You can press OK. What we’re gonna do is select Fuel Trim, CMD
Fuel Ratio, just selecting some random ones that we can track here. Throttle Detail, Throttle Position Sensor,
Throttle Actuator. You can monitor a lot of these guys. Oxygen Sensors, bank one, Catalyst Temp. Hit Start. Confirm. So there you go. Everything that we selected is now displayed
in a gauge format. Super easy to read right there on the screen,
live at your fingertips from the driver seat. So if you wanna monitor some of these important
engine vitals, you can take advantage of that with this plugged in. Press Left and your Exit. Press Left again and Exit. Battery voltage. You can track battery voltage on the fly. This is pretty important. 11.7, 11.8, kind of fluctuating there. Vehicle’s not really on, but we have accessories
on so that makes sense. It’s under 12 volts. You can monitor that as well. Press OK when completed and then Left to go
back to the home screen. So Options and Scan. Finally, there’s Info. You can select this, and I’m not gonna jump
into it, but Info would give you things like the software version on your device, your
VIN number, your ECU strategy code, things like that that are important to requesting
custom tunes later on. If you decided to pick up a handheld tuner,
you can access some of the options here when requesting your tune. Some of those are gonna be pretty important. Say your VIN sticker is no longer there on
your truck, you can access your VIN right from this device, so some more important information
as well. If we jumped into that, there’s Device Info
and Vehicle Info, just like I said and Left to cancel. So there you have it, the three main menu
options available on the Superchips Flashcal. We’ve already modified our tire size, adjusted
our speedometer, corrected for that tire size change. What we’re gonna do now is unplug this device
and we’re gonna hop on to installing our throttle booster. All right, next install is gonna be for our
Amp’D throttle booster. Now, before we get started, what you wanna
do is grab a flat head screwdriver and we’re gonna open up the casing. This is the module casing, the motherboard,
and chip are underneath. So on the edges here, grab a flat head screwdriver,
you’re gonna go inside and just pry up on both sides. That pops that loose, and you can take it
out. We’re gonna set this guy aside for right now
and I’m gonna quickly explain how this is going to work. Now, we have a harness included in the kit,
and in the kit is your switch. Now, in some cases, you can purchase this
without the switch, but because we have this there’s a couple of extra steps included. Right on the motherboard here is where we’re
gonna program it. There’s a switch that has stock, low, and
high. Now, low and high aren’t really going to be
relevant for the guys who are owning it with this switch included because, without the
switch, these are the only two modes that you use, but with the switch you have more. What we’re gonna do is switch that down to
stock. Now, once we have the wiring plugged in, we’ll
be able to click Learn Pedal and program this to teach the module the throttle positions
in your pedal. I know that sounds confusing, but what we’re
gonna do is just set this down for right now. We’re gonna have to take this harness. This end’s gonna plug into that chip in just
a bit. The other end, we’re gonna unplug the throttle
pedal sensor and plug it into here and then we’re gonna plug this into the factory throttle
pedal sensor location. This is gonna go to your device and then finally,
the white harness is gonna plug into the switch. So let’s head under the dashboard, unplug
the throttle pedal sensor, and plug this guy in. All right, so now that we’re under the dashboard,
we’re gonna find our throttle pedal, follow it all the way up, and unplug this sensor
harness. What you’re gonna do is just pinch and disconnect
it. Grab the harness included in the kit, the
side that has the dual ends and plug the factory harness into the corresponding harness included
in the kit. So these two fit, plug that guy right in. That other end here with the red locking tab,
this is gonna plug into that factory spot. So we’re gonna bring this guy up and plug
it in to what we just unplugged. Right there, drop that red locking tab. All right, now we can go back up. All right, so now before we go any further
what we’re gonna do is program our chip here. We’re gonna plug the harness in that we just
plugged into the throttle sensor to the device by plugging in this gray connector, it’ll
snap right into place and lock in. From here, what we’re gonna do is switch this
from high or low to stock. All right, so once you switch to this to stock
and your key is in the ignition, but don’t start your engine, you wanna turn the ignition
on. Power will be solid, Status will be blinking,
and Level will be off. We have to teach this device the throttle
position and what we’re gonna do is press Learn Pedal and for 15 seconds, we’re gonna
push in and out, the gas pedal. After 15 seconds, Status will blink and Level
will be solid. So let’s press Learn Pedal, and we’re gonna
do this for 15 seconds until the LEDs change all the way to the floor and back out. Perfect. Status is flashing, Level turned off. Now what we can do is turn the ignition off. All right, so that’s good to go. We can take our case and close her up. So now that we have that closed up, we programmed
it, we can focus on connecting our switch because it’s included in the kit. We’re gonna take the white harness, our bracket,
and our 3M. We’re gonna take the 3M included in the kit,
says throttle sensitivity. It’s more of just a logo. Can peel off that 3M backing and what we’re
gonna do is throttle sensitivity facing forward, slide this over the switch, just so it’s around
the edge like that. Grab the bracket included in the kit and we’re
going to install this straight through just like this. Push it in, make sure throttle sensitivity
is rotated correctly and snap it into place. Now that you have your throttle switch mounted
to the bracket, what you can do is take the white harness included in the kit and plug
it in right to the back of this. It snaps right in place. Now, at this point, you’ll notice that the
top of the bracket has two pre-drilled holes on it. That gives you the option to drill in and
mount this bracket anywhere you want within arm’s reach of the driver seat. It gives you a lot of play with exactly where
you wanna put it. It’s all personal preference and for the sake
of this video, because we’re just gonna be removing this, we’re not gonna be drilling
into our dashboard. If you guys don’t wanna drill into yours either,
which is totally understandable, the alternative will be to get some really good 3M automotive
bonding tape and attach it to the top of this bracket. If you use that, adhesion promoter, and maybe
some alcohol wipes and clean off an area that you’d like, say like right here, you can mount
the switch right under the dashboard. And that’s a pretty good location for it there
somewhere on the side, maybe even on the other side, closer to the center console or the
center stack. It’s all personal preference. Some guys will even go as far as drilling
a half-inch hole and not using this bracket at all and just mounting the switch flush
up against the trim panel. Really, it’s all personal preference. If you wanna go that route, I’d say this is
a good spot. You can run the harness up through it and
plug it in from the back. It’s really all personal preference again. So because we’re not gonna be doing any drilling,
that’s just a good idea of where that would go. We’re not gonna mount this, but what we can
mount is our entire module itself. There are zip ties included in the kit, several
of them to be exact. What you can do is go right underneath the
dash, find a good spot where there are a lot of wires being run, and zip tie the module
back up there. The big key with mounting your module is to
make sure that it’s not gonna interfere with your brake pedal or your gas pedal. You don’t want that thing falling down or
getting in the way, prohibiting you from hitting that brake. It can be very dangerous. So wherever you do mount this, make sure it’s
nice and secure and tucked up into the dashboard. So that’s what we’re gonna tackle next. All right, so what I’m gonna do is just run
a zip tie through these pre-drilled holes on the side here, and I’m gonna zip tie it
right up above our OBD-II, which is a pretty safe spot for it. Now, with these excess wires, because we have
several zip ties, you can go up there and zip tie those back. Perfect. Now, again, with your switch, it’s all up
to you. You can run it straight up the steering column
or wherever you see fit. Just make sure it’s within arm’s reach. All right, so we’ve got our switch. I ran that up through the steering column
just to peak out here. What we’re gonna do is just run through the
menu real quick. With the switch, you have more options than
you do without. Now, as you can see, there are no LEDs lit,
which means we’re in stock mode. It’s gonna treat the vehicle as if nothing
has changed. Press it one time and the LED all the way
on the left is lit. That means you have a 50% throttle increase. One more time, 75% increase with LED number
2. For a third time, 100% increase, it’s completely
eliminating that delay. Your vehicle is really set up to have the
most throttle response. Now, you can take that a little bit further. If you press and hold this button for 10 seconds,
which I know sounds like a long time, but extreme mode will be activated and extreme
mode is gonna blink all three of the LEDs as you see here. Extreme mode is a 400% throttle sensitivity
increase. Extreme mode is really meant for off-road
use, guys, you wanna be careful when using this on the road. It’s definitely meant for off-road. And the reason you have to hold it for 10
seconds is it ensures that you can’t accidentally activate extreme mode. You press it one more time, it turns it off. Now, there’s one last mode to talk about,
and it’s a five-second hold on the switch. Hold that for five seconds, all three will
light up in a solid red. This is valet mood which decreases the sensitivity
by 50%. It takes stock and cuts it in half. That way, if you hand the keys off to a valet,
you know, in a parking lot or whatever, you might not wanna give them full access to all
the throttle just to make it a little bit safer and give you more peace of mind. That’s available on the sensitivity switch
as well, which is gonna come in handy for the most part. Now, another situation you may use valet mode
is if you’re teaching your kid how to drive. Maybe you don’t want them having full throttle
at first, valet mode’s a good one to give them just to get them, you know, in the rhythm
of driving the vehicle, especially a larger truck. So there you have it. There are a bunch of different modes here. If you hold that for another five seconds,
valet mode will turn off. The reason you have to hold it for five seconds,
unlike extreme mode is you hand this off to valet you don’t want them to easily be able
to turn it off. All right. So there you have it. Stock, +50, +75, +100. Hold it for 5 seconds for valet, hold it for
10 seconds for extreme. That’s gonna wrap up my review and install
for the Superchips Flashcal and Amp’D Throttle Booster Performance Package available for
the ’08 to ’12 4.7 and the ’08 to ’17 5.7 RAM 1500s. You can get yours right here at americantrucks.com.

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